Born in Seoul Korea, he moved to L.A. at the age of 13. He earned a B.A. and MAT in Math at Occidental College. He worked 3 years as a high school Math teacher until God called him to full-time ministry. He received his M.Div and MA in Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary (class of 2007) after which he was ordained in 2008 under PCUSA. He is currently serving as the Sr. Pastor at True Light Presbyterian Church in NJ. He received a special calling to serve the orphans and children in poverty during his seminary years. His first visit to Dongmyung children’s home in 2008 sparkled his passion for an orphan ministry and he founded Yana Ministry in April 2012 with three other founding board members. His main goal is to be the message “You Are Not Alone” to orphans in many tangible ways. He truly believes that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being” (James 1:27).
Yongmin was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to U.S. in 2006 to study theology(M.Div). During his seminary, he met pastor Joo at Praise Presbyterian Church in 2009 and joined YANA ministry. Through the ministries of YANA, he realized that how it is important to bring God’s message “you are not alone” to marginalized children in poverty.
He is now serving True Light Presbyterian Church in NJ as an executive pastor. He lives in Paramus, NJ with Jieun Park(wife), and four daughters(June, Jooah(April), Jooel, Jooah)
YSAP Youth Director
Grace Shin was born in Seoul but moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, when she was 16 years old. Subsequently, she came to New York City as a foreign student. Utilizing her music therapy training and given her love of children, Grace volunteered at Milal Mission in the 1990's to work with children with developmental disabilities.
When YANA Ministry decided to offer a study abroad program to its children, Grace's family was the first host family volunteer. Although her family has been hosting Yejin, the very first YSAP student, since April 2014, Grace is the main host parent who has been raising and educating Yejin.
Starting February 2017, Grace began to serve as YANA staff to help others understand the YSAP and what it means to serve as host families to YANA children. Grace lives in Fair Lawn, NJ, with her son David Patrick, daughter Yejin, husband Soonkyu, and Fluffy (a Shih Tzu dog).
Grace had her first encounter with YANA Ministry in 2012. Ever since then she has been involved with summer missions, Flying Happiness and contributes to publications. Over the years her heart has grown fond of the vision and mission of YANA Ministry and wishes to be a vessel in which the message, "you are not alone", can be conveyed to all who feel marginalized. Grace is a member of True Light Church and serves in the English Congregation. She works at a non-profit organization in NYC as an accountant and is currently working on obtaining a certificate in Theological Studies.
YANA Coffee House Director
Director of Communication
Since September 2016, she’s been serving as the communication and design director for Yana. Flying Happiness was the first event that Yoonju tasted the goodness of God through the orphans, and she quickly realized the significance of YANA ministry. She is delighted to be a part of Yana ministry, which offers amazing experience of God's goodness and kindness in orphans and children in poverty. She hopes to bring a smile to marginalized children through her design work at Yana. She is currently serving as the head designer at True Light Presbyterian Church. With her husband(Hyungeun) and her daughter(Jooeun), She lives in Fort Lee, NJ.
As an elder at True Light Presbyterian church in New Jeresy, he’s been serving both his church and Yana ministry with all his heart. When he first met the children from Dongmyung children’s home, he was overwhelmed by the grace and love of God towards the orphans. Ever since then, he’s been following God’s passion for orphans and children in poverty. Jerry serves as the treasure for Yana Ministry since 2017. He is the founder and president of HALIFAX, LLC. His company is a American multinational clothing and accessories wholesaler and retailer. Halifax was established in 2001 and the headquarter is located in Garfield NJ.
We believe “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
Our mission is to be the embodiment of the message of Jesus, "You Are Not Alone" to orphans and abandoned youth. We want to become reliable families to abandoned children and youth in every possible way, so they can build their own healthy family.
1) We are not their sponsors, we are their family.
2) We don’t expect any immediate fruits.
3) We collaborate to make it better.
4) We remain openhanded
We will do anything short of sin to reach orphans and abandoned children
5) We will lead the way with irrational generosity.
We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Young sun Lee
Young Sun Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of a private group practice, Defining Moments Counseling & Assessment Center in California. She has a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Joining a ministry like YANA has been a long-awaited answer to her prayer and she and her husband, Sung, feel very blessed to take part in it. Young Sun and Sung joined YANA since 2013. Both of them have a very special heart for orphan ministry, and Young Sun is serving YANA as YSAP advisor. They live in Los Angeles, California.
