Howard Cha-Young Kim is Old South Church's Pastoral Resident, through City Mission's Urban Pastoral Ministry Program. He is a 2020 graduate of Duke Divinity School (M. Div., Magna Cum Laude). His BA (religious studies) was awarded by UCLA in 2014. Howard is on the ordination track with his home church, The Way, LA, where he also serves as their (remote) administrator. Howard brings experiences in both church and parachurch ministry, administrative support of nonprofit organizations, a facility with social media and graphic design, organizing and building solidarity between marginalized communities, including affiliation with Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.
Howard and his wife moved east (they currently reside in Providence) where she is enrolled in an architecture program. Together they have often ventured to Boston to explore the city and its restaurants. Howard writes: "Boston has been teaching me that God is present in the city and dwells in the streets, and as I’m falling in love with Boston, I want to be where God dwells. Urban ministry is hard work, often painful, but a beautiful way of living out the call of Jesus Christ. I want to continue learning how to deeply feel and listen to Boston’s heartbeat, to serve the people who are in need of help, and be present to how God is moving in the city. I love that this ministry program is a mixture between serving local congregations and being a part of the organizing work in the city. I believe that my experience in working in urban contexts in Los Angeles, serving the local community and helping develop rhythms of sabbath and faithful protest, is a great asset to this program. But more importantly, I’m excited to sit at the feet of local community leaders and support the Godly work they are already doing."