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Clyde E. Hunt, Jr. is a native of Covington, Tennessee.  Clyde graduated from the University of Memphis in December of 1981, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  He also holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee and is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP).

Clyde’s professional career began in 1982 with a brief stint as a structural engineer with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Chicago, Illinois.  He went on to work as a project manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Schaumburg, Illinois.  He then returned to Memphis in 1989 to begin work with the Memphis District U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  One of the highlights of his career was serving in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2005 as the Program Manager for Schools and Clinic Refurbishment for Afghan children. After 37 years, Clyde has recently retired, and enjoys long distance cycling, fitness training and dining with family and friends.

Clyde accepted Christ as Lord at the age of 10.  He is a 30-year Disciple and is a member of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee.  He has served in various leadership capacities including Chair of the Diaconate Ministry, Elder Board Chair, and has contributed his gifts in several committees and Boards of the church, community, and Christian Church (DOC) Tennessee Region.  Moreover, Clyde served two three-year terms as Moderator under two senior pastors, Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas and Rev. Dr. J. Lawrence Turner.  He currently serves on the Elder Board and co-teaches with his wife in the Christian Education Department.

Clyde is married to the former Norma Lynnette Simpson, Family Nurse Practitioner in Memphis and they are the proud parents of Clyde E. Hunt III, Electrical Engineer and Christina L. Hunt, Supply Chain Manager.  Both Clyde III and his wife, Kenya Goggans Hunt will complete their graduate programs from the School of Management from Yale University and Harvard University, respectively in May of 2019.

First Vice Moderator

The Rev. Stephanie Kendell is the Executive Minister at Park Avenue Christian Church (The Park) in New York City. She received her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School with an added certificate in History, Theology, and Ethics. Stephanie is passionate about justice seeking ministries that aid in the value of intersectional perspectives. She works closely with the New Sanctuary Coalition-New York bringing attention to the need for immigration reform and immigrant rights. Ministries that she contributes to have been written up in the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and

Before her call to Ordained ministry, Stephanie was a Producer and Head of Operations for an international theatrical marketing agency based in Los Angeles. This skillset drives her relational ministry that seeks to grow and sustain the faith development of her congregants as they lead the congregation. She is also responsible for helping start the current version of the online worship ministry and social media presence at The Park which has expanded and shared the incredible bilingual worship ministries with Disciples around the world.

A current Bethany Fellow, Stephanie also serves on the Regional Committee on Ministry for the Northeastern Region and is a current Writer in Residence for Young Clergy Women International.

Stephanie is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to be an avid supporter the SF Giants. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in Musical Theater and Theater Arts from the University of Redlands.

Second Vice Moderator

Néstor Gómez is the middle son of three boys and one girl, and is originally from Medellín, Colombia. He has served in both Spanish and English-speaking churches, at various times as associate pastor and pastor in the Central Rocky Mountain Region. He is active in Regional Church activities working in the New Congregation Nurturing Team. He has also served as Member of the Administrative Committee of the General Board and member of the Division of Overseas Ministries Board of Directors and representative of Common Global Ministries Board. Néstor holds a PhD in Religion and Social Change, postgraduate studies at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and is currently taking a training in coaching and leadership development. He has been an affiliate faculty at Seminario Bautista, Regis University, Columbia College and Claremont School of Theology. He enjoys reading, walking, and listening to music. He loves sharing with people of all ages and knowing about other cultures



For membership on the General Board


(Nominated from the General Nominating Committee)

 General Board Class of 2023

Toni Colbert  (C, F, B, 60+, IN)
Steven Gower  (C, M, W, 30-39, OH)
Chanhee Her  (C, F, A, 30-39, OK)
Hubert Reece  (L, M, B, 60+, CAN)
Beau Underwood  (C, M, W, 30-39, MID-AM)

2 females, 2 males; 4 clergy, 0 lay leaders
1 African-American, 1 Asian, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 30-39 (3), 60+ (1)


