Dr. Russell Jeung
San Francisco State University
Dr. Russell Jeung is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Author of Sustaining Faith Traditions (2012) and Faithful Generations (2005), he has written extensively on the Asian American religious experience. His latest work-in-progress is a spiritual memoir based on his twenty years of urban ministry in East Oakland, CA.
I am very grateful to pray for the key issues facing the API community with fellow believers and then to advocate on our community's behalf.
Misi Tagaloa was called to the parish ministry in 1994 after a seven year career with a reputable financial institution. Pastor Misi currently serves as the senior minister at Second Samoan Congregational Church of Long Beach. Rev. Tagaloa holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Claremont School of Theology as well as an engineering and an advance business degree. Rev. Tagaloa founded the Tafesilafa'i Festival which is a learning context where cultural, religious wisdom and ways of being in the Pacific Islander (NHOPI) community are examined. Misi is a prominent leader in the Samoan-American community, married and has three children.
KCCD is one of those places in the Christian faith space where transformative learning is happening.
Partnership for Public Service
Shela is a Korean-American young professional based in Washington, D.C. She attends Capitol Hill Baptist Church and works at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works with government officials and federal agencies to help boost their effectiveness and efficiency. Previously, she served with Music National Service managing music intervention programs for high need populations in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is originally from. Shela received her B.A. I Political Science and Legal Studies from UC Berkeley, and before moving to D.C., was actively involved with San Francisco City Impact, a Christ-centered ministry lovingly serving the Tenderloin district and its 37,000 low-income residents. Shela has a passion to serve and advocate for those in poverty, and seeks to give her life and work to follow Jesus in loving the least of these.
KCCD's Lighting the Community a Summit is a critical convening leading AAPI Christians to find and establish its collective voice in the public sphere. This is important, not merely for the sake of finding our voice, but because God has given us gifts and perspectives to offer to bless his people and display his awesome creation. In gathering around our rich ethnic identity and loving cross of Christ, we find empowerment and more of his glory together.
Community Christian Center
James Yu is a local pastor who has a heart to transform the city and this nation for Jesus through love and justice. He is an internationally known speaker and consultant on leadership, management, Christianity and Cultural Transformation. He enjoys coaching young entrepreneurs and to celebrate their success. Together with other likeminded partners, James is looking for opportunities to startup for-profit or nonprofit missional-social-enterprise for community development. In addition, James Yu is the Founder and Executive Director of Protos Bridging International, Board Chairman of (ISAAC) Institute of the Study of Asian American Christianity, Board member of Global Life Enrichment Center, Irvine, California, and Board Member of Defy Agency, Culver City, California.
I believe in what KCCD and Hyepin is doing on behalf of our AAPI community.
Glory Church of Jesus Christ
Timothy Kwan-Ung Park ( Dec. 2, 1959 – current) is a first Korean-American pastor and missionary who started the Hope Street church on April, 5, 2015, Easter Sunday ,130 years after the first American missionary Appenzeller and Underwood in Korea on Easter Sunday. He graduated Fuller Seminary and served the church as Sunday school teacher and pastor for 30 years. He is currently a pastor of Glory Church of Jesus Christ. He is third son of elder E Hahn Park and mother Soon Kyu Park. Pastor Timothy Park has a nick name, “Timodeo” “Ye Bo Nam pastor.” He is a follower of Jesus Christ and a grand-grand son of pastor Yi Meong Jik, the father of Holiness church of Korea.
Doctoral Student/Research Assistant
Washington University in
Saras Chung is a doctoral student and graduate-level researcher at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work and Public Health. Her research interests are in school-based social and emotional interventions and their role in improving the emotional health (e.g., depression and suicide) of adolescent minorities. Through her affiliation with Washington University’s Social Systems Design Lab, Saras has worked with and facilitated workshops for organizations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Youth in Need, to model and analyze social issues in education, youth homelessness, and Head Start enrollment. Her work has been presented at the Society for Social Work Research, American Public Health Association, School Social Work Association of America, and the International System Dynamics Conference.
KCCD is doing work that few in the Asian American faith community are equipped to do, providing a much needed bridge between our community and national interests at large. Under the leadership of Hyepin and Jin, the organization has done a tremendous job of working tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the powerless are heard beyond the walls of our inner-circles.
Good Fruit Co.
