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Director named to Korean-American ministries council

 


Director named to Korean-American ministries council

May 17, 2005

By United Methodist News Service

The Rev. Paul Hak-Soon Chang has been named executive director of the United Methodist Council on Korean-American Ministries (the Korean American National Plan), in New York City.

Chang has been superintendent of the Tri-State District of the New England Annual (regional) Conference for the past four years. He will start his new position July 1.

"I am truly honored to be named to this position," Chang said. "This is a very challenging job, but with God’s help, I think I am up to the task."

Chang said the council is not just about Korean-American United Methodist churches. "It is about the ministry of the United Methodist Church in building God’s kingdom in this nation and beyond. Oftentimes we just think of it as ministry plan for only Korean Americans, but we start with that—it is not where it ends."

A move to continue the Korean American National Plan was overwhelmingly approved by the 2004 United Methodist General Conference, meeting in Pittsburgh. By a vote of 870 to 42, the conference approved continuing the Korean plan with a budget of $3.2 million, which is included in the budget of the Board of Global Ministries.

"I am enthused by imagining what God might do in and through the council for the Korean-American community and beyond," said Jeremiah J. Park, bishop of the New York area and president of the council.

Chang will coordinate and implement the Korean American National Plan, working with the denomination’s general agencies and jurisdictional missions.

"I am a faithful disciple of Christ," he said. "Over the years, I have been a bridge between the main United Methodist Church and the Korean-American United Methodist Church in this country. I would like to utilize that experience for my work."

Chang is a native of Korea. Before serving as district superintendent, he was pastor of York-Ogunquit (Maine) United Methodist Church; Asbury United Methodist Church, Chesterfield, N.H.; and St. James United Methodist Church, Stoneham, Mass. He served as chaplain for Asian Ministry at Marsh Chapel, Boston University. He was also a delegate to 2004 General Conference.
 
He is married to the Rev. Hikari Chang, an elder in the New England Conference. They have two children.

As he looks forward to his new ministry, Chang is focused on Christ’s Great Commission of making disciples.

"I hope I can help the Korean-American United Methodist Church do the Great Commission better and in more effective ways."

News media contact: Kathy L. Gilbert, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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