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.