Our Pastors

Pastor Ken Carlson

Rev. Ken Carlson, Associate Pastor

Pastor Ken grew up in the mid-west, and completed his high school years in northwest Montana. While in high school, he came to know the Lord through the influence of some Christian friends. As a new Christian, he went to California to attend Stanford University, where he studied Computer Science but ended up majoring in Philosophy. During his college years he sensed God’s call to full-time ministry. At college he also met his future wife, Joni, and they were married right after they finished college.

While studying at Talbot Seminary, Pastor Ken and Joni felt God’s call to missions, so upon graduation they took their two young sons to Taiwan, where they served for four years with OMF. After their return, Pastor Ken became the English Pastor at Chinese for Christ Church in Berkeley, CA. He served there for 17 years, and towards the end of that time he completed his D.Min. at Western Seminary. His dissertation project was on reaching the next generations in Chinese immigrant churches.

In late 2011, the Carlsons made the decision to return to the Pacific Northwest. Joni grew up in Portland, and they both wanted to be closer to family. After a long overdue sabbatical and a period of transition, Pastor Ken began his ministry at Portland Chinese Alliance Church in April 2013.

Win Tse

Win Tse, Youth Pastor

Win is a local boy from across the river in Vancouver, right in our own backyard! He grew up in the Vancouver/Portland area, but he never knew he would end up serving in Portland.

Based on his goofy nature, you’ll find that Win is, unsurprisingly, the youngest of four children, and all of them grew up in the church. Born to Chinese immigrants, he, surprisingly, does not speak any Chinese. In fact, he probably knows more Spanish and American Sign Language, but not by much.

After graduating from George Fox University in 2007, Win served in the town of Sherwood, Oregon for over 6 years, and worked in two churches, first as a part-time youth pastor, then as an intern (yes, that’s backwards, but he needed it). He also worked at the local YMCA Teen Center and was a interior signage production assistant during the entirety of his time in Sherwood to support his ministry.

After much kicking and screaming, Win decided it was time to go back to school to continue his training in vocational ministry. That landed him in the greater Boston area to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for three years. He served at a seafarer’s chaplaincy in the South Boston docks, an intensive youth discipleship program, and was an active member at a church in Salem, Massachusetts during his time in school.

Little did he know that, in all of that time, he would end up back where he started. He’ll tell you that he didn’t even look in Portland, but he will tell you that only because of his time in Boston was he prepared for his return to his roots.

He enjoys anything that involves friends, including, but not limited to, cheering on his favorite sports teams (Go Blazers & Timbers!), snow skiing, food, Star Wars, and adventurous shenanigans.