Leadership Sojourners

Abner Chou

Pastor

Abner Chou serves as associate professor of Bible at The Master’s University. Previously, he taught Greek at The Master’s Seminary and spent two years teaching in Israel with IBEX. Dr. Chou holds degrees from The Master’s University (B.A.) and The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., Th.D.).

Joe Zhakevich

Pastor, Elder

Joe was born in Russia, but in 1990 his family immigrated to the U.S. and joined Grace Community Church soon after. In his pursuit of education, Joe earned a B.A. in English and Russian literature, an M.Div. in Bible, a Th.M. in Old Testament, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible. In 2016, Joe became an associate professor of Old Testament at The Master’s Seminary, teaching Hebrew and Aramaic as well as exegesis courses, such as “The Messiah in the Old Testament.” At Grace Church, he serves in Foundation Bible study on Fridays and in the Sojourners fellowship group on Sunday mornings.