Harry Gyokyo Bridge III, 36, who didn't become a Buddhist until his college years, is the minister of the Buddhist Church of Lodi. He replaces Ken Fujimoto, who left the Lodi church in January after 21 years to become minister of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin.
Bridge, who will turn 36 on Monday, heads a congregation of 220 households. His ministry in Lodi is his first assignment.
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