Our Staff

Pastors Christian and Erin Lee provide the spiritual leadership and structure for the house. They make sure that the house is being faithful to steward the vision God has given, raise up leaders and provide an environment of freedom and safety. The staff team provides the administrative infrastructure and leadership necessary to keep the church moving in the direction God has set. The staff is committed to serve the church with love, integrity and faithfulness.

 

Christian Lee

Christian Lee - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Lead Pastor
  • Joined New Philly Staff: April 2008
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: March 12, 1979 in Korea
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Undergraduate: New York University (B.S. in Information Systems)
  • Graduate: Torch Trinity Graduate University (M.Div.), ordained with KAICAM (2014)
  • Temperament: Choleric/Sanguine
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Gifts
  • Where and when did you get saved?
    July 1988 at a Vacation Bible School for children when I was 9 years old. A female pastor led me in a prayer to receive Christ.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Salesman at a Sneaker Retailer, Lifeguard, Software Tester, Specialist at the Apple Store SOHO in NYC, Legal Assistant, Web Developer
  • Fav Movie: Braveheart

Erin Lee

Erin Lee - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Lead Pastor
  • Joined New Philly Staff: November 2008
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: April 18, 1984 in NY
  • Hometown: Syosset, NY, United States
  • Undergraduate: SUNY Binghamton
  • Temperament: Sanguine/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Words of Affirmation/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved?
    I was saved when I was in sixth grade at a youth group retreat. We sang the song ‘Nails in Your Hands’ and I committed my life to Jesus Christ.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    I worked at this sushi catering business where I would dress up in a summer kimono and serve sushi at country clubs. Banana Republic, Lobster Tail Glazer and Packer (yes i worked in a huge fridge next to my co worker Pedro), Waitress at a Japanese and Thai food Restaurant, KATIC (Korean Agriculture Trade and Information Centre) as a receptionist which really means closet cleaner! Just to name a few…
  • Fav Movie: I like too many!

Seojung Ha

Daisy Kim - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Executive Assistant & Finance Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: March 2017
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: November 8, 1991 in Seoul, Korea
  • Hometown: Seoul, Korea, and the great state of Texas
  • Undergraduate: University of Texas at El Paso
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Choleric
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Quality time
  • Where and when did you get saved? I was 16 years old. About 6 months after I moved to the States, I was in chapel at my high school. The Holy Spirit washed me with tears. I didn’t know what it was at that time but that is when I experienced God.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Peer Leader at my college, Financial Associate at a local jewelry retail store, Assistant Manager at a Japanese restaurant, Invoice Operator at an International moving company, English teacher.
  • Fav Movie: I can never answer questions with “favorite” in it. I like too many movies!

Myunghwa Choi

Myunghwa Choi - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Operations Director, Community Pastor of NP Hongdae-Omega
  • Joined New Philly Staff: November 2008
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: May 14, 1986 in Busan, Korea
  • Hometown: Busan, the great city (!), Korea
  • Undergraduate: Ewha Women’s University (English Education)
  • Graduate: Torch Trinity Graduate University (M.Div.), ordained with KAICAM (2012)
  • Temperament: Sanguine/Choleric
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Acts of Service
  • Where and when did you get saved? May 2005, my freshman year in college at my very first church New Philadelphia! (formerly called JSEM)
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Part-time clerk, English tutor, Instructor at hagwon
  • Fav Movie: Toy Story 3 & Finding Nemo (I like both equally!)

Marcus Corpening

Marcus Corpening - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Campus Pastor of NP Itaewon, Creativity Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: November 2008
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: August 8, 1985 in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Hometown: Lenoir/Asheboro, NC, USA
  • College/Major: Univ of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Political Science)
  • Graduate: Torch Trinity Graduate University (M.Div.), ordained with KAICAM (2012)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Sanguine
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Words of Affirmation/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved?
    August 2006 at a Korean-American church in North Carolina.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Foot Locker, UNC Student Stores’ Textbook Worker, GNC (Supplements/Vitamins) Worker, Factory Worker at Energizer Battery Co.
  • Fav Movie: Snatch, The Dark Knight

Jonathan Neufeld

Jonathan Neufeld - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Worship Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: January 2010
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: October 2, 1979 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • Undergraduate: Bethany College (Pastoral Ministries, Biblical Studies); University of Winnipeg (History)
  • Graduate: Torch Trinity Graduate University (M.Div.), ordained with KAICAM (2012)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Melancholy
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Words of Affirmation
  • Where and when did you get saved?
    When I was about 5 years old in my parents’ van
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? English Teacher, 5th Grade Teacher, Roofing Construction Worker, Banquet Server.
  • Fav Movie: The Matrix

