I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I am the youngest of three siblings. My mother, my brother, and sister live in Korea. As a young adult in the 1980s and 1990s, I lived through the rapid changes in political and cultural climate, which formed my mind and heart for righteousness. I grew up in a Buddhist home and became a Christian when I was a freshman in high school.
Although my spiritual home is the Methodism, I sought God through diverse Christian traditions such as Pentecostalism, pietism, mysticism to name a few. These religious experiences including Buddhist practices in my childhood have influenced my view on who God is and how to relate to and be connected with God.
I am a first-generation immigrant. I came to Boston to study at BU School of Theology in 1995. Since then a major part of who I am has been built around my experiences as an ethnic minority, which influenced my perspectives on diversity and inclusivity. I was ordained in the New England Conference in1998 and have been in the local church ministry for the past 21 years.
My first church was Chestnut Street UMC in Gardner, MA and I stayed there for 4 years. Then I moved to Lee Memorial UMC in Norwich CT and worked there for 9 years. I am just leaving Christ UMC in Groton, CT in which I ministered for 8 years. Each church was unique, and I have been blessed by the people and the ministries of the congregations, which enriched my life and experiences as a pastor.
I am a proud mother of three young adult children—Shawn 23, Teddy 21 and Joel 19. Shawn is an admissions counselor at Sacred Heart University, Teddy is a senior at UConn and Joel is a junior at Penn. They have been the source of love and strength, my teachers and my rocks. I couldn’t have been who I am today without them. I am a divorced single woman who experienced the pain of loss and grief as a reality. I have learned that healing and wholeness in human life is an ongoing process and it takes a lifetime.