The NEXUS Convocation is the bi-annual conference when NEXUS, CMI, YI, and CI all come together for inspirational worship, learning, and fellowship.
Our 2017 Convocation is only days away at Centreville, Virginia from August 2 thru 5, 2017.
Learn More Below!
Centreville United Methodist Church
6400 Old Centreville Rd., Centreville, VA 20121
5920 Trinity Pkwy, Centreville, VA 20120
Getting to Convocation
Flying in / Airport Shuttle
Dulles International Airport (IAD) is the only airport we can offer free shuttle service to.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Who would benefit most from the NEXUS Convocation?
NEXUS actively invites all age groups (children, youth, college, seminarians, laity, EM clergy, EM CC/CRs, leaders who serve in Youth/CM etc.
2) Are there different tracks for specific groups of people (ie. teachers, youth, etc.)?
We have joint opening and closing worship for all age groups. The remainder of the worship times children will attend Nexus Kids Camp, youth will attend Youth Initiative, and college and up will attend Nexus worship. But, there will be specific tracks for teachers, lay leadership, college students, etc.
3) What does the registration fee cover?
The fee covers the entire convocation including:
- All transportation during the Conference.
- Complimentary Airport pick up and drop off is also available
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
Richmond Episcopal Area
NEXUS Opening Worship Speaker
Bishop Sharma D. Lewis, resident bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016. Prior to her episcopal assignment, she held a distinguished record of service in the North Georgia Conference including her appointment as district superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District in 2010. She is currently a board member and vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Evangelism for the World Methodist Council (WCC) of The United Methodist Church, a member of the Black Clergywomen and Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR) of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Lewis has also been appointed as liaison to the Interagency Sexual Ethics Task Force (IASETF), a taskforce of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Bishop Lewis serves on the Board of Governors for Wesley Theological Seminary and as ex-officio of the six United Methodist colleges in the Virginia Conference. She is also a member of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Committee on Coordination and Accountability (CCA) and a member of the (SEJ) Intentional Growth Center (IGC).
Reverend Samuel Yun
NEXUS Keynote Speaker
His duties include preaching, vision casting, raising up leaders, counseling and setting the primary spiritual heartbeat of the community. He is also active in the California-Nevada Annual Conference currently serving as the chair of the Leadership Development Mission Focus Area. He is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1995) and has been in the ordained ministry for 22 years. P. Sam is father of two, lover of all sports with a net, follower of Jesus, and immensely broken but constantly healed and strengthened by the love and grace of God. When not engaged in his all-time favorite activity (preaching!), he loves to spend extended times with his two amazing sons, Philip and Evan, watching marathon episodes of The Office or engaging in a little Yun family jam session.
Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr.
Seattle Pacific University
Youth Initiative Speaker
Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr. currently lives in Seattle WA. There he is involved with many advocacy coalitions and community organizing groups. Some of the coalitions he has been involved with include anti-youth jail movements, faith & justice church consulting, and University reforms. Dae Shik is currently serving as a core team member for a Mayoral campaign called the People’s Party of Seattle. Dae Shik is committed to seeing Justice, Restoration, and Reparations happen in and out of the church. He is passionate about community building and “kingdom minded equity”. Dae Shik has served in Youth/Young adult ministries for 6 years. Dae Shik is originally from Honolulu, HI and misses the sun very much. He believes the youth will lead the way and has dedicated his life’s work in empowering them. Dae Shik is also a freelance writer that covers topics around Religion, Race, & Justice. Some publications that have published his work include Sojourners, Inheritance Magazine, The Establishment, and The Nation. He is an ENFP so don’t feel any hesitation starting a conversation with him. He loves baseball , Hip-Hop, and Sashimi. He also feels very awkward writing his own bio.
Carlos Lee Chong
Community Church on Holliston
NEXUS Kids Camp Speaker
Carlos Chong loves PHO.
He was born in Korea, lived in Paraguay for 11 years, and then moved to the US in 1989. He is married to Pastor Esther Lee who is the Preschool Pastor at Community Church on Holliston, and is the PHOther of three beautiful daughters – Eliana, Kayla, & Maya
Pastor Carlos PHOllowed God’s guidance and accepted his call as a deacon at CCH and volunteers on the praise team. He also spearheads a PHO festivity once a year for both KM and EM at the end of November.
He is also a full time Teacher of Mathematics at Sun Valley High School. By the way, he loves PHO.
Rev. Daniel Park
As lead pastor, Daniel Park is the chief visionary and strategist for the church, designing systems that work as catalyst for revival, enabling people to live according to God’s creational intentions. His ministry focus is on preaching, teaching, worship, vision casting and leadership training. Daniel is a John Wesley nut, often referencing his writings and sermons. He loves to write music, play music (piano and guitar), singing, playing volleyball, table tennis, hiking and reading books. He likes all things Apple. Daniel received his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School in 2005, ordained in 2008 and is a full elder in the United Methodist Church. Daniel married his wife, Isaiah, in 2006 and they have 3 daughters (Jubilee, Promise, Elisha) and 1 son (Israel). On his off time, he pursues his own escapades in a galaxy far far away, in which he is an undercover Jedi Master.
