Asian American Pastors on Megachurch Staff

As growing numbers of megachurches (weekend attendance over 2,000) in America have adapted and developed into multi-site churches (being one church in multiple locations), perhaps one of the next nascent developments is an intentional multi-ethnic diversity on their pastoral staff.

In recent years, I’m starting to notice (and getting occasional phone calls) an uptick in the number of Asian American pastors on churches with larger number of staff to better serve a multiethnic and multicultural diversity in the church’s community. Thought I’d put this list out there (in no particular order) and see if you’re noticing this too (and with your help, let’s keep this updated).

Large Churches with Asian American Pastors

* indicates lead pastor or senior pastor of a multiethnic megachurch (see below for link to a list of ethnic Asian megachurches)

Saddleback Church: Sam Yoon, Steve Yu, Kyung Lee, John Shin, Julie Chung, William Kim, Chris Yi

Mariners Church: Daniel “DK” Kim, Kevin Nguyen, Steve Bang Lee, Cree Vang

WestGate Church: David Kim, Jay Kim

Christian Assembly: Albert Kim, Jacob Park

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church: Eugene Lee, Sue Kim-Ahn, Mark Kim

Redeemer Presbyterian Church: John Lin*, Abe Cho*, Ed Sirya, Aaron Bjerke

Resonate Church: Ryan Kwon*

VantagePoint Church: Mark Lee*

Discovery Church: Scott Kim

North Coast Church: Dennis Choy, Andy Na

North Coast Calvary Chapel: Jung Park

Rolling Hills Covenant Church: Vance Hartzell

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa: John Hwang

Evangelical Free Church (Diamond Bar CA): Tim Park*

Chase Oaks Church: Peter Park, Ly Tran

The Austin Stone Community Church: Halim Suh

Houston’s First Baptist Church: Lee Hsia

Willow Creek Community Church: Jeremy Chia,  James Paek, Julie Jin

Liquid Church: Hyosil Seigel

Grace Chapel: Jeanette Yep, Tom Lee

Grace Community Church: Mitchel Lee*, Tae Pae

Seneca Creek Community Church: Jonathan Der

Capitol Hill Baptist Church: Deepak Reju

The Summit Church: Peter Park

Grace Fellowship (Albany NY): Justin Yim

The Crossing (Costa Mesa): Michelle Yuen

Cathedral of Faith (San Jose): Cedric Tsang, Vaughn Thompson

Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis)Mike Tong

Calvary Community Church (Westlake Village): Carolyn Taketa

Perimeter Church (Atlanta): Jimmy Kim

McLean Bible Church: James Park

Timberlake Church (Seattle): David Choi, Lydia Choi

Christ Church (Chicago area): Alex Chu

NewSpring Church: Dan Lian

Kensington Church: Andrew Kim

a Megachurch Church Staff

In the Asian American context, this kinda fits what sometimes is called a “hotel” model of church. And what’s significant of this developing story is how a significant number of English-speaking Asian Americans are not just attending largely Anglo/ Caucasian churches but also serving on staff and maybe making a bigger ethnic & cultural contribution in the future.

And, yes, there are ethnic Asian American Korean megachurches and Chinese large churches, plus several growing multiethnic churches (I know of) that have an Asian American lead pastor on that trajectory of becoming a megachurch.

(photo credit: pastors.com)

// [clarification: this list seeks to spotlight multiethnic diversity in both attendance and pastoral staff, not just one or the other] //

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19 Responses

  1. John Campbell says:

    DJ, while I am all for diversity in ministry leadership, is there a practical reason to make a list of all Asian American pastors on staff across the country?

    • djchuang says:

      Hi John, thanks for adding a comment. I’m not a very practical person, so I don’t know what is or isn’t practical about this list. But it is something that may be of interest to someone else out there. More so than a photo of a cat or dog. 🙂

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