Continuing GNC General Board Class of 2021

Kristin Alstott  (W, L, F, 23-29, UMW
Shanell Bowden (B, L, F, 23-29, IL/WI)
Jackie Compton Bunch* (B, L, F, 60+, OH)
Candis Wilson  (B, L, F, 30-39, OH)
Eula Pagdilao  (API, L, F, 23-29, PSW)
Katie Hayes  (W, C, F, 40-49, SW)
Allison Ruari *  (API, C, F, 30-39, TN)

6 females, 0 males, 1 clergy, 5 lay leaders
3 African-American, 2 Asian/Asian Pacific-Islanders, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 23-29 (3), 30-39 (2), 40-49 (1), 60+ (1)
*Re-electing to fill vacancy


New Members for the General Nominating Committee

For election through the 2023 General Assembly

Jim Barton  (L, M, W, 40-49, AZ)
Shanell Bowden  (L, F, B, 23-29, IL/WI)
Irma Elizarraras  (L, F, H, 50-59, SW)
Eula Pagdilao  (L, F, API, 23-29, PSW)
Tevita Uesi  (C, M, API, 30-39, CRM)

3 females, 2 males, 1 clergy, 4 lay leaders
1 African-American, 2 Asian/Asian Pacific-Islander, 1 Hispanic, 1 Caucasian
Ages: 23-29 (2), 30-39 (1), 40-49 (1), 50-59 (1)


Continuing members of the General Nominating Committee

through the 2021 General Assembly

Arnold Hayes  (L, M, B, 60+, TN)
Jong Kook Hong  (C, M, API, 60+, NW)
Dean Phelps (C, M, W, 50-59, KY)
Bere Gil Soto  (C, F, H, 30-39, IN)
Diane Watkins  (L, F, W, 50-59, KS)

2 females, 3, males, 3 clergy, 2 lay leaders
1 African-American, 1 Asian, 1 Hispanic, 2 Caucasian
Ages: 30-39 (1), 50-59 (2), 60+ (2)


In keeping with The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the members of the Corporation of the Division of Disciples Home Missions and the Corporation of the Division of Overseas Ministries were elected by the General Board at its February 2019 meeting. They are reported here to comply with the Bylaws of the two ministries:

Disciples Home Missions

The General Board elected the following persons

Xochitl Alvizo (L, F, H, 30-39, NoE)
Beverly Bell (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)
Candyce Black-Wells (L, F, B, 30-39, NoE)
Tim Campbell  (L, M, W, 30-39, CAN)
Rhonda Cole-Green  (L, F, B, 40-49, SC)
Tom Cooley  (L, M, W, 40-49, SW)
Chimiste Doriscar (C, M, B, 50-59, OH)
Jennifer Larson  (L, F, W, 50-59, VA)
Sandy Messick  (C, F, W, 50-59, NW)
Derrick Perkins  (C, M, B, 30-39, MID-AM)
Katherine Raley (C, F, W, 25-29, CRM)
Juan Rodriguez  (C, M, H, 60-69, FL)
Reuben Sancken-Marx (C, M, W, 25-29, IN)
Jeremy Skaggs (C, M, W, 40-49, SW)
Charles Chuck Tooley  (L, M, W, 60-69, MT)


Division of Overseas Ministries

The General Board elected the following persons

Dale Braxton, Sr  (C, M, B, 50-59, AL/NW FL)
Deborah Swift-DeWitt  (L, F, B, 60-69, TN)
Rick Spleth  (C, M, W, 60-69, IN)
Ryan Cullumber  (L, M, W, 40-49, PSW)
Nancy Lear  (L, F, W, 60-69, GKC)
Selena Reyes Martinez  (C, F, H, 50-59, FL)
Antonio Rodriguez  (L, M, H, 50-59, FL)
CyndyTwedell (C, F, W, 60-69, SW)
Diana Brown  (L, F, W, 70+, OK)
Baek Hee, Kim  (C, M, A, 40-49, IN)
Nestor Gomez Morales  (C, M, H, 40-49, CRM)
Jeremy Gillett  (L, M, B, 30-39, PSW)
Dara Cobb Lewis  (C, F, B, 40-49, NC)
Tyler Reeve  (L, M, W, 25-29, OH)
LaVerne Thorpe  (L, F, B, 60-69, AZ)







