Campbell took over at the Lincoln United Methodist Church, while Myung moved here after serving four years in the Sacramento area as the associate pastor at Cho-Un Korean United Methodist Church.
Myung, 44, has been warmly received by the local church congregation, both at church and through their work on the parsonage.
“I was so excited, but at times I as nervous,” Myung said. “The transition is so wonderful. There are no words other than to say, ‘thank you’ to the church family because they have welcomed me warmly.”
Before coming to Patterson, Myung served in Sacramento, and previously was associate pastor at Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley.
Raised in a four-generation Christian family in Seoul, Korea, the first seed of her calling to the ministry was when she represented the Korean Girl Scouts working in a poor area of Pune, India.
Myung completed her doctoral courses in textile and clothing in Korea, earned her PhD in that field and was planning to pursue more study in the United States.
Myung’s focus changed after much prayer and fasting, and she chose to attend a seminary instead. She earned a Master of Divinity from New York Theological Seminary and then a Master of Art in Biblical Languages from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Myung adds that she knows she chose the right path in her life.
“Some parts of my heart is always related to serving people,” Myung said. “The seed was planted and it kept growing. One day I decided to enter the ministry — I didn’t want regrets. Now I am designing something different — that’s exciting and still creative work.”
Myung’s parents and two younger brothers, three nephews and three nieces, still live in Korea, while some cousins reside in the United States.
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