About

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I have been graciously placed in a story that precedes me and will go on after me: the story of God, who created the world out of abundant love, renewed creation through sacrificial love, and will one day make everything whole by His faithful love. That larger story grounds my story.

“Our vocation is to glorify God by our contingency” Thomas Merton

  • A child beloved of God.
  • Belonging to the Church, people of God called to be the evidence of God’s beautiful love through its life of unity in diversity.
  • Husband of Suyun Son, a wonderful artist in all aspects of her life.
  • Father of Ian Son (2006), Elina Son (2007), and Dylan Son (2010) teaching me that blessings and burdens are the same.
  • Manager of Diversity & Reconciliation at PCUSA (Presbyterian Church of USA) in the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA).
  • A contributing writer for Sojourner and Mocking Bird
  • A columnist for Presbyterian Outlook (Presbyterian Friendship, Gospel is End of Racism)
  • A poet, publishing poems in American Journal of Poetry, Cultural Weekly, Cleaver Magazine and others.
  • A speaker on issues of diversity, race, missional life and the gospel as the shalom of the person and the community.
    • Tradition & Theology
    • Gospel is the End of Racism (this began our 5 part sermon series on Gospel & Racism after the shootings of Philando and Dallas cops)
    • Daily Rhythms Eating Together (part of series on missional community, that our mission happens in our daily life)
    • Referrals for preaching can be sent upon request (referrals by Heath Rada, Jan Edmiston, Dave Crittenden and others)
  • Serving in New Hope Presbytery, a gathering of churches of Reformed heritage and ready to do our part for the One Church.
  • Wrote as a columnist for North State Journal, a newspaper dedicated to telling the whole story and to elevating the conversation in North Carolina.
  • Served at New Life Triangle, an intercultural community committed to diversity because the central message of the gospel is reconciliation.
  • Led a Micah Group, a movement gathering pastors from diverse traditions to deep relationships and grow as wise preachers of the whole counsel of God, the gospel of peace and justice.
  • Served in Commission to Help North Korean Refugee and collaborated with Nork Korean Freedom Coalition.

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