Chung Lee graduated from Washington Bible College with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies. He currently works full-time a the American College of Cardiology as Associate Director of IT-AV. He also is Co-Founder and CEO of Good Fruit Co., a faith-based record label based in Maryland. He is also part of a Christian Hip Hop group called AMP (or also known as AMP Movement) and has toured nationally and internationally while sharing the stage with artists such as Jamie Grace, KJ-52, Trip Lee, Jimmy Needham, Tenth Avenue North and Starfield. Chung's primary vision is to reach and engage culture through media that presents a Biblical worldview and to mentor and guide the next generation of Asian-American believers in the realms of the Arts and faith. He is also a student at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Diane Ujiiye is the out-going Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN). She is a member of Gardena Valley Baptist Church and serves as women’s group facilitator and on the Neighborhood Ministry team. Diane served as vice-chair for AAPI-Christian’s for Social Justice (AAPI-CSJ). Her background includes direct service, management, and advocacy for prevention and treatment programs of substance abuse, gangs, HIV/AIDS, and problem gambling. APIsCAN is co-founder of the California Commission on APIA Affairs, the API Problem Gambling Task Force, and the Campaign for Quality Early Education. In May of 2014, DIane was recognized by the CA State Legislature for public service as a part of API Heritage Month. She is now a full time student pursuing a MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Let us build a strong bond of unity as we advance Christ’s call for justice.
The KCCD summit is a needed voice during these times where hope must prevail.
The KCCD summit is a needed voice during these times where hope must prevail.
Southeast Asian Catalyst (SEAC)
Ken Kong serves the Southeast Asian and Asian American community as Director of The Southeast Asian-Catalyst and Southeast Asian Ministries of The Navigators. As director, he teaches and speaks at conferences through the United States and Southeast Asia. Not only does he teach and speak, he also consults, trains, mentors and disciples the future leaders of the world. Once a year, he takes Asian Americans into Southeast Asia, so that they can share the love of Jesus with the people there. When he is in the mood, he loves to write poetry and share it with a selected audience of listeners. He is also on FB (Ken Kong) and Twitter (@seacken). So follow him; as you follow him, you will see that he travels a lot and he loves to eat good food.
I support the work of KCCD. It has been a voice for the AA community when relating with those in D.C.
The Ware Development Group
Patricia Funderburk Ware is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Ware Development Group, Inc. (WDG). Through WDG, she has also provided leadership training for future leaders in Africa, China and Europe.
Mrs. Ware brings a diverse professional background to her corporation. As an actress, she performed with the National Players Classical Acting Company and was the first statewide actress-in-residence for the North Carolina public schools. As an arts administrator, she founded and directed a statewide non-profit organization that became a national model to preserve the cultural and artistic heritage of racial and ethnic minorities.
She has facilitated training, provided consultation and appeared as a speaker throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the British House of Lords in London, England. She has been appointed as a director or in an advisory position with government agencies, community-based and professional organizations; and has been interviewed on a number of radio and TV outlets throughout her career. She has also been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) Center for Peace; has lived and worked in South Korea; and has participated as a Student Ambassador in International Living in Sweden.
Mrs. Ware has received numerous awards for her work in the arts, economic and community development and in health education. Among those are: North Carolina’s highest community service award; the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Honoree Award; the Twentieth Year Outstanding Alumni Award from her alma mater, Hampton University; and the 2011 African Diaspora Development Award from African Leadership Magazine. She has a BA degree from Hampton University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Aspen College, and credits towards a Doctor of Public Administration degree at the University of Southern California.
Sekwon Kenneth Chong
Korean American National Foundation
Sekwon Kenneth Chong was born in Seoul, Korea, has received his B.A. in the law from the College of Law and Economics, Konkuk University in Seoul and studied Educational Administration, Graduate School of Education, the Korea University in Seoul, Korea. He came to the United States in 1978. He worked for the Coca-Cola Company as the Marketing Manager for the Asian Markets in the Mid-Atlantic region (1883-2006).
