Each year, the English ministries of the southern California Evangelical Formosan Churches put on a retreat at Pine Summit Christian Camps for four days and three nights over the Christmas break. Come worship, fellowship, and grow! You’ll meet many people from other EFC churches!


Retreat Theme: Sharing the Gospel, Sharing Our Lives

So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
— 1 Thessalonians 2:8


Friday, December 26 – Monday, December 29, 2014

Pine Summit Christian Camps
700 Wren Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA [map]


(1) Register here
(2) Print out and sign the Release of Liability Form


See who else is going! These charts and tables represent registrant data in real time.



Early: $199
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Regular: $209
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Late: $219
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Total Registered


Registration Details

This form takes approximately 7 minutes to fill out.

Make sure you have these ready:

  • (REQUIRED) Credit card: Payment is required at the time of registration.
  • (REQUIRED) Emergency Contact Information: We’ll need his/her phone number.
  • (REQUIRED) If you’re under 18, you’ll need your parents nearby.
  • (optional) Insurance card: You can enter the policy number when requested.


Your local church registrar has a wealth of information about winter retreat. They will collect one thing from you:

  1. A signed Pine Summit Christian Camps CONSENT AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM.

EFC Alhambra: TBA
EFC Cerritos: Nicole Abler
EFC Chino Valley: TBA
EFC East Valley: Connie Chen
GBC: Garrett Weeks
EFC Irvine: Peter Guei
EFC Los Angeles: Amanda Hong
EFC Orange County: Andrea Chen
EFC San Diego: TBA
EFC San Fernando Valley: Matthew Lee/Joseph Lou
EFC South Bay: TBA


There are three separate tracks for campers based on age: (1) Junior High, (2) High School/College, and (3) Adult. Everyone will meet together for joint worship and then we will break into three separate groups for the messages. Small groups for junior high, high school, college, and adult (typically anywhere from 4 to 10 campers) are assigned to help facilitate deeper discussions after messages. A Small Group Leader (SGL) is assigned to each group.
Children have their own lesson activities, which include Bible memory verses, crafts, and games.


David Oyite

Track: Junior High

I was born and raised in Gulu, Northern Uganda with 3 other siblings where I went to school and experienced the LRA tragedy for more than 20 years.

After completing high school, God called me to serve my community and through my local church and Favor of God Ministries, where I served for 3 over years. After joining College, I was president of a student’s missions team from 2008 to 2011, where reached out, preached the gospel in northern Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan.

I have ministered in churches, youth services, been a keynote speaker on a number of youth events and conferences, high schools in Uganda, Waxahachie TX, Glendora CA, and I have spoken at Azusa Pacific and William Jessup Universities in California I believe God has called to me to inspire, encourage and help unlock the potential He has given to the young generation, because they are the pillar in the body of Christ and their zeal when channeled creates a tremendous impact in spreading the gospel.

I moved to the U.S in January 2012 and married to my beautiful wife Jenna in March 2012 and we do ministry together through our local church at Fellowship Monrovia and I also work as a Software Engineer for one of the leading companies at the Port of Los Angeles.

Bertram Wang

Track: High School/College

Rev. Bertram Wang currently serves as pastor of Cornerstone Church of Orange County in Irvine. He accepted the position in June of 2014, having provided regular pulpit supply there since 2012. Before that, Bertram served on the pastoral staff of Harvest South Bay in Torrance for 2 years, beginning in August of 2011. His areas of ministry emphasis included: pastoral care, leading a young adult small group and the youth, as well as Sunday worship.

Bertram was ordained at South Bay Cornerstone (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.) in 2006 and held the role of Organizing Pastor until 2010. He has served in several other churches, including South Bay Presbyterian Church (for 13 years), Life on the Hill (affiliated with Rolling Hills Covenant Church) and Chinese Community Church of the South Bay.

