Conference Accounting Manager retiring after more than 30 years

March 28, 2008

Jesse Chang, Accounting Manager for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, retires on April 1 after nearly 31 years.


"Jesse's service has been a blessing to the Annual Conference," says Bishop Beverly J. Shamana. "His dedication and commitment for nearly 31 years is a testimony to the meaning of full time Christian service. I am grateful to have shared my eight years with him."


On a brilliantly sunny Saturday morning earlier this month, with pear trees providing a snowy show of blossoms below, guests gathered in the Capitol View Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento to celebrate the occasion with Chang, his wife, Julie, and their children and grandchildren. It was an opportunity for many whose paths have crossed Chang's to honor him and thank him for his service to the Conference.


In his customary way, Chang offers his thanks in return.


"I want to express my gratitude and sincere thanks to Bishop Shamana, Conference Treasurer Diane Knudsen, Ministry staff, Conference office professional and support staff, active and retired pastors, and lay people who came and attended my retirement luncheon," he told Instant Connection. "Also, many thanks to those who sent emails, notes, and cards with their best wishes."


Jesse Chang was born in China and moved to Vietnam with his family as a young child. There he was educated, going on to attend the law university. During the Vietnam War era, Chang became an interpreter/translator and security coordinator for the United States, receiving numerous awards for his service from a grateful government.


Chang and his family were evacuated to the U.S. in 1975, just before the fall of Saigon. He studied accounting at the University of Central Arkansas, and moved to San Francisco in 1977. He began working for the California-Nevada Conference May 9, 1977 and nearly 31 years later still has good things to say about his job.


"The main reason I was able to work so long with the Conference is that I love the church organization," he said. "I was inspired by so many wonderful people who are dedicating their time and money to all good causes."


In retirement, Chang plans to do some church volunteer work himself – in addition to indulging his passion for tennis and devoting himself to spending more time with his family, in particular his eight grandchildren.

(Pictured above: Jesse and Julie Chang with daughter Jennifer and granddaughters Hunter, age 4, at left, and Madison, age 6. All photos courtesy the Chang family.)