Mike is the pastor of Hope West Side, a new church plant on the Upper West Side in New York City. Before that, he led student ministries for 12 years in California and New York in various cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic contexts. Mike is also a coach and speaker for the Fuller Youth Institute and a Student Ministry Advisor with Slingshot Group. He has a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). Mike lives in Manhattan with his amazing wife, Jeanne and their daughters, Jordyn and Sophie. | Twitter/Instagram: @mikekpark
Rev. Dr. Joy Arroyo
Rev. Dr. Joy Arroyo has a Ph.D. in practical theology, and her research focuses on families and faith formation. She is married to Samuel Arroyo, a UMC pastor in GNJ, and has two children, Gabriel (6) and Adeline (3). She teaches writing at Princeton University, and also middle school Sunday School at her church. She enjoys creative writing and coffee.
Rev. Dr. Y. Joy Harris-Smith
Rev. Dr. Y. Joy Harris-Smith is a lecturer in the field of Communication & Culture, and a full-time Lecturer in Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Harris-Smith has been published in two books and a top journal. God began challenging Dr. Harris-Smith to prepare herself to teach beyond the junior high/high school classroom. This led her to attend Princeton Theological Seminary where she earned a M.Div. in 2010 and then a Ph.D. from Howard University in 2013Her mother taught her that her first ministry is to her home-and home is Leon, her husband, and her children, Asa and Eden.
June Hyojung Baik & Jisun Nam
June Hyojung Baik is the director of King’s Kids After School at the Korean Community Church in Englewood, NJ. She has more than 15 years of experience leading volunteers, running children’s ministry programs, fundraising events, directing youth group and teaching bible study for children and youth. June grew up in South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family after graduating high school. She then studied art and design at Salisbury State University in Maryland. Before she began serving at King’s Kids After School at KCCNJ, June worked as a trade finance banker at Hanil Bank Agency in New York and worked as a credit manager at LG America Inc. and SK Global America Inc. for many years. June and her supportive husband, Sung are proud parents of sons, Joseb and Seung Won.
Jisun Nam is an associate pastor at Korean Community Church of NJ UMC and serves about 300 children and their families in its three affiliated school programs. Jisun has been involved in children’s ministry for over 20 years in multicultural settings and is passionate about supporting children’s spiritual growth with various volunteers and teachers. Jisun majored in Christian Studies and Child Studies in Seoul Women’s University before earning an A.S. in Early Childhood Education and a M.Div. at Drew. Jisun continues to study at Drew as a student of the STM program. She loves to travel and hike with her husband and three children and lives in Ridgewood, NJ. June Baik and Jisun Nam
Dr. Nathan Stucky
Dr. Nathan Stucky serves as director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. He grew up on a farm in Kansas where his love for Christian faith and agriculture first took root. After earning a B.A. in Music from Bethel College (KS), Nathan spent six years doing ecumenical youth ministry on the eastern shore of Maryland, and two years farming in Kansas before earning a M.Div. and a Ph.D. (Practical Theology, Christian Education and Formation) from Princeton Theological Seminary. His scholarship explores the integration of theological education and agrarianism, and he sees the Farminary as a locus for enacting that integration. Ordained in the Mennonite Church (USA), Nathan engages Farminary work as integral to his calling to teaching ministry. He lives in Princeton, NJ, with his wife and three children.
Erin Floyd lives in Nashville, TN, and serves as a development editor of children’s curriculum and resources as The United Methodist Publishing House. Erin holds a B.A. in Religious Education from Oklahoma City University, and an M.A. of Christian Education from Garrett Theological Seminary. Erin has been in ministry with children for over 10 years and has a passion for children’s faith development and faith formation.
Ryan Clements serves as the camp program director for Next Generation Ministries. Ryan oversees the IGNITE Summer Camps and retreats and operations at Pinelands Center at Mt. Misery. Ryan’s experience with camping and retreat ministries includes growing up going to United Methodist summer camp, serving as a day-camp counselor through college, planning retreats and mission trips for youth ministries, and leading the relaunch of NextGen’s summer camp program. He is an active participant in the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association, and he has also served in New Jersey as pastor of Ballard United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church as part of the Mosaic Ministries program. He earned a M.Div. from Drew Theological School and aB.A. in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University in Texas, where he grew up.
LaVante Dorsey, owner of LaVante N. Dorsey & Associates LLC, is a remarkable public speaker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. With over 10 years of experience in the field of social work, she has become a well sought-after expert in mental health, self-care organizational leadership and adolescent and adult empowerment. LaVante’ has shared her expertise at community organizations, churches, educational institutions and conferences.
Kerwin is the Youth Program Coordinator for Next Generation Ministries and serves as the Youth and Young Adult Minister at Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park. In his various capacities, Kerwin’s organizational work includes Habit for Humanity, the Center for Public Justice, and the AmeriCorps National Service program. Kerwin’s earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alabama State University and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a licensed minister in the ordination process with American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, earned a Certificate in Black Church Studies and is currently completing an International Certificate Program for Youth, Theology, and Ministry through Princeton Seminary.