Chung Seong Kim, Executive Pastor
1099 N. Meridian, Ste 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204
PO Box 1986, Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 713-2685

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NAPAD Board of Directors

 Jae Young Rhee (Moderator),
Eula Nicola Pagdilao (Moderator-Elect),
Jennie Huang (Secretary/Treasurer),
Caleb Wang (Representative to the General Board),

Members at Large
Gethsemane Tagaloa
Yunkyong Lee Hill
Tevita Uesi
Nerleb Likisap
Jessica Kim

Doug Wirt (College of Regional Ministers Representative)
Sotello V. Long (Council of General Ministries Representative)

Teresa Hord Owens (General Minister & President)
Timothy S. Lee (Immediate Past Moderator)
Chung Seong Kim (Executive Pastor).

NAPAD Ministry Team

National Ministry

Chung Seong Kim, Executive Pastor

Ethnic Ministry

Lian Jiang – Chinese Ministry
Saitumua Tafaoialii – Samoan Ministry
Nerleb Likisap – Chuukese Ministry

Women Ministry

Soo Yun

Regional Ministry

Younglan Kim & YoungJun Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Pacific Southwest Region.
Daniel Lee – NAPAD Ministry Team, N. California-Nevada Region.
Hyoung Chel Yang – NAPAD Ministry Team, Illinois Wisconsin Region.

Mission of NAPAD

 The North American Pacific/Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) affirms the cultures and heritages of Pacific/Asian peoples within the historic and living Christian faith. As part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we join with other Disciples in the total mission of the church, to recognize and promote the gifts and presence of North American Pacific/Asian Disciples in the life and work of the Church.

Purpose of NAPAD

To participate in God’s mission through the various expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To contribute to the wholeness and unity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To advocate for Pacific/ Asian Disciples within and outside the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

To share the gifts and traditions of Pacific/Asian Disciples with the wider church.

NAPAD ministry continued to thrive in accordance with the Disciples identity in becoming “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world”. NAPAD is faithfully on the frontline of accomplishing the four mission priorities of the Church: Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church; New Church Establishment; Congregational Transformation; and Leadership Development.

Becoming a Pro-Reconciling and Anti-Racist Church

There are about 120 churches (25 among them are new church or newly joined less than three years) in 2018 which consist mostly 18 different ethnic and linguistic groups: Burmese, Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Chuukese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Mongolian, Montagnard, Samoan, Tongan, Vietnamese, and Zo. We gather to form one community – the NAPAD community. NAPAD contributes to the Disciples being “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Our 20/20 vision is to have 200 pro-reconciling and anti-racist congregations.

We have offered culturally adapted anti-racist training (in Korean) in Pacific Southwest Region in consultation from the Reconciliation Ministry. Several ethnic group leaders are being trained to offer language and culture adapted training in several languages

Beside existing trainer, we are continuously seeking to educate new leaders who can have anti-racism training in each ethnic language

Together with the Council on Christian Unity, NAPAD sponsored Resolution GA 1522, “A Call for Peace, Justice, and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” in GA 2015, we are continuously working with DOM and other ecumenical partners with ministry to promote permanent peace for Korean Peninsula.

After the last presidential election, there is new fear of racism among immigrants’ community. We are working with DHM Refugee and immigration ministry to develop a specific educational resource to support NAPAD community affected by it. We will be continuously working with partners to advocate and support our community which has been greatly affected by immigration issue.

We are working with Reconciliation Ministry to award grant to support program and education for anti-racism.

Executive Pastor and Rev. Chan Hee Heo are serving as board members of Reconciliation ministry council.

New Church Establishment

NAPAD ministries has been in forefront of Disciples 2020 vision effort. In partnership with New Church Ministry of Church Extension and Regional Committees of New Church Development, we have initiated and/or established new NAPAD congregations.

Training of new church planters is an ongoing process that requires the collaboration of congregational, regional, and general ministry. Rev. Nerleb Likisap participated in first annual Coaching Academy hosted by Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation. Which was held in Indianapolis in May 17-19.

