My Journey and Depression

I wrote recently at Lifeway Pastors about my experience with depression. My goal is to shine a light on an area that remains all too hidden for many in the Church, especially for pastors.

“God has shown me that though He can heal, this darkness may always be a part of my journey, maybe until the end of this physical life. But even if that’s true, I don’t have to do it alone.”


Why I Love Pastoring in Baltimore


A version of this article originally appeared at and is used with permission.

When people hear that I pastor in Baltimore, the response I receive is typically: a) excitement or b) sympathy. The latter usually comes from those who view cities like Baltimore in less than positive terms and imagine that doing ministry in such a context is akin to Jonah begrudgingly obeying God to go to Nineveh. And I want to make clear that pastoring in a city like Baltimore does entail certain unique challenges. I often joke, “I must have missed the class on this in seminary.”

So, while it’s definitely never easy, here are some reasons I love pastoring in a city like Baltimore: Continue reading “Why I Love Pastoring in Baltimore”

How the Korean Church Formed Me

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As I serve in a multicultural church context, I often think about the factors which have molded me as a leader. With some regret, there have been more immature seasons in my past when I attributed my ability to minister cross-culturally in spite of my background, especially with the Korean church.

Upon more reflection, though, I increasingly recognize that much of who I am and how God has worked through me to pastor across cultures has actually been because of the Korean church and other churches (2nd Generation Korean and Pan-Asian) influenced by Korean roots. God has helped to show me how my experiences were not hindrances to overcome but rather some of the very reasons I have been able to do what I do.

As with any culture, there are some aspects which are broken and need to be redeemed in the Korean church – even associated with some things I mention below – but here are a few areas in which I have benefited from my heritage and training: Continue reading “How the Korean Church Formed Me”

Ethnos 2017 // Flourish: The Quest for Human Dignity

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We invite you to join us for Ethnos 2017 on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The theme for Ethnos 2017 is Flourish: The Quest for Human Dignity.

As our society experiences a troubling fracturing along cultural lines, we observe an accompanying lack of respect for human dignity. We affirm that every image-bearer of God is fully deserving of honor. We believe The Church is to be at the forefront of championing this movement of love and service. Continue reading “Ethnos 2017 // Flourish: The Quest for Human Dignity”

Join Me Online at The Parenting Teen Summit

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The Village is blessed to play a part in God’s Kingdom movement in Baltimore and beyond. Because of our work in reconciliation, I am often invited to share our story as I lead and speak in various venues. I wanted to let you know of an opportunity for you to benefit from a special event I am honored to be part of: The Parenting Teens Summit by Axis. Continue reading “Join Me Online at The Parenting Teen Summit”

Broken and Burdened in Baltimore

This article originally appeared at and was written during the uprising in Baltimore in 2015. Though the riots of that time eventually calmed down along with the accompanying national media coverage, we continue to experience the pain in our city to this day. As I pray for Baltimore, these thoughts still resonate with me. 

As a church planter and pastor in Baltimore, my soul is burdened with all of the hurt and pain in my city this week. Though it has been encouraging to know that more people from around the country are praying for my city than ever before, right now I wish the city I love could be famous for different reasons. Continue reading “Broken and Burdened in Baltimore”