Less than 5 percent of Asian American churches are led by women of color.

Even fewer see Asian American women pastors in predominantly Asian congregations.
We aim to change that.

HOW PASTORALAB WORKS

 

Identity • Belonging • Wholeness

    PastoraLab addresses the particular challenges & obstacles Asian American women ministers face from a historically marginalized social location.
    This program provides a communal learning space for AA women faith leaders to reflect on their experiences through a field-based hermeneutic that embraces their personal and social identities. 

Engage in mentorships with Asian American faith leaders.

Learn practices to build a healthy and holistic ministry.

Cultivate one’s Asian American Christian leadership identity.

Participant Testimonials

PastoraLab Spotlight: Lydia Choi
PastoraLab Spotlight: Lydia Choi

Lydia Choi is a PastoraLab online cohort member. She is a pastor at Bethany North, one of the six locations of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA. She is also a ministry consultant at Ministry Architects. Lydia enjoys traveling with her family, skiing with her...

Core Team

Young Lee Hertig

Young Lee Hertig

Project Director

Co-founder / Executive Director of ISAAC. Taught courses on Spirituality, Sustainability, and Diversity at Azusa Pacific University, United Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary since 1992 to present. She holds three MA’s in Counseling Psychology, Theology, Anthropology, and PhD in Intercultural Studies.

Beverly Chen

Beverly Chen

Online Cohort Facilitator

Licensed clinical social worker and received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has been providing counseling for over 20 years in a variety of settings. Recently she started her dream job as Director of Wellbeing Education and Training at Boston University.  

Eva Peters

Eva Peters

LA Cohort Facilitator

Eva Peters finished her position as the Registrar at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. She has an MBA from Azusa Pacific University. Prior to working at Pitzer, Eva was the director of International Services at Fuller Theological Seminary. 

Stella Kim

Stella Kim

LA Cohort Facilitator

Stella earned a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked as a spiritual director for 9 years after earning a master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care. Stella is a professor at Biola University, Southern California Seminary, and Rhombus University teaching graduate students in MFT programs. 

Janette Hur-Ok

Janette Hur-Ok

OC Cohort Facilitator

Janette is an associate professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and an ordained minister who pastors at Ekko Church in Orange County. 

Jeya So

Jeya So

OC Cohort Facilitator

One of the co-founding and co-lead pastors of Anchor City Church, and works in various capacities with new church leaders in several denominations and organizations, including the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshipping Communities and Cyclical Inc.

Research Project

A major aspect of PastoraLab is the National Quantitative Research on Asian American Congregation Leadership Practice.