NAPAD History

Dr. Hawk Jeu 

Dr. Hawk Jeu 

Harold Johnson with Joel Santo and Luz Bacerra

Harold Johnson with Joel Santo and Luz Bacerra

First meeting, 1978

First meeting, 1978

First Convocation

First Convocation

EARLY ASIAN DISCIPLES

1891: Chinese mission starts in Portland, OR

1907: Chinese Christian Institute in San Francisco established

1908: Japanese Christian Institute in Los Angeles established.

1933: Filipino Christian Church founded.

1942: Japanese Christians sent to internment camps.

1948: Returnees of former Japanese Christian Church found West Adams Christian Church

TOWARDS A CORPORATE IDENTITY

1978: First consultation of Asian Disciples is held in Indianapolis and names itself the Fellowship of Asian American Disciples

1979: Second consultation of Asian Disciples held. The name is changed to American Asian Disciples (AAD). At the General Assembly, the American Asian Disciples is officially recognized.

1980: First AAD Convocation held in Indianapolis. David Kagiwada is elected as the first convener.

1992: The General Assembly resolves the create directorship for Asian Ministry in DHM. The Rev. Dr. Geunhee Yu is appointed as DHM associate in charge of the American Asian Ministries:

1996: AAD becomes the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD).

2001: Patricia (Cisa) Payuyo is elected First Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly.

2005: Carolyn Ho is elected First Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly.

2011: Rev. Dr. Geunhee Yu retired. NAPAD’s Board of Directors nominated Rev. Jinsuk Chun as the next Executive Pastor.

2012: The 17th NAPAD Convocation elected Rev. Jinsuk Chun as the Executive Pastor.

2015: Rev. Jinsuk Chun resigns from his position as Executive Pastor.

2016Rev. Geunhee Yu appointed Short Term Interim Executive Pastor to serve from January 2016 to June 2016

2016: The 19th NAPAD Convocation elected Rev. Chung Seong Kim as Interim Executive Pastor.

Dr. Yu and Anne Updegrove Spleth

Dr. Yu and Anne Updegrove Spleth

Cisa Payuyo

Cisa Payuyo

Dr. Yu and family, 2011 Convocation

Dr. Yu and family, 2011 Convocation