Susy Park

Susy Park - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Director of K1 Prayer Tab, Hongdae Worship Pastor
  • Joined New Philly Staff: September 2014
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate: March 30, 1984
  • Hometown: Santiago, Chile
  • Undergraduate: Univ of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Psychology)
  • Graduate: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Sanguine
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Physical Touch / Quality Time
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? English Teacher, College/Young Adult Pastor back in North Carolina, Legal Assistant
  • Fav Movie: Forrest Gump

Sarah Suh

Sarah Suh - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Emmaus Yonsei Univ Campus Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: December 2015
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: October 24, 1990 in Anaheim, CA
  • Hometown: Fullerton, CA, USA
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine (International Studies)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Choleric
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Quality Time/Physical Touch
  • Where and when did you get saved?
    I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was in 7th grade at a Youth Group retreat. However, I can honestly say my relationship with God began in 2012, when I recommitted my life to him as a student in Emmaus Campus Ministry.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Intern with Liberty in North Korea, Agent’s assistant for New York Life Insurance Company, Preschool & Kindergarten Teacher in Korea.
  • Fav Movie: Babel

John Park

“John
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Sillim), Emmaus Seoul National Univ Campus Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: August 2015
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: June 18, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea
  • Hometown: Centreville, VA, USA
  • Undergraduate: James Madison University (Marketing)
  • Temperament: Sanguine/Choleric
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Quality Time/Gifts
  • Where and when did you get saved? I received a revelation of the Gospel message in Juvenile Detention Center through the continuous visits and love shown through my father when I was 15 years old.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Tutor, waiter, barista at Starbucks, dry cleaners, online sales of computer products, marketing department for government contracting, language and clearance testing for government contracting.
  • Fav Movie: John Q

Daniel JS Kim

Daniel JS Kim - New Philadelphia Church Staff
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Hongdae-O), Offerings & Support Site Admin
  • Joined New Philly Staff: January 2015
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: December 18, 1985 in Gwangju, Korea
  • Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
  • Undergraduate: University of Melbourne (Laws & Commerce)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Physical Touch
  • Where and when did you get saved? I grew up in a Christian home and don’t really have a salvation moment but the time when I began to live a spirit-filled life was in 2009, through two different retreats P. Christian spoke at in Melbourne and Sydney, being the Transformation Conference in January and Battlefield Retreat in July, respectively.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Waiter at an Italian cafe, Waiter at a Chinese Restaurant, Paralegal, Preschool Teacher
  • Fav Movie: Back to the Future

Brock Macdonald

“Brock
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Itaewon)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: March 2015
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: July 22, 1989 in Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Hometown: Napanee, ON, Canada
  • Undergraduate: Kingswood University
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Physical Touch/Words of Affirmation
  • Where and when did you get saved? Driving home from church one Sunday, when I was 5 years old, I asked mom how to be a Christian, like my best friend just became, I prayed and remember hearing from God after that.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    I worked at a corn maze as a gatekeeper, kitchen worker at McDonald’s, farmer, camp counselor, resident assistant, kitchen manager (of 1) at an Italian deli, waiter at an East Indian Restaurant, hagwon kindergarten teacher.
  • Fav Movie: The Incredible Hulk

David Ha

“David
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Hongdae-A)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: December 2015
  • Status: Married
  • Birthdate and Place: July 29, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Hometown: El Paso, TX
  • Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin (Radio, Television, & Film)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Melancholy
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved? When I was 13 years old, there was a revival hosted at my church. The guest pastor, Bob Oh, asked if anyone wanted to commit their life to Christ. I raised my hand. Being part of the praise team, I didn’t have to walk too far to get to the front. I repeated the words that I had heard so many times throughout my life. But this time, it felt different. It felt more sincere.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Hollister as a “model,” Intern at a commercial/film editing company, Entertainment label trainee, English teacher, Waiter at a sushi and teriyaki restaurant, Sushi Chef
  • Fav Movie: The Rush Hour series

Graciela Kim

“Graciela
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Sydney)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: March 2015
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: Dec. 20, 1987 in Bellflower, CA
  • Hometown: Irvine, CA, USA
  • Undergraduate: Univ. California-Riverside (Latin American Studies)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Quality Time/Words of Affirmation
  • Where and when did you get saved? I went with my cousin to her youth group retreat in 7th grade. We wrote down our sins on a piece of paper and nailed them onto a cross.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held?
    Swim instructor, baby-sitter, English teacher, worked at a library, at Panera Bread, at an orphanage, at cafes and bars.
  • Fav Movie: Motorcycle Diaries

Hannah Chong

“Hannah
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Sillim)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: December 2015
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: September, 1992 in Sydney, Australia
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Undergraduate: Macquarie University (Psychology)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Sanguine
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Words of Affirmation/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved? I was attending a young adults service when I was 18 years old, and I remember being lead to confess for the first time ever “I need you in my life God.”
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Casual/part-time legal assistant, a part-time English teacher at a Montessori, and a full-time service technician for mobile devices at Apple.
  • Fav Movie: I’m honestly open to a variety of genres, as long as it’s got a good storyline!

