Reyes-Chow was the Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. Reyes-Chow was elected as Moderator on June 21, 2008 from a field of four candidates. He received 48 percent of the vote on the first ballot and 55 percent of the vote on the second ballot. At the time, the youngest Moderator ever elected at 39 years old, upon his election those from the liberal parts of the church compared his election to that of the Barack Obama presidential campaign, saying, "Like Obama, Reyes-Chow is young, incredibly smart, a gifted communicator, comfortable with new technologies, a facilitator who knows how to harness the wisdom of the larger group, and completely comfortable in a globalized, diverse, post-racial, post-gender, post-partisan interconnected world", while some on the conservative church questioned, "Has the General Assembly put the future of the Presbyterian Church (USA) at greater risk by electing Reyes-Chow as moderator for two years?" He ended his time as Moderator on July 3, 2010 when his successor, Elder Cynthia Bolbach was elected at the 219th General Assembly.
Reyes-Chow received his BA in Asian American Studies, Sociology and Religion from San Francisco State University in 1990 and received his Masters of Divinity in 1995 from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He was the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in San Francisco from 1995-1999 and from 2000-2011 he served as the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in the SOMA District San Francisco, California and described as a new kind of start-up. In 2011 he was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Austin College and that same year was named the 2011 San Francisco Theological Seminary Distinguished Alumnus.
Reyes-Chow is a blogger and has a large social networking presence. He believes blogging is a spiritual practice and that technology is essential to a young church. Leaders in the PC(USA) feel that he understands "the way the world is changing, so he can help us feel less anxious and less resistant to change.” He has been characterized as a radical centrist thinker in USA Today.
In 2010 Reyes-Chow was named to the NUMMI Blue Ribbon Commission by CA State Treasurer, Bill Lockyer tasked with convincing the Toyota Motor Corporation not to close their manufacturing plant in Fremont, CA. Other commission members included Danny Glover, Bob Wasserman, Harley Shaiken, Victor Uno, Nina Moore and others.
Reyes-Chow is currently coach and consultant with The Center for Progressive Renewal, a non-profit, Atlanta-based church development organization and is a blogger for the progressive Christians section for Patheos (2011–2014), the religion, parenting and technology sections of The Huffington Post (2011–present) and formerly for City Brights on SFGate (2009–2012), the online publication for the San Francisco Chronicle.
- But I Don't See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race (Kickstarted, Self-Published, 2013)
- The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shook Foil Books, 2012)
- Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers (Broad Mind Press, 2008) Contributing author
- Johnson, Julie (August 9, 2008). "Stockton native to lead church". Recordnet.com.
- Official Biography
- "Austin College community prepares for commencement activities May 14-15". Austin College. May 13, 2011.
- King, Doug (March 3, 2008). "218th General Assembly 2008 Moderator Candidates". Presbyterian Voices for Justice.
- Reyes-Chow elected moderator of 218th GA
- America Passes the Torch to the Joshua Generation -- What it means for the PC(U.S.A.)[dead link]
- Is risk-taker moderator a risk for denomination?
- Cynthia Bolbach elected Moderator on fourth ballot[dead link]
- "Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow named SFTS Distinguished Alumni". San Francisco Theological Seminar. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
- New GA moderator holds post-election press conference
- New Presbyterian moderator elected
- Krattenmaker, Tom (27 December 2012). "Welcome to the 'Radical Middle'". USA Today newspaper. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Reyes-Chow, Bruce (July 14, 2012). "City Brights: Final post". SFGate.
- Patheos blog
- The Virtual Pastor
- Stockton Native to Lead Church
- Moderator 2.0
- New moderator seeks to unite
- Are Presbyterians Emerging?
The Rev. Joan Gray
|Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Elder Cynthia Bolbach