GETTING TO KNOW OUR LEAD PASTOR
Some people prefer to call him "Pastor James" because
it's hard to say "Sisouphanh" (See-soo-pahn) in English --- let alone
to say his last name (Rah-tuh-hau). That's the closest we can help you to
Pastor Sisouphanh earned BA in Pastoral Ministries from Crown College (formerly known as St. Paul
Bible College) in Minnesota. He also earned MA in Pastoral Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. Right after the Bible College, in 1987 Pastor Sisouphanh was called to serve with
the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Illinois as a church planter in Aurora, Illinois and
he became Laotian District Director (1988-1995).
Later pastor Sisouphanh was called by Elgin Church of the Nazarene to
serve as an Associate Pastor for the Laotian ministries in 1996. He thought he
would serve only a short period during his transition. Little did he know that
the Lord would let him serve with the organization to present.
Pastor Sisouphanh came to love the Church of the Nazarene because of its Doctrine of Holiness. Since his training with the missionary-minded organization, which strongly promotes the task of completing the Great Commission, he is in tune with the Church of the Nazarene's missional purpose of "MAKING CHRISTLIKE DISCIPLES IN THE NATIONS." In 2009, he had the privilege to lead a Nazarene Mission and take the Message of Holiness back into our homeland as well.
After much prayer, on Pentecost Sunday in 2015, pastor Sisouphanh led the Lao congregation to launch a NewStart Laotian church in South Elgin, Illinois as known as Cornerstone Bible Church of the Nazarene which he currently serves as Lead Pastor.
One of his favorite
Scripture passages is from Galatians 6:9-10, "So let's not
get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap
a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. Therefore, whenever we
have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone - especially to those in
the family of faith." (NLT).
Cornerstone Bible Church of the Nazarene
120 N. Main Street
South Elgin, Illinois 60177