"For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have dies;
and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."
2 Corinthians 5:14 -15
Rev. Dr. Stephen Ko
Formerly a Professor of Global Health and Pediatrics at Boston University and medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Pastor Steve is passionate about global health missions and holistic ministry as exemplified by the life of Jesus Christ. An academic pastor at heart, Pastor Steve enjoys mentoring church leaders and teaching seminary students at Alliance Theological Seminary.
Pastor Steve graduated Phi Alpha Chi from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MDIV) while completing a MPH from Columbia University, MA from William and Mary, and MD from Medical College of Georgia. During his time at Gordon Conwell, he was the recipient of the Robert J Lamont Leadership Award and Emmanuel Applied Research Award. He maintains pediatric board certification having received post-graduate training in pediatrics (Cornell) and preventive medicine (Stony Brook).
Pastor Steve is married to his “hostess with the mostess” wife, Bridget; together they enjoy spending time with their son, Topher. In his spare time, Pastor Steve is also known as “KOKO” the Clown and Magician. Admittedly, he has “wanderlust” and enjoys flying single engine airplanes. A sports fanatic, he loves playing all sorts of sports while cheering for his hometown “Atlanta” Falcons, Braves, and Hawks!
Pastor Cristobal Tong
Associate Pastor & Youth Ministries
God has led Pastor Cristobal to a wide range of occupations in his journey to ministry ranging from working as a sushi chef to a potential legal career as a paralegal. It is through these unique experiences that he has been able to minister and bless youth, college students as well as young adults alike at 3Stone/NYCAC for the last 10 years as a counselor, intern and as of 2015, an associate pastor. He obtained his Bachelor Degree from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He is currently working towards his ordination with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
Pastor Cristobal wants God to use all aspects of his life in spreading the gospel to the nations, and desires to equip, empower, and encourage the local church to be the arms and legs of Christ in their community and throughout the world. Having grown up in NYC, Cristobal feels naturally led to serve and make disciples of the 2nd and 3rd generation of Asian Americans through mentorship and living life together – truly living out the invitation to “come and see.”
Pastor Cristobal is married to his wife, Carla, whom he calls the biggest blessing of his life. They look forwarding to faithfully following God, wherever He calls them.