Welcome, Valley Christian Schools' new Chief Ministry Officer, Pastor Chase Wiggins.
By Clifford E. Daugherty, EdD
During a 2019 VCS Board retreat, the Board and I sensed God's direction to add a Chief Ministry Officer to the President's Executive Team with the goal of more effectively ministering to our alumni, students, and families. We prayerfully engaged CarterBaldwin, named by Forbes as one of America's best executive search firms. The firm interviewed scores of extraordinary candidates. The search narrowed to eight semi-finalists and then four finalists during September and October 2020.
Pastor Chase recently introduced himself, saying, "I lead FCC's young adult ministry for ages 18-37. I also serve as an Associate on staff in the youth ministry. I love preaching, teaching, creating spoken words, planning events, and doing everything in my power to help grow the kingdom of Jesus Christ. I was born on October 10, 1991, and raised in Southern California. I have two amazing parents named Don and Kim Wiggins. I also have three incredible siblings: Cassie, Brittney, and Nathan. I was extremely active in church as a young teenager; I volunteered in children's and youth ministry. I came up to Silicon Valley to attend San Jose State University in 2011 to get my education, but mainly to play football. However, I would quickly come to realize that God had other plans."
While on campus at SJSU, Chase says he became enthusiastic about Jesus and began feeling called into ministry. "The Holy Spirit had planted 'This Little Light of Mine' within me, and I started taking all of my athlete friends to my church," Chase recalls. Fifty to 60 of them accepted Christ during my freshman year at SJSU. Chase grew a Bible study in his dorm from three to more than 100. Senior Pastor Bill Buchholz of Family Community Church (FCC) noticed Chase's influence and offered him a ministerial internship that led to his ordination and fulltime pastoral service for the past nine years. Family Community Church is a congregation of roughly five to six thousand members.
As the Young Adults Pastor, Chase accepted the challenge to launch the FCC Encounter weeknight program, which serves youth and young adults. It began with 15 people in early in 2013. What started with 15 young adults grew to a weekly attendance of 1000 after seven years with over 2,000 different young adults during an average month. The ministry is overwhelmingly multi-generational, and the average age of an Encounter attendee is 24.
While at FCC, Chase met his wife of two years, Rebeka, whom he shares is of Mexican descent. She attended Hillsong College in Australia.
VCS ultimately desires to develop a blended ministry fabric so that wherever students or alumni and their families are in the world, they can feel connected and care for one another. The Chief Ministry Officer will enthusiastically provide the leadership, direction, and spiritual care to develop the connecting structure for a richly diverse and thriving global VCS community. Pastor Chase's ministry will include alumni and family ministries, regularly speaking in chapel, planning special events, and DEIC participation, among other opportunities.
Pastor Chase's spontaneous message at a Morgan Hill's peaceful protest for George Floyd is linked below, along with his recent Chapel message at VCHS entitled Race and Reconciliation.
Chase Wiggins: Morgan Hill Peaceful Protest for George Floyd