Meet Kina Youn
Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling
What is your hometown and educational background?
My hometown is Seoul, South Korea. I earned a bachelor of arts in theology and a master of divinity from Seoul Theological University.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
During my me at Garrett- Evangelical, my ministry and calling has changed. To be honest, I faced a lot of conflicts when I first came to Garrett-Evangelical — cultural conflicts, educational conflicts, and theological/spiritual conflicts. However, I was able to grow because of these conflicts. I was able to be vulnerable to people. I was able to respect people with hospitality. Most of all, I was able to recognize that all of us are made in the image of God. Therefore, Garrett-Evangelical has shaped my ministry to be vulnerable and hospitable. Also, it helped me to love people by seeing them as the image of God.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
The most transformative experience is the diversity of Garrett-Evangelical. All of us are from different cities, states, and countries. We all have different looks, thoughts, and feelings. I have learned a lot from these diversity experiences. I was able to have a clearer theological and spiritual understanding by seeing this diversity.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
My plan is to not forget what I learned from Garrett-Evangelical and use it in my future ministry. Therefore, I will be a pastor who loves people as they are. I will be a pastor who spreads the love of God. Most of all, I will be a pastor who knows how to be vulnerable, just like Jesus Christ.