On The State of the Church
Bishop Youngjin Cho (R)
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung (A)
Wisconsin Episcopal Area
Bishop Jeremiah J. Park (A)
Harrisburg Episcopal Area
Rev. Paul Chang
Executive Director of the Korean Ministry Plan
General Board of Global Ministries
Joann Lee Kim
Joann works at the intersection of art, justice and faith, creating works that challenge unjust societal constructs and humanize the dehumanized. Her training in public art making and in the field of conflict analysis and resolution has given her a lens through which to create socially engaged works, live paint in worship, lead workshops and organize collaborative art making projects. Joann studied Art Studio at Vanderbilt University and Mural making with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She currently lives and works in the greater Seattle area with her one year old baby, her pastor-spouse and her dog.
The Art of Peacemaking – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matt. 5:9) With dominating narratives of hate, division and exclusion, we are left with a dire need to process, heal and create just and loving communities of faith. This workshop will examine art making (in all its modalities) as an approach to conflict transformation, healing and positive peace. We will explore strategies for inspiring creativity to tell stories of resistance, love and restoration. We will discuss how to create programming that is reflective of a culture that values creativity as an act of worship, beauty that reflects the image of God, and action that connects us to God and to the other.
Khia Shaw serves as the Executive for Membership Cultivation in the Office of Membership and Leadership Development for the national office of United Methodist Women. She is a New Jersey Native who completed her undergraduate work at North Carolina Central University and is completing her graduate work in Theology and International business at North Carolina College and St. Thomas University. Professionally, Khia has served as a NJ State appointed member of the Camden County Prosecutors Office and as a Legal Studies department chair at Premier Education Group. With a passion for justice and mission work, she has been honored by the Commission on the Status of Women, the American Red Cross and received the INC 500 Network Marketing Award.
Aimee currently serves as the Director of United Methodist Seminar Program at the General Board of Church and Society in Washington D.C. where she is able to work with United Methodists and non- United Methodists of all ages to design and facilitate seminars on social justice issues through the lens of faith. Aimee received her M.Div and her M.T.S. from Candler School of Theology Emory University. She is currently living in Northern Virginia with her spouse, the Rev. J.P. Hong an elder in the Virginia Annual Conference and their two children Oliver (3) and Thea (19 months).
The Journey from Mercy to Justice – Micah 6:8 states, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” We are great at mercy and walking with God but often times neglect the call to justice. This workshop will look at acts of mercy and acts of justice and reflect on the unique ways that the Korean American and Asian American voices of faith can be a prophetic voice and witness in the broken world.
Jeehye Kim Pak
Jeehye works in communications at the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church, which is a United Methodist agency committed to helping the church reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people. She also serves as the children and youth minister at Dumbarton UMC in Washington, DC. She received her M. Div from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2012 and has served in various Korean American churches in the Virginia area. She lives in Washington DC with her husband Simon and baby Lev.
More people, younger people, more diverse people
Who is our neighbor and what are we doing do reach them? By year 2020, more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group. As our community and world becomes increasingly more diverse, are our churches prepared to be in ministry with them? Even within our own churches, how do we live in community with the diversity among us? Join this workshop to explore these questions and topics around race, culture, and diversity as we think about ways to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Keum Hwang is currently serving in FUMC Heath as Minister of Worship. She has bachelor of Music from University of California, Irvine; focused on voice. She also has Masters of degree from Southern Methodist University on Sacred Music. In 15+ years of serving, she has worked with many pastors, lay leaders and worship committees on designing creative worship, engaging congregation and an environment inviting the Holy Spirit. She’s always discovering how creative God is through each and every worship. She can’t wait to see how God will transform this world through God driven worship, one worship at a time.
Worship Beyond Music and Praching – (By Keum Hwang and Rev. Dawn Chesser) Is worship becoming routine? Are the people sleeping during worship? Do you see the glazed eyes during preaching? Do you see mouthed shut during worship? This seminar is for you! Bring your creative, out of the box thinking. Together we will explore how to engage people as soon as they enter the parking lot till they leave return to their homes and community! … all this in am hour and a half!
Rev. Pamela Dawn Chesser, an ordained elder in the Holston Conference, is the Director of Preaching Ministries at the Discipleship Ministries.
James J. Kang
James is the Director of Communications of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church. The son and grandson of Methodist clergy, he has been in ministry with Korean-American, African-American, Pacific-Islander, and Anglo-American communities. He is an alum of Claremont School of Theology and is called to articulate the Spirit-filled Korean-American United Methodist story.
