2018 Alumni Officers
President - Charlie Misseijer '94 Vice President - Christina Gomes '92
Secretary - Kumiko Yamada-Yuge '82 Treasurer - Josh Christian '05
Who was your favorite teacher at FBS? I have an extensive list of teachers that I am fond of, but Nancy Willard stands out. She challenged me in 8th grade U.S. History and helped focus me through high school for my eventual career pursuits.
Why do you serve as an alumni officer? In order to help shape, steer, and strengthen this institution and the bonds of our association. I love Faith Baptist Church & Schools and it is an honor and privilege to serve in the FBS Alumni Association. This school has been a large part of my past as both a student and faculty member. I also want it to be a large part of my future, and the future generations that God gives us to steward. Hence, I look forward to (1) shaping a more clearly-defined identity for our organization, (2) steering a long-range plan that will help our association better meet the needs of both past and future alumni, and (3) strengthening an alumni base that not only feels more connected, but is also comfortable enough to contribute to our identified growth areas in whatever ways they feel capable and compelled.
Where did you go to college after graduation and what was your major? Following my Faith Baptist graduation in 1994, I attended Bob Jones University located in Greenville, SC. I graduated from BJU with a BA in History in 1998. I also hold a M.A. in Government & Public Policy and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Faith? I enjoyed our stage productions – from "Tied to the Tracks" and "Tumbleweeds" to the Patriotic Program.
What is your favorite activity? Spending quality time with my wife and eight children.
Fun fact about yourself? I love the outdoors and I have hiked the Grand Canyon four times. My next favorite hike is when I get to hit the Appalachian Trail which was much easier to do when I lived near it. My dream is to hike it in its entirety from Georgia to Maine, but I haven’t found the chunk of time (about 3 - 4 months) I need to complete that journey.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Proverbs 3:5-7: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Who was your favorite teacher at FBS?They are all outstanding teachers but if I had to single one out I would say that Mrs. Linda Packer was my favorite. She was always so nice, caring, and understanding. Not that they all weren’t, but she just stood out to me. Mr. Fizz was a close second..
Why do you serve as an alumni officer? Because it keeps me connected and enables me to give something back to the school who helped mold me.
Where did you go to college after graduation and what was your major? Azusa Pacific University- Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training (Sports Medicine) and Masters of Education in Physical Education.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Faith? It is a toss up….it’s between being in the annual play my Senior year and Homecoming week with all the festivities leading up to it like flower making parties, etc.
What is your favorite activity? It's expensive but it's traveling the world and seeing the world of old.
Fun fact about yourself? I teach 2 & 3 year old Sunday School at my church The Bridge Bible Fellowship.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Ephesians 2:8-9
Who was your favorite teacher at FBS?
The first teacher that comes to mind is Ms. Bobbi Montgomery. She is one teacher that has always taught from her heart, and has left a lasting impression. Ms. Montgomery is one teacher I have always adore & admire.
Why do you serve as an alumni officer?
My goal as the Secretary is to assist with the Faith Baptist Church & Schools Alumni as needed, be an advocate and leader for the current and the future alumni of Faith Baptist Church. It has been my goal to develop and utilize the skills and knowledge I have gained through my leadership management education and be able to apply them and pass on my learnings to the future of tomorrow. I feel that this is a wonderful opportunity for me as I will also be able to grow in developing relationships with those alumni who are my seniors as well as those who followed my class terms at Faith Baptist. There is always a feeling of warmth in my heart whenever I connect with a former classmate or any alumni of the school, as it re-energizes my heart relating with others who shared the same activities, teachers, and learning experiences from a time that is so dear to me. I feel that I can positively contribute to the Alumni Association and build upon its success to achieve greater heights. I am confident that I can assist with the growth and sustainability of the alumni base of this organization.
Where did you go to college after graduation and what was your major?
Upon graduating from Faith Baptist Schools in 1982, I attended Los Angeles Piece College and earned an AA degree in Business Administration in 1990. It took some time to return to school where I graduated from University of Phoenix with a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Finance. Continued at the same university and hold a MBA in Business Administration. I currently attending University of Phoenix and pursuing my PhD in Business Management & Organizational Leadership, anticipated graduation is June 2018.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Faith?
What I have always enjoyed during my years at Faith Baptist Schools is the patriotic programs. Dressing up in all the same clothing was part of the excitement, but each year we could sing to our hearts content to the Lord and for each year passing our voices rang louder.
What is your favorite activity?
One of my favorite pastimes is giving back to the community by volunteering my time to local nonprofit organization when I have spare time between studies. One organization that I enjoying my spare time is to the Go For Broke National Educational Center located in downtown Los Angeles, CA. or Ventura County Rescue Mission in Oxnard, CA.
Fun fact about yourself?
One of my ambition and goal soon is to give back to my community by creating an outreach program or a foundation on behalf of late dad; Takeshi “Tak” Tom Yamada. My passion has always been helping others like my dad did when he was alive. In this world, we have many people that need assistance, but little amount of support where it is need. I would like to be that advocate for those people in need.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Proverbs 3:5-6
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Who was your favorite teacher at FBS?I had many great teachers at Faith Baptist but the one that stands out is Mr. Fizz. He always made time outside of the classroom to go over material and brought out the best in me.
Why do you serve as an alumni officer? I serve as alumni officer because it gives me a great opportunity to give back to the school I love. It gives me a chance to reconnect with graduates and allows me to be the bridge between the alumni and the school.
Where did you go to college after graduation and what was your major? After high school I attended Cal State Northridge for 2 years and then transferred to California Baptist University.
What is your favorite memory of your time at Faith? I have many favorite memories from my time at Faith Baptist but my favorite memory would have to be my senior trip. We were able to visit Austria and Germany - great memories were made with my classmates.
What is your favorite activity? I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife Laura and I have two children - Jude who is three and Audrey who is one.
Fun fact about yourself? I am a big sports fan. I enjoy watching and playing all sports.
What is your favorite Scripture passage? Romans 8:28