Catalyzing a Bay Area Movement

TBC logo 2Over 225 Christian church pastors, ministry professionals, and non-profit leaders gathered at Dublin’s Valley Christian Center Saturday on September 12, 2015. The Saturday morning gathering was organized by Transforming the Bay with Christ (TBC) to bring together Christian leaders in order to promote the vision of the San Francisco Bay Area transformed by the person of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Staying Connected with God — Spencer Christian, TV Personality

Spencer ChristianMany people in the Bay Area are familiar with Spencer Christian, weatherman for ABC News in San Francisco. You might also be interested to know how he got to where he is today.

Christian has worked in the TV news industry for more than 44 years, working as a weather forecaster, feature reporter, and guest host. Additionally, he has served as a spokesperson for ABC’s literacy campaign, published a series of children’s books and hosted, “Spencer Christian’s Wine Cellar” on the Food Network.

Some of the career highlights Christian lists include:

  • Interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama just before he announced his candidacy for President
  • Emceeing former President Jimmy Carter’s 75th birthday celebration in Americus, GA, in 1999
  • Surviving and reporting from the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, while on World Series assignment for Good Morning America
  • Suiting up and playing baseball with the NY Yankees and NY Mets in spring training
  • Playing basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden in 1985.

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Conversations about Faith

RekindleThe Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and QPlace partnered to launch a YouTube channel called ReKindle:  Engaging Gospel Conversations.  In its launch today — September 1 — it featured five five-minute videos.  Skip Vaccarello (author of this site) is featured in one video — ReKindling the Gospel in the Workplace, in which he offers advice for sharing your faith.  Other videos are:

How a Church Engages and Serves its Community — Calvary Church Los Gatos

Calvary Church Los GatosMany people in Silicon Valley are indifferent to local churches which they perceive as islands not relevant to their communities. And some perceive Christians as judgmental and hypocritical. Rather than shy away from these perceptions, Calvary Church Los Gatos engages in activities to serve the community and help change the way people think about Christians and the church. Calvary’s leadership team works to break down the barriers that have built up over time.

How is Calvary doing this? Under the leadership of Rev. Bob Thomas, Calvary looks for needs within the community and finds ways to meet them. Continue reading

Religion in Silicon Valley — A Story on BBC World Service

bbc_world_serviceThe weekend of August 7-9 BBC World Service ran a radio story titled “Religion in Silicon Valley” produced by Peter Bowes. The story offers a contrast between the technological orientation of life in Silicon Valley and the growing practice of faith, including Christianity. You can listen to the 26 minute program here:  Heart and Soul — Religion in Silicon Valley. Epic Church in San Francisco, C3 Church Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast are mentioned in the program.

You can also read a related story on BBC Capital by Peter Bowes here — When the God of Money Isn’t Enough.

Faith in Silicon Valley

Fox News logoFaith in Silicon Valley has gotten the attention of the national media. The stories on this blog and my upcoming book, Finding God in Silicon Valley:  Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World have piqued their interest. This week I was interviewed by Lauren Green on her program Spirited Debate on Fox News. The interview is brief, but you might find it interesting.

Spiritual Opportunity in Silicon Valley

Leadership Journal logoI (Skip Vaccarello) was interviewed recently for the Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today. In the article, I was asked about my spiritual journey, about faith in Silicon Valley, and about barriers that technological advancement may have to the pursuit of faith. The only correction I would make to the interview is that I was called a “pastor.” I am not a pastor of a church in the strictest sense. Business and writing are my ministries. Click here to read the interview: Spiritual Opportunity in Silicon Valley.


Educating and Equipping the Next Generation — Chris Norwood

Chris NorwoodChris Norwood is serving the needs of his community by pursuing the call on his life — to educate and equip the next generation. Today, he runs the Bay Area Tutoring Association (BATA) and sits on the Board of Education for the Milpitas Unified School District. How did Norwood find his call? He comments: “It was more than a good idea, it was a God idea.” Continue reading