Michelle Kwak

“Michelle
  • Area of Ministry: K1 Staff Member (NP Itaewon)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: July 2016
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: June 8, 1990 in Brooklyn, NY
  • Hometown: Wayne / Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA
  • Undergraduate: Duke University (Psychology)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Quality Time/Words of Affirmation
  • Where and when did you get saved? I was partly raised in the church, but I really committed my life to Jesus and started walking with Him my freshman year of college while attending a college ministry (InterVarsity Christian Fellowship).
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Receptionist at a surgical center, private flute/piano teacher for beginners, research assistant at a cognitive neuroscience lab, English curriculum developer & teacher at an academy, text editor & voice actor for an English learning series.

Mark Yu

“Mark
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Itaewon), Itaewon Worship Pastor
  • Joined New Philly Staff: August 2016
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: August 20, 1985 in Independence, MO, USA
  • Hometown: Lenexa, KS, USA
  • Undergraduate: University of Kansas (B.S. in Elementary Education)
  • Graduate: University of Kansas (M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Temperament: Phlegmatic/Melancholy
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Acts of Service/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved? Summer of 1997 at a church revival service for youth when I was 11 years old. I responded to an altar call and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Waiter, Janitor, Office Clerk at a Financial Consulting Firm, Art Center Assistant, Dorm Resident Assistant, Librarian, Nanny, Elementary School Homeroom Teacher
  • Fav Movie: Big Hero 6, Sing

Kate Park

“Kate
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Hongdae-O)
  • Joined New Philly Staff: January 2017
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: September 28, 1985 in Seoul, Korea
  • Hometown: Seoul, Korea
  • Undergraduate: Hongik University (Bachelor of Architecture)
  • Temperament: Sanguine/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Gifts / Quality Time + Physical Touch
  • Where and when did you get saved? When I was 10 years old, I confessed my love for Christ, accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I got baptized the very same year.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Camp counselor / telemarketer / weekly guest, assistant director & writer for radio broadcasting
  • Fav Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (but honestly, I’ve watched ‘Mean Girls’ so many times I’m pretty sure I memorized every line)

David Chong

“David
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (NP Sydney), Emmaus University of New South Wales Campus Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: January 2017
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: 1 October 1988 in Sydney, Australia
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Undergraduate: Victoria University (Laws)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Phlegmatic
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Gifts/Quality Time
  • Where and when did you get saved? I grew up going to church, but Jesus became real to me and I committed my life to Him when I encountered radical forgiveness and reconciliation with my parents in 2012.
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Lawyer
  • Fav Movie: Back To The Future II

Emily Tregelles

“Emily
  • Area of Ministry: Intern Pastor (Hongdae-A), Emmaus Korea University Campus Director
  • Joined New Philly Staff: January 2017
  • Status: Single
  • Birthdate and Place: October 2, 1990 in Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Undergraduate: Hawaii Pacific University (BA in Anthropology)
  • Temperament: Melancholy/Choleric
  • Love Language (Giving/Receiving): Quality Time/Words of Affirmation
  • Where and when did you get saved? I was about 4 years old in my home. Part of the homeschooling curriculum I was doing had a video about the gospel. My heart broke when I heard that Jesus died for me, and my mom led me in prayer to invite Jesus into my life. I got baptized later at age 6..
  • What were some of the previous jobs you’ve held? English teacher, Academic Tutor, Waitress and Kitchen Staff
  • Fav Movie: ??? I don’t really have one, but I do like a variety of genres. Here are some in no particular order of preference: “The Chronicles of Narnia” “The Librarian: Quest for the HIdden Spear” “The Butler” and “Night at the Museum”.

Staff Group Photo – Dec 2015
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Staff Group Photo – Dec 2014
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Staff Group Photo – Dec 2013
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The Staff – Dec 2012
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Staff Outing – Aug 2012
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Staff Outing – Aug 2012
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Staff Paintball Fun – Aug 2012
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The Staff + Busan Church Plant team – July 2011