I was born and raised in Busan, South Korea, and moved to the United States in 2006 for my graduate studies in theology and, later, in education. An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, I am passionate about building community and finding ways to make spirituality applicable in our daily lives.
As a resident chaplain in Atlanta, GA, I cultivated skills in empathetic listening, self-care, and boundary work; grief counseling; conflict resolution; and crisis management. More recently, in my pastoral work in San Jose, CA, I developed culturally-relevant spiritual formation programs and studies, such as Faith and Mental Health, LGBTQ Studies, Welcoming the Stranger, The Chef’s Table and Spirituality, and Ecology. My passion for building inclusive, equitable, and diverse communities led me to initiate multiple innovative and collaborative projects in San Jose. Working with local universities, non-profits, and faith groups, I successfully launched a weekly food delivery program that served over 60 low-income Hispanic/Latino families,; offered one-on-one reading and academic writing classes in underprivileged elementary schools; promoted interfaith literacy and dialogue across different religions; and organized hundreds of volunteers to annually feed over 2,000 homeless individuals.
In my free time, I love to cook East Asian food, go hiking with my wife and two lovely children, roast coffee beans, and watch Netflix. I joined the Hampshire community in August 2018, and am excited to engage with students, staff, and faculty through creative spiritual practices, interfaith conversations, community service adventures, and sharing many cups of coffee and tea.