He had been active in the Asian American community affairs and served as President of Korean American Chamber of Commerce-Greater Washington (1885-1886), President of Asian Pacific American Heritage Council, Inc. (1989-1991), President of Korean American Association of Greater Washington (1992-1994), Chairman of the Board of Governors, Advocate for the Rights of Korean Americans (1996-1998), Chief of Planning & Control Department, Federation of Korean American Associations, U.S.A. (2001-2003), Founder and Executive Vice President of Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States(CCKI)-Greater Washington (2001-2003), President of Korean American Foundation (KAF)-Greater Washington (2004-2009), President of the U.S.-Korea National Prayer Breakfast-Washington, DC (2009-2010), National President of Korean American Foundation of U.S.A. (2009-2010), Honorary National President of Korean American National Foundation of U.S.A. (2013-present) and serving as Senior Advisor of Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area (2011-present), Vice President of the Council of Korean Churches of Greater Washington (CKCGW) (2012-2013) and Chairman of the Board of Finance Directors of CKCGW (2013-2014).
In 1990 during his presidency of Asian Pacific American Heritage Council (APAHC), he has established the APAHC Scholarship Program. In 1994 during his presidency of Korean American Association of Greater Washington, he has published the book of “History of Korean Americans in the Washington Metropolitan Area (1883-1993)” in Korean and English versions. In 2005, he and his associates of the Korean American Foundation had contributed the efforts to pass the Resolutions (H.R. 487, S.R. 283) by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States for the Korean Americans designated January 13 of each year as “Korean American Day”.
SGN/James P. Wilson moved from Baltimore 8 years ago and currently operates from OC and Santa Barbara, CA in which he is involved in Global Development and Talent Placement
Years ago, James helped pioneer specialty retailing creating a "developmental system/process" for retail concepts to be tested, then morphed into permanent local, regional, national, global BRANDS! Such futuristic visioning led to trending/buzz around the current "pop-up" craze!
to name a few of merchandising and leasing helping global "roll-out" of retail BRANDS include Victoria's Secret, Express, Chico's, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, Lady's/Kids Footlocker, Virgin Records, IKEA, Disney Stores, Hello Kitty, Everything for a Dollar, Chipotles, Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Hard Rock Cafe, Las Tapas, Popeyes Chicken, Chil-Fil-LA, Annie Anne's Pretzels, Disney's Pleasure Island, the latter becoming the national logo for Japan.
So Jung Lim
Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area
So J. Lim is an owner of Lim’s Insurance Agency, Nationwide Insurance franchise. So founded the agency, completed three years of challenging and rigorous sales objective and received franchise contract in 1995. The agency mainly sells and services property & casualty, and life & health. Majority of clients are from tri-state area Korean-American community. So and her staff members currently services over 5,000 clients equates to over 10 million in premium. Lim’s Insurance agency received Championship Conference honors, President’s Conference honors, and Service Awards from Nationwide Insurance and holds a LUTCF (Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow) designation.
So participates on various local associations and charities. So serves as a Board of Director for the School of Arts at George Mason University. She is also a member of Washington Korean-American Women Chamber of Commerce. She is a founder and past president of a recreational golf club licensed with Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA), Washingtonian Golf League. So is also a host of Radio talk show on WDCT 1300AM discussing and answering questions, live, about insurance and finances. So has served as Vice President of Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Are a (KAAW) from 2012 – 2014 as well as serving as the Chairperson for the 12th Annual KORUS Festival held at the Bull Run Park last September. So now services as the President of KAAW, established in 1950, the oldest and the largest civic organization among Korean American Community serving tri state area.
The KCCD Summit will be an opportunity for churches, small businesses, and the non-profits organizations in the API communities to create public and private collaboration and awareness to bridge the main stream issues faced in America.
Kawen T. Young
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NHPIA)
Ms. Kawen T. Young, currently serves as an Executive Director for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NHPIA), a national advocacy organization located in Gardena, California. The NHPIA is dedicated to advocacy, education, research (data collection) and promotion of the health and well-being of all Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) within the United States.
Ms. Young’s passion, commitment, extensive knowledge and work in the NHPI communities leverage her ability to coordinate and manage other community projects for a community-based organization the National Office of Samoan Affairs (NOSA). Thereafter, outcome of her experience and community work, she served as a Staff Assistant/Scheduler onto a Executive Assistance and Case Manager over 17 years working with the Honorable Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, both in his Washington, D.C. and District office in American Samoa.
