Silicon-Valley-Map_2-1-13Silicon Valley is the home of approximately 3 million people.  Although there is no “officially” defined area it is generally thought to be bounded by Redwood City on the north, San Jose on the south, the Santa Cruz Mountains on the West and Fremont-Newark on the east.  Other major cities in the area are Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and Cupertino, home of some of the most famous Silicon Valley Companies. With the rapid growth of technology jobs in the San Francisco metropolitan area, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley have expanded north to include San Mateo County and the City and County of San Francisco as well as other parts of the San Francisco Bay Region.

According to pollster George Barna, Silicon Valley is one of the most unchurched regions in the country.  On a given Sunday only 5% of the people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties (those counties central to Silicon Valley) go to church.  Most people think of Silicon Valley as a secular place where people’s attention is focused on business, high technology, and the accumulation of wealth.

The spirit of entrepreneurship thrives in Silicon Valley.  For decades, Silicon Valley has led the country in the number of start-up companies and in the amount of venture capital invested.  Silicon Valley has given birth to such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Google, Yahoo, Apple Computer, Cisco, Intuit. Electronic Arts, Facebook, Linkedin, and many, many more.

Business, technology, and money are thought of as the gods most residents of Silicon Valley worship.  Although this stereotype rings true, as is true with most stereotypes, there is much more to Silicon Valley.

It may surprise you that the God of the Bible is also working in Silicon Valley.  No, He is not Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Eric Schmidt of Google, or a Sand Hill venture capitalist in disguise.  He is, however, alive in the lives of many entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business leaders, programmers, and ordinary people in Silicon Valley.

This Finding God in Silicon Valley website provides inspirational stories of some of those people and how God is working in Silicon Valley.



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Love that Serves

I am troubled but hopeful. I am troubled by the toxicity in our culture today. Our country seems to have lost its moral compass as we observe smash-and-grab lawlessness, senseless killings, and divisive politics. One of our Founding Fathers, John Adams, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is

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God and Silicon Valley

The Lion, a publication by The Herzog Foundation in its blog called Faith in the Public Square recently published an article I wrote. The article, which is titled God and Silicon Valley, describes the evidence on how God is moving and having an impact in secularized Silicon Valley.    

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Paul Nyberg — A True Servant Leader

I am proud to say that Paul Nyberg was my friend. Paul passed away at the age of 89 earlier this month. Paul lived a life of servant leadership, wanting to make a difference in the community. He was the publisher of the Los Altos Town Crier and a community leader. He was active in

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Rescued to Serve

Following is a personal story — a story about how a near-fatal incident transformed the life of my mother, Lil Vaccarello, who turned 100 years old this month (July 2021). She is an inspiration to me and a significant reason for my faith and the work I have done in Silicon Valley. _________________ Palm Sunday,

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Evidence That Demands a Verdict

The title of this post is the title of one of the bestselling Christian books of all time. The book’s author is Josh McDowell. McDowell has written 151 books in 128 languages. He is one of the most influential Christians of all time. In my book – Finding God in Silicon Valley – I cited

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Helping Children Know Jesus

An important element in my coming to know Jesus was a children’s program which my young daughter attended over 35 years ago. It changed the trajectory of my life, with Jesus becoming the central focus of my life, affecting my purpose, mission, and my work and family life. Saturday night, April 24, I told this

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