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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Members of the board work to bring together people and resources for ministry and church leadership in ways that extend beyond the local church, the annual conference, or the jurisdiction.

Tarah Lee, President

Tarah Lee is an Education Pastor who has been in ministry to Children, Youth, College, and Adults for the past 30 plus years.  Currently she serves at Charity UMC in Virginia Beach, VA.  Tarah Lee is also one of the founding members of Children’s Ministry Initiative.
Tarah is married to Rev. David Ryu, her college sweetheart and partner in ministry.  As she continues to witness their 3rd generation children (Andrew & Kaitlin) moving into adulthood, she is privileged to have the opportunity to serve the 1.5-3rd Generation Nexus community in discerning and equipping disciples to be transformative agents of God’s redemptive work in this world.

James J. Kang, Vice-President/Communications

James J. Kang is the Director of Communications of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church.  The son and grandson of Methodist clergy, he is a proud graduate of Claremont School of Theology and has been in ministry with Korean-American, African-American, Pacific-Islander, and Anglo-American communities.

Stephen Chang, Treasurer

Steve is the Treasurer of NEXUS.  He is a CPA and a praise leader who leads praise at TroyHope Ministry, EM ministry of Korean United Methodist Church of Metro Detroit.   He has been leading praise at TroyHope Ministry worship for 12 years.  He has served as the finance chair for the church in several different occasion also.  Steve has been married to Jong-Ju for 11 years and have three children, Elijah, Lucas and Maddie.  He was born in Korea, immigrated to US as a teen to Nashville, TN with his family where he learned to play the guitar.  He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and obtained his accounting degree from University of Toledo.  He has been working in the accounting industry for the past 15 years.

Anna Moon, Program Director

Rev. Anna Moon is the lead pastor at TroyHope, English speaking Ministry, at Korean United Methodist Church of Metro Detroit (AKA Troy KUMC). She has pastored in a Cross-Racial Cross-Cultural appointment for 4 years before being appointed to TroyHope Ministry at KUMC as of July of 2016. She is a 1.5 Gen. Korean-American Michigander.

Anna taught music in public school setting for 10 years in Michigan and was involved in various music/praise/worship team ministries in and out of Troy KUMC before she answered the call to full time ministry in 2008. Anna received M. Div. with concentration in Worship, Theology, and Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)  and was ordained through the Detroit Annual Conference, which now is the Michigan Area United Methodist Church.

Her passion is in worship and love to see how God will use, equip, and lead us Korean-Americans along with other worshipers, as disciples making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Park, Internship Director

Rev. Jonathan Park is an English speaking pastor at Abundant Life Community of Korean United Methodist Church in San Diego.  He has worked in Korean churches for almost 30 years and in San Diego since 2012.

Jonathan is deeply interested in seeing how we can strengthen 2nd and 3rd generation Korean Americans in the UMC to grow as disciples and go on to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan is married to Terah, who happens to be the children’s pastor at ALC and have two children: Faith (17) and Micah (15).

Joann Lee Kim, Member at Large

Joann Lee Kim is a visual artist working towards restorative justice, healing and liberation. Joann was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee to immigrant parents and a resilient Korean-American church. In Nashville, she was strongly shaped by anti-bias education and community activism. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Art Studio and Human and Organizational Development. After graduation, she spent two years teaching and studying in Seoul. She returned to work in New York City and Washington DC, where she received her masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her training in public art making, community organizing and in the field of conflict analysis and resolution has given her a lens through which to create socially engaged works, create healing spaces, live paint, lead workshops and organize collaborative art making projects. Joann has used the arts as a language to express her faith and desire to realize the Beloved Community. She currently lives and works in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her clergy-spouse, fun-loving toddler and squirrel-chasing dog.

Daniel Chun, Member at Large

Daniel Chun is currently a seminarian student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C., while also serving as a youth pastor at the First Korean United Methodist Church in Herndon, VA. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he is a big fan of New York ranging from food to sports. (Especially the New York Yankees) Ironically he went to Northeastern University in Boston, MA where the Boston Red Sox reside (Yankees biggest rival). While at school, Daniel got the call to ministry and is now in his 2nd year at seminary and by the 2019 Convocation, on track to graduating with a Masters in Divinity degree.

Daniel as he is studying and serving is excited for the opportunities given to him through Nexus, and is excited for what God has in store for him even after he graduates in 2019.

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