Napad had 2016 Board of Director's Meeting (Dec 8-10) in Indianapolis. We had a great meeting to prepare NAPAD for next year and beyond. A lot of good discussions and decision makings about the future of NAPAD ministry, including financial stability and transparency and establishing policies for the ministry. Good fellowship and worship.. Thanks every member of the board for your dedication!
Rev. Chung Seong Kim has been appointed as Interim Executive Pastor of the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples. The appointment was made by the Board of Directors of NAPAD at its teleconference on June 29, 2016, upon a search committee’s recommendation.
Before his appointment, Rev. Kim served various congregations, most recently as Senior Pastor of Good Neighbor Christian Church in Johns Creek, Georgia, which he had founded. He has also been active in ecumenical and regional work, having served the Korean Ecumenical Peace Network in North America, as general secretary, and the Commission on Ministry of the Georgia Region, as a member. Rev. Kim holds an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, an MA from Seoul National University Graduate School, and a BA from Seoul National University.
The interim period runs from July 11, 2016, to the 20th Biennial Convocation in August 2018, after which the position will transition into that of the regular Executive Pastor, to which Rev. Kim will be invited to apply.
In 2014, the NAPAD board of directors established the Harold Johnson legacy fund to honor the legacy of the late Rev. Harold Johnson, a ministry pioneer and dearly beloved as the "Grandfather of NAPAD". Since then, the fund has supported NAPAD congregations as they develop ministries for children, youth and women.
The NAPAD grant committee is pleased to announce that First Chinese Christian Church of Texas will receive the 2016 Harold Johnson Legacy grant. This congregation, established in 1998, is located in Plano, TX. This vibrant ministry is led by Rev. Dr. Lian Jiang, their senior minister. Over the years, the congregation is known for their commitment towards being a mission-centered congregation. They have recently hired Brite Divinity School seminarian, Dr. Jennie Huang to be their associate minister to develop their growing children and youth ministry programs. The church plans to use the grant to assist the youth in developing the sense of inclusiveness of all people as God’s children (regardless of race, gender, nation, and culture).
NAPAD would like to express deep appreciation to the many who have contributed to the Harold Johnson legacy fund. Their generosity allows NAPAD congregations like First Chinese Christian Church of Texas to continue in their work as they put mission first.
(Indianapolis, IN) March 1-3, 2016, the NAPAD ministry team had their annual retreat at the Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, IN. At the retreat, the team spent time in prayer, fellowship, devotion and reported on the joys and concerns of their ministries.