The Geunhee Yu Covenant Fund was established in 2012 to provided funding for new church ministry. And This year we add significant donation to reach $100.000 for its endowment so that it can continuously provide support for this important ministry.

NAPAD supported Chuukese leadership and ministry development through Chuukese Easter Rally held on March 31-April 1 in Portland, OR and Chuukese Youth Rally held on June 28-30, 2018 in St. Joseph, MO. Together with regional and general ministry partners, NAPAD continues to support and advocate for the Chuukese Disciples as they work on church growth and sustainability.  NAPAD ministry is closely working with several regional churches to develop more robust relationship between Chuukese Community and Disciples. In June 2018 Chuukese Youth rally, NAPAD office with rev. Terrell McTyer (new church ministry) provided educational session for the Chuukese pastors and leaders

NAPAD is in process of establishing new Disciples Congregations in Mesa AZ, Louisville, KY, Orlando, FL. Bismarck, SD

Congregational Transformation and Pastoral Care

In December 2014, in honor of the late Rev. Harold Johnson, who was pivotal to the establishment and development of the ministries of NAPAD, the Harold Johnson Legacy Fund was established.

This fund serves to support NAPAD congregation as they develop and strengthen their children, youth, and women ministries.

New application for the grant will be announced in September.

NAPAD keep supporting several congregations in their efforts to revitalize their ministries through diverse outreach programs

Leadership Development

NAPAD supported five seminarians through providing funds for their internships in congregational and general ministries. This was done with the hopes that they will apply themselves in developing their ministerial skills and leadership capabilities.

There are four ordinations celebrated:

Jennie Hwang ordained in South West Region (February 11, 2018) in First Chinese Christian Church, Plano, TX.

Teresa Pecinovsky ordained in Tennessee Region (June 17, 2018) in Eastwood Christian Church, Nashville, TN

Hee Sook Yoo ordained in Northwest Region (July 14, 2018) in Lake Washington Christian Church, Kirkland, WA

Tevita Uesi ordained in Central Rocky Mountain Region (July 28, 2018) in First Tongan Christian Church (Granger Community Christian Church), West Valley City, UT

The Korean Disciples Convocation had leadership training workshop in KDC convocation held in South Bay Christian Church in California on Jan. 22-25th, 2018.

Kagiwada scholarship was awarded to Tipisone Junior Tuiolemoto (Graduate Theological Union) Safue Logo Ulufaleilupe (Pacific School of Religion) in 2018

Soongook Choi scholarship was awarded to Kyeongjung Kim (Brite Divinity School) in 2018.

The 20th Biennial NAPAD Convocation.

We had the 20th Biennial NAPAD convocation in Portland, OR on August 8-11th 2018. Our theme was “One in Christ: Growing into Unity” Ephesian 4:13. Chinese mission started at First Christian Church of Portland by Christian Woman’s Mission Board in 1891. We have returned to this historical place to open new era for NAPAD ministry. We have worship, fellowship and learning opportunities including 4-day young adult pre-convocation event. We had total 270 participants including visitors. I want to express special thanks to Program and Life committee and young adult leadership to make the event another success.

Ministry Team and Communication Coordinator.

Our ministry teams have been working hard in regional and ethnic setting. Especially under minimal financial support, their dedication and effort help our ministry a lot. Besides existing ministry team, we need new ethnic leaders who can work with us for new emerging ethnic group such as Chuukese. Instead hiring permanent staff, I would like to work with those leaders as annual basis by support them with resources and education.

Pastor Baek Hee Kim officially started his work as part time communication coordinator in NAPAD office from January 2018. He has been great help for our ministry.

New Website and quarterly e-newsletter are in development.

NAPAD office is working on developing and improving our communication by updating NAPAD website and begin new quarterly e-newsletter for new year. With Facebook page, these new ways of communication will help our community to share our ministry among ourselves and broader church. These will be done before the end of first quarter in 2019. New fundraising effort including online donation capability in our website is also under development.