- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 29, 2006

First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, which has 153 members, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Its pastor, the Rev. Chris Looker, joined the church in January.

The church partners with First Korean Presbyterian Church of Virginia and Emmanuel Indonesian Presbyterian Church by hosting English and Korean traditional services and a joint contemporary service at the Annandale building. The churches also have joint Christian education and mission trip programs.

“If there is anyone who has the power to bring together people with different skin colors, from different cultural backgrounds and who speak different languages, it has to be Jesus Christ,” Mr. Looker says.

Mr. Looker received a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Mr. Looker has served on the mission field in Egypt, Israel, Northern Ireland and South Korea. He has a deputy black belt in tae kwon do and plays piano, guitar and Scottish Highland bagpipes.

Mr. Looker and his wife, Geneva, have two sons, Ben, 12, and Sam, 10.

Chrissie Thompson

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