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.

Program Testimonials

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. 

“I received new insights on various practical leadership topics.”

Most importantly, for the first time in many years of being in leadership, I felt seen, heard, and affirmed in a sacred gathering space. A space where we, as Asian American women leaders, are able to co-create with stories that bind our tears, pains, traumas, laughter, joy, and journey together.

Stella Yau-Lok, LA PastoraLab Cohort

“A place of real safety, loving challenge, and a nurturing space.”

This cohort has given me the language to identify what was really happening in my context and gave me the support I needed to step out in faith. PastoraLab has also reminded me to use the voice that God has given me and invest in others the way that I have been invested in.

Pia Flores, LA PastoraLab Cohort

“I’ve taken more initiative to preach at my church.”

I realized I have a perspective others need to hear. I’ve felt my calling as a pastor affirmed even as I navigate my season of life as a mom of young children. And mostly, I can journey on knowing that I have other sisters who are on the same path as me and can understand. I’m grateful PastoraLab has provided this for me.

Ann Choe, LA PastoraLab Cohort

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.

Yulee Lee

Yulee Lee

Online Cohort Facilitator

The Chief Operating Officer at Stuff You Can Use. Holds a BA in Political Science from Tufts University, a MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University. Has served in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Speaks, coaches and consults organizations on change strategy through her nonprofit The Change Leadership Institute. 

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. 

Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon

Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon

OC Cohort Facilitator

TENx10 Collaboration Training Manager at the Fuller Youth Institute. She holds an MDiv from Fuller Seminary. Licensed pastor with over a decade of ministry experience pastoring youth and adults. She is passionate about seeing diversity, justice, healing, and transformation in and out of the church.

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.

Florence Li

Florence Li

NE/SE Facilitator

Served as the National Coordinator of Asian Ministries at ABHMS for 18 years. Currently in training to learn specialized ministries in Chaplaincy. In her transition, she has agreed to utilize her leadership skills and ministry experience to facilitate this cohort.

Sue Kim Park

Sue Kim Park

NE/SE Facilitator

Associate Dean of Contextual Education and International Partnerships, and Assistant Professor of Contextual Theologies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

Tina Teng-Henson

Tina Teng-Henson

NorCal Facilitator

Interim pastor for Redeemer Community Church in San Francisco. Served with InterVarsity at Harvard College, and in pastoral ministry at several Bay Area churches. Training to be a spiritual director while otherwise responding to the missional opportunities God brings about in daily life as a community chaplain, connector, writer and free agent in his kingdom. 

Eunice Song

Eunice Song

NorCal Facilitator

Licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of counseling and clinical experience in the mental health and counseling field. Worked with pastoral leadership and seminarians as a spiritual director and currently provides culturally affirmative therapy.  

Research Project

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