“Where Growth Comes From: True Ministry Innovation Beyond Small Groups and Social Justice-ism” – With the institution of Christianity steadily in decline in the United States fully within the digital-first, post-modern era and the intersection of theological and cultural conservatism within the Korean-American community, the future of KA ministry will look entirely different than the “KM + EM” and “Worship + Small Group” models. What are the steps to take to achieve true ministry innovation beyond the typical? What are the forces at play, and the assets available, that will shape this innovation? What kind of leadership does it take, and do we usually not have, to break through the usual barriers? Learn from the principles of innovation from the church, non-profit, business, and government sectors.
Kathy Kim’s heart for youth began at a very early age. Even as a youth herself, she taught Sunday school classes and worked on the bus ministry at her local church. Her passion for Christ, family, youth, children has startup a nonprofit organization — 4Generations Now — to share her heart for helping small churches. She brings over 30 years of experience teaching children and youth, in both large and small group settings, as well as training and mentoring teachers and parents. As a devoted wife and loving mother of three wonderful children (ages 28, 26 and 24), she understands the importance of reaching the next generation now!
Teachers Training for Children’s Ministry – Details coming soon!
Alice Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. She opened Emmaus Counseling and Consulting Services (emmausccs.com) in 2008 to offer gospel-centered therapy. She finds deep fulfillment in engaging people’s stories and bearing witness to the good work of God to redeem and restore. She is married to her husband, a pastor at a church in Centreville and they raise their two daughters.
Why Mental And Emotional Health Matters – Living on this side of heaven has its struggles and the Christian community is not immune. Experiences of depression and anxiety are prevalent. This workshop will address how to identify if someone is struggling with depression and anxiety and how the church can come alongside with care.
Putting Shame In Its Place – Shame is weaved into the fabric of everyday life. Its part of the Asian American culture. And it impedes our emotional and mental health. It causes us to distance, hide and isolate. This workshop will address the impact of shame on our personal wellbeing and relationships, how to move out of shame toward greater wholeness and the healing role Christian community can play.
Connee H. Lee
Dr. Connie Lee is on a mission to help Korean-American churches raise up the next generation of Christ’s followers. Trained as a Christian educator and pastor, she has a 30 year background in teaching and training, leadership, strategic planning, program and volunteer development of educational ministry. She helped KCPC children and family ministry to be well established during her tenure. She also helped ODPC lay a solid foundation for the next generation ministry and established English Ministry in 1991. After 24 years of service as Director of Children & Educational Ministry, Connie is now Cooperative Pastor (협동전도사) of KCPC, adjunct professor at Washington University of Virginia and a consultant/trainer for Korean-American churches in the U.S. She is married to James since 1992 and has two children (ages 21 and 17). She is a graduate of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.R.E. and M.Div., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Doctor of Educational Ministry with an emphasis on Relational Ministry.
“교회 + 가정 Church + Home” – The next generation is the future of the church and the hope of God’s kingdom. To raise up the next generation as Disciples of Christ, we need to make a shift from a church-centered ministry to a family equipping ministry. A comprehensive and integrated strategy must be developed and implemented by the ministries of every age group: equipping parents as spiritual leaders in the home, engaging the next generation as active participants in the faith community, and learning to live out the gospel both at home and at church.
“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (시편 Psalm 78:4)
Rev. Dr. Young Bong Kim
Born and raised in a third-generation Methodist family in a poor western part of the Korean Peninsula. As a cradle Christian he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 8th grade. It was then that he committed his life to ministry. After completing his BA in Business Administration, he went to the Korean Methodist Seminary(M. Div.). He further studied at Perkins School of Theology at SMU(S.T.M.) and received his Ph. D. majoring in the New Testament and Christian Origin at the Graduate School of McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He taught at Hyup Sung University for ten years and spent a year at Drew University as a visiting scholar. In order to follow his original calling, he resigned from his teaching position to move to pastoral ministry. He served a small Caucasian congregation in New Jersey for two years and was appointed to the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington. After serving for 11 years there, he volunteered to serve the satellite campus of the Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington in Centreville, VA. He has authored many books in a variety of subject such as prayer, stewardship, preaching and so on which are all in Korean. He contributed a commentary on Philemon for the International Bible Commentary published by the Liturgical Press. He was the founder and principal of the Pastoral Leadership School of Korean UMC and has served the Pastoral Mentoring Institute. He has been married to Hyoun Joo Do for 32 years with two children Minoo and Aerin.