Bertram has been involved in a variety of other ministry settings as well, including I.S.I. (International Students, Inc.) as a volunteer and mentor, Campus Crusade for Christ (U.C. Irvine’s Asian-American ministry) as a full-time staff worker, Arcadia Methodist Hospital (as a chaplain), the Long Beach V.A. Healthcare System (as an Institutional Review Board member), Love in the Name of Christ South Bay (as Executive Board President), and Habitat for Humanity and Big Sunday (as a church leader and volunteer).

He has had cross-cultural experiences among North Koreans in Los Angeles, Amdo Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China, with “Mission in Mexico” in Jerez, Zacatecas, and in many Asian countries, including South Korea, the Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and the Philippines. Bertram earned a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Torrance and is married with no children. He and his wife, Yin-Ju, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2012. He is the “primary caregiver” to their two dogs, “Pudding” and “Peaches”, and enjoys cycling, sampling good food and drink, and talking to himself in different foreign accents.

Ken Jung

Track: Adult

Ken Jung (PhD, University of Bristol, England) is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Bridges Community Church. Having served in multicultural churches for fifteen years (US, overseas), Ken has also been an adjunct teacher in theology, religion and philosophy.

One of Ken’s passions in life includes training national pastors and leaders. He also enjoys traveling, eating ethnic foods, and hiking. Although he’s a lover of many cultures, Ken’s only a master of only one language (sigh).

He is the author of Go Deeper, a book about God’s passionate pursuit for His people. Visit Ken’s blog, Renewing Eli, a site dedicated to his writings on spiritual formation. Ken lives in Fremont, California with his wife (who speaks three languages!) and two children.



Lose Your Life, Pastor Joe Chou (EFC San Fernando Valley)

Who’s ready to lose their life? Matt. 16:24-25 says that anyone who comes to Jesus must be ready to lose their life for him and find new life in him. This workshop is for those who are ready to lose their lives for Jesus by sharing the good news of Jesus in a “missional” context.
Some key questions we’ll address:

  • What’s the difference between “evangelism” and “missions”? And which one am I more suited for?
  • How do I know if God has called me to a life of a missions? And what are some ways I can prepare myself?
  • What are some ways I can support and promote missions within my own church?

The Gospel-Saturated Life, Pastor Tommy Wang (EFC Cerritos)

What is the gospel? Is it our “ticket to heaven” or the key to everything? Is it old news to us or is it news that never gets old? How much does the gospel shape and define who you are and how you live? We’ll explore how the gospel is the power of God that transforms us as we immerse ourselves in the good news. There’s plenty of purpose-driven lives. We’re called to gospel-saturated living.

Step into Your Role, Pastor Will Chen (EFC Orange County)

Everyone is uniquely made by God. And He has given each believer unique gifts for the purpose of glorifying Him by serving one another. We’ll look at the different gifts that God gives to us; and using a quick spiritual inventory, we will hopefully learn more about ourselves and how we can step into our God-given role as ministers so we can start contributing to our church family.

Biblical Conflict Management, Pastor Isaac Liao (EFC Orange County)

We all face relational conflict, whether it’s with family members, friends or others around us. When conflict comes, how do we react? How do we handle it? What does the Bible say about it? We’ll look at the biblical data, examine our own modes of conflict, and discuss ways to not only handle conflict, but turn it into opportunities for growth and deeper relationships.

Relational Evangelism, Elder Sam Shui (EFC East Valley)

Don’t know how to share about Jesus without making it one of those “awkward” moments? Come share your experiences, hear from others and discover great ways to share your faith with those around you. Learn how to cultivate a life of evangelism so that you’re always “shining your light” for Jesus!

Post-Retreat Media

2014 EFC Winter Retreat Slideshow

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Group Picture

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Post Retreat Survey

We hope you had a wonderful time at Winter Retreat, and we hope you were blessed in your time there. We would really like to know how to make Winter Retreat better! Please fill out our survey and let us know how we did!