Our Rector

Welcome Fr Joshua Drake as our New Rector at St Francis of Assisi Church

Father Joshua Drake (also known by his Chinese family name Father Wu) is a California native, and his family is multicultural. His wife Alicia is originally from China and his two daughters, Imanuela Joy was born when they lived in Thailand, and Evangeline Grace was born when they lived in China. They just welcomed their 3rd child in August, a boy, Caleb Elisha.

He has been in full-time ministry for over 15 years, over a decade of that was as a missionary in China and South East Asia where he worked in the areas of Church Planting and Bible Translation.

Father Drake was ordained a Deacon on November 7, 2015 by Archbishop Foley Beach and then ordained a Priest on October 22, 2016 by Bishop Eric Menees. His last position was at Eucharist Church in San Francisco as an assistant priest, where his role focused on pastoral care, community life, and outreach.

Father Drake is passionate about Christian Hospitality, liturgy, and missions. His heart is to see St. Francis continue to grow as a multicultural and multigenerational church, which continues to proclaim the Good News of Salvation in Christ through Sacred Worship, Serious Discipleship, and Selfless Service.

Father Drake and Alicia love having people over for tea, in particular, they enjoy doing the traditional Chinese tea ceremony for guests. If you are interested to get to know them more and join them for some tea and a Chinese Tea Ceremony, feel free to reach out to them. They would love to have you over to their home here in Stockton.

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Fr GubuanWe say Good-bye, Good and Faithful Servant to Fr Woodrow Gubuan

Fr. Woodrow Gubuan came to St. Francis of Assisi in July 2014, after 19 years of ministry in the Diocese of San Joaquin. He was Vicar of Holy Cross Mission (Filipino-Asian congregation) in Stockton in 1996. When Holy Cross Mission was integrated with St. John’s Parish in 2000, he became Associate Rector to then Fr. Daniel Martins. During St. John’s transitional period (July 2007 to November 2008), he became its Interim Rector. With the coming of Fr. Lee Nelson as the new Rector in December 2008, he reassumed his position as Associate rector up to December 2010. In 2011, he served as supply priest to St. John’s in Stockton, St. Mary the Virgin in Manteca, St. Anselm (then) in Lodi, Church of the Resurrection in Tracy. For 6 months in 2012, he was priest-in-charge of St. Augustine Anglican Church in Hollister. Then he became Vicar of Jesus Our Savior Anglican Church in Modesto from May 2012 to June 2014.

Fr. Gubuan is a product of solid Catholic Seminary training, which started with the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Bacolod, Philippines at age 13. His training continued with Philosophy and Theology education under the Spanish Dominicans at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Ordained a priest by the late Pope Paul VI, he worked in the Diocese of Bacolod for 13 years as seminary professor and later as parish priest.
Fr. Gubuan’s ministry moved abroad starting with an earned Doctorate in Theology at the Universita San Tomasso (the Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. He served as Pastoral Director of the Collegio Filippino in Rome and Chaplain of the Filipino migrant workers in Italy. He moved to Canada and was in parish ministry in Toronto and in hospital chaplaincy in Calgary until his move to California in 1996.

Fr Gubuan FamilyFr. Gubuan is married to his childhood friend Ruth and is the father of Honey-Dawn and John-Felix and the grandfather of Isabella-Rose and Joseph-Woodrow.