New Faces in Chaplaincy: October 2019
October 2, 2019
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In the past few months, Chaplaincy and Care Ministry has endorsed four new chaplains: Sea Ho, Peter Janssens, Chantal Huinink, and Derrick Lee. Learn about the lives and ministries of our newest chaplains!
I am originally from South Korea, moved to the U.S in 2015. Currently I am a Resident Chaplain at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA. At the same time, I am completing my Master of Science in Patient Counseling via CPE Residency and Master Degree combined program at VCU. Before coming to VCU, I worked as a Resident chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. I also completed a CPE internship at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health in Grand Rapids, MI.
Before immigrating to the US in 2015, I served as a parish minister at Sarang Church in Seoul, South Korea (2011-2015) and served in military churches as a military chaplain in Incheon and Uijeongbu (2008-2011). I received my Th.M in Pastoral Care from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. In Korea, I received my Master of Divinity from Chongshin Theological Seminary and BA in psychology from Yonsei University. I am an ordained pastor from General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in Korea, and I am working to transfer my ordination to the CRCNA.
My wife, Goeun, and I have two little daughters, Yejin and Yewon. They love exploring beautiful nature like their father. Our family’s goal is to visit every 50 states in the U.S.
I am interested in human behavior theories like Transactional Analysis, Attachment types, and Enneagram. I utilized them in my ministry in military and parish. I am looking forward to using them clinically in hospital. Currently, I am preparing for Board Certification from APC (Association of Professional Chaplains) and interested in Supervisory Education.
I’m originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario. I’ve been married for 27 years to my wife Cindy who is originally from Listowel, Ontario. I have three children: Christy 24, Heather 21, and Ryan 17. I’ve been a pastor since 1996. Four years ago I made the transition from congregational ministry to working full time as a chaplain at Shalom Manor and Gardens, a long-term care home in Grimsby, Ontario.
I’m a super social guy who loves hanging out with just about anyone. On my days off, you might find me working in my backyard with Cindy, enjoying time with our kids, or hanging out with friends. I love humour, classic rock, and good food. I feel so blessed at this stage in my life, and I’m thankful for God’s leading.
Although I may have questioned his leading in my journey of life, He has never steered me wrong. I love working in long-term care as I am constantly reminded that in this short life, I can be grateful in the good days, and when days are hard, I can know that God is with me and His grace will get me through.
I have a BaH in psychology from the University of Guelph and her Masters of Divinity and Social Work from Martin Luther University College, as well as a certificate in Disability Ministry from Joni and Friends. I am a motivational speaker and writer living in Kitchener, Ontario where I serve as the Coordinator of Organizational and Spiritual Life for Christian Horizons.
My education and experience as a woman with a physical disability has made me keenly aware of the need to integrate pastoral and medical care. As such, I am passionate about chaplaincy and eager to use my skills and abilities to support the spiritual needs of others in their journey through hospital or long-term care. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends, studying Spanish, swimming, and traveling.
I grew up going to church but stopped going after my parents divorced. Then I joined the military reserves a month after I graduated from high school for some adventure. At that time I wasn’t attending church but my mom invited me back and I encountered the risen Jesus Christ. I worked in youth ministry and had a career in radio after 6 years in the army but hated office life so I quit and worked in forestry doing wild land firefighting. My schedule did not accommodate church but I was listening to sermons and reading leadership books. Then I got sick of not having stability in my life and, after 3 seasons, worked back in the city on a paving crew.
In 2013 I got married, graduated from an undergrad (out of interest) in theology, and bought a house. All in 3 months. My wife and I talked about being drawn to missions work in some capacity. One weekend we visited a missions conference and there were military chaplains. I went to thank them for their work while I was serving and one asked about my background. They said if I went back to school to finish an MDIV, then I could become a chaplain.
Six months later I had quit my job and began a new career path. I was advised to get a unit of CPE, which I did in my last year of seminary. This experience opened my eyes to chaplaincy in a new subculture as well as how chaplaincy can be used therapeutically. My diverse background has allowed me to connect with almost every person I interact with. I believe the Lord has called me to chaplaincy because it fits who God created me to be in loving and caring for people in crisis. Right now I work bi-vocationally as a hospital chaplain at two acute care sites in Edmonton as well as an associate pastor at mosaicHouse East campus. I am married and have two wonderful children and I anticipate going into military chaplaincy in the future.
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