May 17, 2005
The Rev. Paul Hak-Soon Chang
By United Methodist News Service
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
will coordinate and implement the Korean American National Plan,
working with the denomination’s general agencies and jurisdictional
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."
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.