I was raised in a Christian home by two loving parents and am the oldest of two children. Our family lived in a large, multicultural suburb of Seattle, Washington and actively participated in the life of a local congregation. Being raised in a family of faith and supported by many mentors, my relationship with the Lord was nurtured and deepened from an early age.
In high school, I took an active role in the life of the church and served on mission trips, in youth ministry, and also in worship leadership. I began to develop an interest in living life missionally and a growing concern for issues of poverty and God’s love and justice for the poor. Though I didn’t know it then, God was planting seeds and preparing me for my future vocation in ministry. In my senior year of high school, I also met Michael, who would become my amazing husband and partner in life.
A few short years after I graduated from Seattle Pacific University, Michael and I were married. We began attending Bellevue Presbyterian Church, a large congregation in a growing suburb of Seattle. I also continued working for an affiliate organization of this church called Jubilee Reach and ministered to low-income, immigrant families in a multicultural neighborhood appropriately named “Crossroads”. It was through several holy experiences at this organization that I realized God’s calling on my life to ordained ministry and I soon sent off my application to the Master of Divinity program at Fuller Theological Seminary.
I initially started at the Fuller Northwest Campus and worked part-time as an Assistant in the Christian Growth
department and as the Small Groups Coordinator at our church. However, after my first year in seminary, Michael was accepted to law school and we moved to Southern California. I continued with my degree at Fuller’s main campus in Pasadena, CA and we joined a small, multicultural congregation called First Presbyterian Church of Downey. Eventually, I came under the care of the congregation and entered the ordination process through the Los Ranchos Presbytery in Orange County, CA.
Since then, I have had the privilege of completing several ministry internships. I completed level 1 chaplaincy training through the Clinical Pastoral Education at Arcadia Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, CA where I was assigned primarily to the emergency room, stroke unit, and critical care (ICU). I also completed pastoral internships at Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA and at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange, CA which is an 1001 Worshiping Communities church plant.
After seminary, I served as the Director of Youth Ministry and Worship at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, an Asian-American/Multicultural congregation in Placentia, CA for nearly two years. I also shared in congregational care responsibilities and preached regularly.
In September of 2016, I began as the Solo Pastor of two churches in the midst of a merger: Community Presbyterian Church of Wilbur and Wilbur Lutheran Church. We temporarily called ourselves “Wilbur Uniting” and now have adopted the name Wilbur Community Church.
My personal life is also going quite well. In my downtime, I stay busy with my toddler, Link, and we are expecting our second son in late November 2017. Michael is also staying busy as he runs our family’s brick-and-mortar store, Pop-Up Comics and Coffee. He also runs his own law firm and keeps a varied Central Washington practice. I am looking forward to a brief maternity leave and then hope to return to ministry shortly after.