Who doesn’t love both Pho and BBQ? And this is where I shall start… Introductions to Kevin Nguyen. Let me go ahead and respond to DJ’s original post, and introduce myself as best I can – in a sermonic outline format:
I. Your “Called” Name (what you go by):
Legal name: Anh-Khoa Nguyen. Nickname: Kevin ; personal family name: Khoa (qua)
Kevin was picked up when I was trying to order pizza from Pizza Hut while in Texas. The guy asked how to spell my name. I mean, how hard is it to spell “K – H – O – A”, right? Those are not hard letters to hear over the phone. After several attempts – I couldn’t take it anymore — “Dude, my name is Kevin”. Finally, I can have my pizza.
II. Insert an informal photo of you that shows your personality or you having fun or traveling:
Coming from Dallas, Texas – now relocated in LA, I had a chance to go back and do what Texans do. FISH. But that doesn’t mean I know how to fish. But look at this HUGE STRIPED BASS I caught. AMAZING! Not really the fish was floating by, dead, when I caught it. Notice the white eyes. I REALLY CANT FISH – can’t even cast a reel.
My family during this Christmas season. Lovely wife, Huong Nguyen, of 7.5 years + a 21 month old boy, Khoi Nguyen. So your questions: How did we meet? Instead of a photo slide show at our wedding, we thought we try out a Silent Film of “Our Love Story”. Since we were living in LA, there were lots of hungry, unemployed directors everywhere.
III. Your Educational Background/Degrees/Schools:
Biola University, Talbot School of Theology
Doctor of Philosophy, Candidacy
Concentration: Leadership in Higher Ed Administration
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Arts
Concentration: Christian Leadership
University of Texas at Dallas
Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering
Concentration: Telecommunication , Wireless Technology
IV. Personal Information You’d Like To Share:
A. I have my own food blog – FEED FATDOG. I only take pictures of something EXCEPTIONAL!
B. My son looks like me….
I love “active” sports. Basketball, football, baseball. I play basketball. Golf is NOT an active sport. I am finally jumping on the bandwagon of enjoyment. Here is a 15 second video of how awesome I am — I got a “birdie”. I am a TEXAS homer. I love the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks. I hate the LA sport teams
V. Work Experiences
This is where my personality will match my career. It’s all over the place, but I still believe God has a reason why I do what I do.
Ministry – church planter, leadership pastor at Cornerstone Bible Community Church. Been in Chino Hills, CA for 3 years.
Vocation – went to school to be an Electrical Engineer, but go figure, I wanted to be a people’s person. I ended up in management for Sales/Marketing with Cingular à AT&T mobility. Background and expertise is in organizational leadership.
Higher Ed Academics – this is the newest part of my passions. I wanted to focus in Christian studies and management, so I went out for a PhD in Leadership and Higher Ed administration. Currently teaching at California Baptist University and Talbot Seminary. Love to help impact lives and help them find their fullest potential.
But you know what I really love most in all of these bits and pieces of my life I just shared? All of this is what God has uniquely crafted in who I am and what gifts I have to offer to the church. All my skills, all my interests, all my passions, all my experiences — they all belong to the Creator who he has predestined me to do good work (Eph 2:10), whether it be for the AA church or for somewhere else in Timbucktoo. I am affirmed and confident that my life testimony will impact someone out there, and for this reason, MY LIFE MISSION STATEMENT is:
“I desire to assist those who assist the Kingdom”. If you are one of those people who assist the kingdom, I want to offer you all my love, joys, pains, passions, and experiences.
There’s always more to add but this is a good start. You can always follow me here. I love to keep in touch.