Isaac was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Isaac has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is currently a private equity investor at a NY-headquartered hedge fund. Previously, he was a Principal at Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to working at Golden Gate Capital, Isaac was a management consultant at Bain & Co. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jane, and three daughters, Samantha, Abigail and Josephine. Isaac and his family live in Menlo Park, CA. Isaac and Jane joined Yana ministry in 2012. With a compassionate heart towards orphans and children in poverty, Isaac and Jane have been a faithful family to both Yana and orphans.
Jimmy is the President of Joy Systems Inc. Joy Systems, Inc. is one of the largest refurbished PC manufacturers in the US, utilizing over 110,000 square feet facilities. Since its inception (established in 2001), Joy Systems has processed over 2,000,000 refurbished monitors/PCs/laptops with emphasis on superb quality and zero tolerance for defects. Jimmy’s heart to support orphans and children in poverty has been faithful throughout his dedication as a board member. After experiencing the very first Flying Happiness by proving his home as a guest house, he’s been faithfully serving Yana ministry for more than 7 years. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.
Joseph Cho is the founder and president of JC Distributor Corp (Kitchen Design & Consulting) which is located in New Jersey. He hopes and dreams to distribute not only his Kitchen Design work, but God’s love to those who are in need in the name of Jesus Christ. After listening to pastor Joo’s vision towards the orphans and children in poverty, he joined Yana Ministry with full passion. He’s been a faithful board member since 2016.
Young Sun Kim
YounSun Kim works as a medical doctor in the SOK gastroenterology clinic center in Seoul, Korea. He joined YANA Ministry to provide necessary care and love for the orphans in Korea. He feels that this type of ministry is a missional calling from God for all Christians. With his knowledge in medicine, he dreams to restore and heal brokenness among many orphans and children in poverty both physically and spiritually. He is now serving as the board chair for Yana Korea Inc. in Korea. He’s been with Yana Ministry since 2012.
Jong O Lee
JongO Lee has been serving as a YANA board member since September 2013. He first became involved with YANA ministry through Flying Happiness. For the past three years as students have been flying into America, JongO opened up his home and time to spend with both the children and the social workers. Through those experiences he decided to join YANA Ministry because he wanted to share the love of Jesus Christ and help people in need. As Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31). He is the owner and president of Love My Tapes Corp. JongO and his family live in Paramus, NJ.
Soonkyu is a graduate of Harvard University, with a B.A. degree in Psychology. He attended the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to acquire a Ph.D. in Management Science/Organizational Studies. While studying at MIT, an opportunity offered by J.P. Morgan prompted him to change course and pursue an analyst career. Today, SK is a highly skilled analyst with 16 years of expertise extending across numerous asset classes, including municipal bonds, corporate bonds, equities, and convertible securities. Since launching his career at J.P. Morgan, he went on to hold multiple analyst roles at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He is currently a senior analyst at the firm, concentrating on municipal practice. With a special passion for orphans and children in poverty, SK is currently serving as the board chair. As one of the original founding members of Yana, he’s been serving Yana ministry with all his heart.
YANA Korea Coordinator
Sukjoo has known YANA Ministry in year of 2012 while he was one of social workers at Dongmyung Children’s Center in South Korea. YANA was the ideal organization that he dreamed in college. In 2017, Sukhoo left Dongmyung for his degree and heard YANA Korea was established around the same time. YANA Korea was looking for someone who has heart for orphans, and Sukjoo gratefully applied for the position. Now he is here for YANA Korea by the grace of God!
Sukjoo is a father of two precious daughters and he is happy when he tells to someone “You Are Not Alone”
Director of YANA House
Sulmi worked as a social worker at Dongmyung Children’s Center from 2004- 2018.
Shelways hoping to become a someone you can rely on especially for young adults recently dismissed from orphanage. Ever since YANA Ministry was introduced at Dongmyung in 2008, she has witnessed ministry’s message deliver to children was successful in many ways.
As a director of YANA House Project, Sulmi is very excited to be a family for young adults who are having a hard time to adjust and adapt to the society.