Primarily, Ms. Young’s believes collaboration is “key” to educate, engage and empower the NHPI community
Ocean City Church
Steve and his wife Joy are 2nd Generation Korean Americans from Miami, FL. They are proud parents of two boys, Isaiah (6) and Isaac (5). Before being Lead Pastor at Ocean City Church in Seoul, South Korea, he was ordained as a Reverend at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN. He was the Student Pastor at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Miami for 6 years. He studied Christian Ministry at Trinity International University. Steve is an Iraq war veteran and served 6 years as an US Army Interrogator which he finds very useful as a Pastor. He has a burning passion to connect and unite the international church community to one sole purpose of expanding God’s Kingdom into the most unreached and unengaged parts of the world.
I am proud to be a Community Ambassador for KCCD as they have opened unprecedented doors for the Korean American community to connect, network, and work together in a rapidly changing and globalizing world. As Koreans make up the largest diaspora in the world, the annual Summit has created a platform for Korean Diaspora Community leaders to to partner and work together towards a reunified North and South Korea.
KA UMM National President
General Commission On United Methidist Men
Richard Kim is National President of Korean American UMM (United Methodist Men) and was Immediate President of California Pacific Annual Conference. He is actively engaging in broad issues such as social justice and mental health for the community and involved with several key UMC leader groups.
KCCD envisioned in new approach to make the existence church to enlighten the community. Which means KCCD begins this theological eye opening lead that will go forward awakening the church community in the nation and in the world. Keep up with current phase of critical challenge that will impact the faith arena with deep redirection of the course.
The Social Tea House
Andrew is the Founder and CEO of The Social Tea House, LLC. He has more than 13 years of experience designing and executing hardware and software projects with proven success in directing, overseeing and applying project management methodology to execute innovative business solutions for his clients.The Social Tea House was founded in 2008 as an import business that specializes in exotic whole leaf teas from around the world. The Social Tea House has relationships with wholesalers throughout the world and is dedicated to bringing quality tea blends to their consumers. Andrew’s vision for The Social Tea House is to bring the culture and traditions of the Far East to the Washington, DC area using his love for tea as a caveat to introduce the Western world to the Eastern Philosophies. As a world traveler who is proficient in Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Korean, he has a deep interest in the teachings from the Far East and most values the philosophies relating to nature, community building and peace. In the past couple years Andrew has completed a Public Health Certificate from Johns Hopkins University to help spread educational material and awareness of Hepatitis B to the Asian community. He has worked with HEP B DC and NAAPDC to bring engaging community events to educate the community on this disease. Recently to foster closer ties to the Asian community Andrew successfully completed a certificate in TELF (Teaching English Language to Foreigners) program along with integrating The Social Tea House into University course curriculum at a local university in Virginia. His overall vision of bridging East and West is moving into new directions and has a positive impact in the Washington, DC area.
Peace is the realization of tolerance that is fueled by educating the mass... These are the words that make up the mission statement for the Social Tea House.
Director/Legal Aid Ministries
Christian Legal Society; Gammon & Grange, PC
Ken Liu is the Director of Legal Aid Ministries at the Christian Legal Society, through which he equips Christian legal aid organizations with resources, coaching, and support to provide pro bono legal services to people in need. He helps legal aid clinics with issues such as providing legal and spiritual counseling to low-income clients, recruiting and training volunteers, board governance, and fundraising.
Ken is also an attorney at Gammon & Grange, P.C, where he has practiced in nonprofit law and intellectual property since 2001. He serves a broad range of nonprofits, churches, ministries, and small businesses around the country.
Ken lives with his wife and two boys in northern Virginia and worships at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA.
The AAPI Faith Alliance Summit is a wonderful place to meet and fellowship with others serving the Lord in all sectors of society. Come and be inspired!
The Korean American Association of Long Island
Sunhea Kim is the president of The Korean American Association of Long Island since 2013. In addition, Sunhea is the Secretary General of The Federation of the Korean Association of USA and the VP of the Northeastern Federation of the Korean Association. She is also the director of the New York Association of Korean-American Business Inc. An ordained deacon, she is a member of Arundaum Church in Bethpage, NY. She is furthering her career by attending Nyack College for a dual Business Administration and Biblical degree. She has three children and a loving husband. Her daughter has graduated from MCPHS University with a Doctor of Pharmacy and her oldest son has graduated from Babson College with a degree in Finance and IT. Her youngest son is attending Cornell University studying Bio-medical Engineering.