Director of Spiritual Life

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David Dongseong Ko, director of spiritual life

David was born and raised in Busan, South Korea until he moved to the United States for his graduate studies in theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2006. With his passion for education and sociology, he also completed a master’s degree in education at Stanford University in 2014.

David is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. He is passionate about building community and finding ways to make spirituality applicable in our daily lives. Previously he was a resident chaplain at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, where he developed a wide range of pastoral skills, including empathetic listening, self-care and boundary, grief counseling, conflict resolution, and crisis management. Over the past five years, he served at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose, CA. Throughout his work, he has offered spiritual formation programs and studies that are culturally relevant, such as Faith and Mental Health, LGBTQ Studies, Welcoming the Stranger, The Chef’s Table and Spirituality, and Ecology.

His passion for building inclusive, equitable, and diverse communities led him to initiate multiple innovative projects by collaborating with Stanford University, San Jose State University, San Jose City Council, and various non-profits and faith groups in San Jose. Through these efforts, he successfully launched a food delivery program to deliver a bag of groceries to over 60 low-income Hispanic/Latino families on a weekly basis, offered one-on-one reading and academic writing classes in underprivileged local elementary schools, promoted interfaith literacy and dialogue across different religions, and organized hundreds of volunteers to annually feed over 2,000 homeless individuals in the area.

With his free time, he loves to cook East Asian food, enjoy hiking with his wife and two lovely children, roast coffee beans, and watch Netflix. David is thrilled to join the Hampshire community and accompany students, staff, faculty, and alums on their spiritual journey. He is looking forward to meeting with members of the Hampshire community through creative spiritual practices, interfaith conversations, community service adventures, and sharing many cups of coffee and tea.

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