AALC’s Relationship with SEAC
The Asian American Leadership Center (AALC) is honored to have served as a supporting organization for the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 Southeast Asian Leadership Summit. The primary role of the AALC is to provide conference planning consultation, fundraising support, and oversight for the financial administration of the conference.
A Description of The Organization
The Asian American Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, faith-based organization.
Our mission is to empower Asian Americans for life and leadership in service to God and others.
Our vision is to establish leadership communities that will support local churches, start new outreach ministries, and serve alongside community organizations to address the spiritual and social needs of Asian Americans in their local communities. Our hope is that by meeting the spiritual and social needs of Asian Americans, we can inspire and equip more people to grow to their full potential, and to live their lives for Jesus Christ.
AALC Staff & Board of Directors
Strategic Planning Consultant
For the past two years, Tommy has been serving with Southeast Asians, primarily with Cambodians in Long Beach, CA, to mobilize and network church planting efforts. During this time, leaders in the community had a vision to convene a national conference that would meet the needs of all Southeast Asian Christian leadership. To this end, Tommy has been serving as a consultant, advising the SEAC on conference planning details, and networking the SEAC with resources to support the conference.
Tommy has been involved in full time Christian ministry for over 17 years, working primarily with Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF), a collegiate parachurch ministry located on the west coast. He has served as the former director of AACF, and currently serves as a campus minister. In addition to AACF, he has served as an interim pastor in a local church, a board member in his home church, and has been a guest speaker at many churches and conferences.
Tommy graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in Communication Studies, followed by a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Tommy and his wife Melissa, son Noah (7), and daughter Mika (4), attend Cerritos Baptist Church. Tommy loves the outdoors especially fishing, backpacking, and kayaking. He loves to eat, play, hang out, and bask in God’s creation.
Winsome has served on the pastoral staff of Christian Layman Church for over eight years, in the areas of preaching & teaching, board/staff strategic planning, HR & personnel policy development, evangelism & missions, leadership development, and church planting. He also served as the Leadership Development Director with the collegiate parachurch ministry of Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) for over five years, helping to develop leadership training resources for the students and staff.
Winsome graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration, and worked 3 years doing finance work in the banking and computer software industries. He graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and a M.A. in Intercultural Studies, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. For recreation, he enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends.
Christie Kobata, PH.D.
Christie is currently serving as a church planter with Catalyst an Evangelical Covenant Church in Los Angeles, and is a licensed psychologist. Christie also served as a Campus Minister and Leadership Team Member with the collegiate parachurch ministry of Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) for nine years, and as the Junior High Director at her previous local church.
Christie graduated from U.C. Irvine with a degree in Psychology, followed by a M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara. Christie has worked at several universities as well as community counseling centers. Christie is married to her husband, Ron, and they have three children, Joshua, Daniella, and Isabella. For recreation, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, crafts, baking, and being with family and friends.