“Can Anything Good Come from a 1st Gen. Korean American Pastor?” – The relationships between 1st gen Korean American pastors and 1.5/2nd gen Korean American pastors have not been good in many ways. 1.5/2nd gen KA pastors have sought for different styles and modes of ministry from 1st gen KA pastors. They tend to regard ministry styles and modes of 1st gen KA pastors to be irrelevant, outdated and obsolete, especially for the English speaking congregation. On the other hand, 1st gen KA pastors have criticized 1.5/2nd gen KA pastors for their lack of discipline and fruit. As a result, both parties don’t want to sit down together to learn from each other. I hope to share my theology, principles and experiences of ministry with 1.5/2nd gen KA pastors so that we may be able to understand each other and to learn from each other. I will divide the seminar into three areas, that is, “Upward, Inward and Outward” and share what I have done in the three areas.
Eric grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, with his parents, Kim and William. After high school, he attended The University of Southern California, majoring in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Design. Following his call to ministry, he studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and received a Masters in Divinity. As a volunteer, he served the church as a Pre-School and Elementary teacher’s assistant, Youth Group Teacher, Men’s Group Leader, and Lay Leader. As a minister-in-training, he has served as a college pastoral intern, hospice intern, army chaplain intern, college pastor, and now, associate pastor at Abundant Life Community. He is married to the lovely Christie Ferguson and enjoys art-making, rock-climbing, and Jesus-loving.
Spirituality in the Young Adult Context – Young Adulthood is a journey of searching while developing commitments. On this journey, Young Adults find themselves on a quest for identity, intimacy, and influence. America’s economic recession has presented significant challenges to young adults, destabilizing the traditional marks of adulthood. As a church, how do we support young adults in the midst of a fading American Dream? If you have a heart to see the next generation transformed by faith, please come and participate in this workshop.
Rev. Joseph Yoo
Joseph currently lives in Pearland, TX where he serves as one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church of Pearland. Graduated from University of Hawaii—Manoa and received his M.Div at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. He recently moved to Texas from California and is still getting adjusted to life in Texas. He relocated to Texas with his wife, Rahel and their 6 year old son, Nathanael. He tries really hard to be a decent writer/blogger and often still wrestles with God and loving neighbors. This would be much easier and less awkward of a bio if Joseph did not have to write his own.
Fail – We’re quick to share our success stories; our highlights; our wins; our accomplishments. But we hesitate to talk about our failures; our broken dreams; our inability to move forward from Square 1. Sometimes we may even get discouraged by where we are in our ministry; in our lives, because we keep hearing about how great everyone is doing. Why not me? More than success, failure is a great (yet painful) teacher. Let’s gather and share our lowlights; our mistakes; our ideas that we thought were going to be epic and it turned out to be an epic fail. Let’s gather and be real in that ministry is not easy and these failures can really start messing with your call. But let’s also discover community and truth that we all have stories to share of failures — that we are not alone. Let’s end our time knowing that God still can (and will) use us — even if we may not be so “successful.” And we’ll end our gathering with communion to remind us of our need for community, of our need for God’s grace, and that God will continue to use us, even if we’re not “successful.”
Elizabeth Chun Hye LEE serves as United Methodist Women’s Executive for Economic and Environmental Justice. Her primary area of work is around advancing climate justice and resourcing UMW’s Act of Repentance Working Group. She has been active in UMW’s strategic planning process, interested especially in how UMW can boldly continue its prophetic task in today’s world. Prior to UMW, Liz served as the Director for Young Adult Mission Service at Global Ministries, and spearheading the redesign of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs into the Global Mission Fellows program developing global and national partnership and quadrupling the number of participants served. Liz also worked with the World Council of Churches United Nations Liaison Office, focused on gender justice, migration, indigenous people’s rights and climate displacement. Liz is working on her Master’s in Christian Studies (Theology) from Regent College, Canada, and graduated from Williams College (BA – History (Marginalized Societies) and Political Science (Honors in International Comparative Politics and Political Identity) with coursework from Oxford University. Liz was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in NYC before studying and working globally. She currently lives in Queens, New York with her husband and daughter, navigating what it means to Be Just. Be Green.
Caring for God’s Creation — Explore the “Why,” “What” and “How” of Creation Care and Climate Justice
Synopsis: Scientists and environmentalists have stated the dire climate crisis the world is in – global warming, sea level risings, extreme heat, drought, fires are only expected to increase unless there are drastic changes in consumption, innovation and emissions. Nations, states and cities around the world, some corporations and the United Methodist Church have committed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. But should Christians be concerned about environmental matters like greenhouse gas emission or recycling? What does creation care have to do with the Bible, going to church and being a Christian? Join the workshop to examine the why, what and how of creation care and climate justice.
This workshop will be divided into three parts:
- Delve into the theology of creation care. What does the Bible say about the earth and our relationship to the environment?
- Use role play through United Methodist Women’s Climate Justice Simulation Exercise to learn about the realities of environmental injustice
- Explore practical ways of how we as Christians can get involved in caring for God’s creation and climate justice on a personal, congregational, local, state, national and global level.