Ministry Coordinators Team

Christina Lee

The Effect - Prayer Ministry

Christina grew up in Lompoc, CA, a little town between Santa Barbara and Pismo that she likes to call the Midwest of California. Her family introduced her to Jesus, and she really fell in love with his kingdom in college. She’s excited to be co-leading the Effect Ministry because she’s seen how intercession has changed her own heart and because she truly believes that God works through prayer. 

Christina currently works in data analytics at a quasi-startup. She’s kind of a homebody and thinks that a perfectly legitimate reason not to go out is that she’s already home. She’s only really into cool things like Star Wars and Harry Potter, and only has super exciting hobbies like playing games and reading.

What’s your role at Living Way?
I co-lead the Effect ministry with Dave!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Cheerful, introspective, nerdy.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
My friends.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When someone asks me a question but doesn't listen to my response.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m bad at Korean when I’m really just good at English.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
I love that our leaders constantly and passionately exhort us to be obsessed with God.

David Choe

The Effect - Prayer Ministry

David was born and raised in Chicago, the youngest child and super latchkey kid of a Korean pastor.  He committed his life to Christ at age 10, missions at age 11, and knew early on that his life would be set apart for the Lord.  He made the move to LA around 10 years ago to be closer to family and escape those freezing cold winters.

David works as a Systems Analyst for a government pension company.  His free time is spent traveling the world (16 countries and counting…), hiking, Yelping, speaking Spanish, master-folding laundry, sharing the gospel, and loving on his niece and nephew.  What really connected him to Living Way was Mexico missions and a great Discipleship Community (Eastside!!).

What’s your role at Living Way?
Co-leader of The Effect Prayer Ministry alongside Christina Lee.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Optimistic, independent, loyal.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Holiday parties at my office. They are truly epic.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cheap people.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m sleeping when I’m actually in deep prayer. Really!

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
Good people and solid biblical teaching. The ministry here has fostered a renewal of my faith in and love for Jesus Christ.

Deborah Kim

Welcome Ministry

Deborah, aka Deebo, was born and raised in Koreatown Los Angeles. She met God at an early age amidst life difficulties and found her calling to become a nurse during her senior of college. Consequently, God helped her overcome social anxiety through her profession and is amazed how God has allowed her to serve as the Welcome Team Leader.

Deborah loves to create whatever she can, problem-solve, read any kind of news, and learn. She is a lifelong Dodger fan and cannot wait for them to win the World Series. She has been told that she most notably resembles Dory for her short-term memory and a “deer in headlights” for her wide-eyed startles and profuse water intake. She enjoys having fun and desires for God’s community and guests to feel the warmth, like hot chocolate on a snowy day.

What’s your role at Living Way?
Lead the Welcome Team! Connect, connect, and connect.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Reasonable, goofy, diligent

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Anything unexpected, the yodel battle with Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people talk passionately and lengthily but have no point

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m fragile, when I’m really resilient.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
Sound teaching, adoption, candid people, true discipleship and accountability.

Helen Oh

Kingdom Kids Ministry

Helen has been a member of Living Way since 2000 and met her husband, Youkeun, at church. They now have 4 beautiful children together, Rylie, Ryder, Ryenn, and River. She grew up attending church, but it was during her last year in college that she rededicated her life to Christ while attending Living Way. She served as the local missions ministry co-leader until 2007 and is currently a DC leader for the Valley Women’s group. She loves spending time with her family and friends, shopping, eating dessert, and watching K-dramas.

What’s your role at Living Way?
Director of Kingdom Kids.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Perfectionist, Optimistic, Organized.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
What my kids say. I write them down, so I never forget them.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who smoke when kids are around.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m shy and quiet when I’m really not.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
The preaching and the community at Living Way. Can't imagine being anywhere else.

James Kim

Creative Ministry

James has been a member of Living Way since 2015. His passion for music and art started when he was 7. He’s been in his current role as a Creative Director for 9 years, 3 at a design agency and 6 at leading SaaS technology company. James loves to spend time with his family, surf, and destroy people at table tennis. Although he grew up in a Christian family, his true pursuit of holiness began in 2010 after reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. As Deacon of Creative Ministry at Living Way, he aims to represent Christ and all His glory through creative arts.

What’s your role at Living Way?
Oversee the Creative Ministry and ensue that Christ and all his glory is represented through creative excellence.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Genuine, Outgoing, Crazy

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
When Isaiah (my son) says crazy stuff.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People living it up beyond their means.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I'm scary when I’m really whacky.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
I love the genuineness of the body, I love how kids are part of service and get to experience and watch their elders worship Christ.

Mike Choi

Audio/Visual Ministry

Mike was born in Guam and lived in Hawaii most of his life. A true islander. 
After high school, he left the warm tropical weather behind and joined the military, worked in different job fields, moved from place to place, but only found himself chasing the emptiness of worldly glory.  He later moved to California and started attending Living Way, where he recommitted his life to the Lord. 

He currently works in sales in the pro audio/video industry which is why he felt led to serve in the AV ministry.  Mike enjoys the outdoors, being active, and “bro-ing” out while watching combat sports.

What’s your role at Living way?
AV Ministry Coordinator.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Practical, Extrovert, Assertive.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)
Cheesy wordplay jokes.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Floss picking sounds.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m funny when I’m really not trying to be... funny.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
People’s passion for God, accountability, awesome leaders.

Nia Kim

Missions Ministry

Coming soon!

Nick Kang

AUDIO/VISUAL MINISTRY

Coming Soon!

Paul Yi

Lunch Ministry

Paul has been serving on the Lunch Ministry since 2014. He was born in Kansas and spent most of his elementary years in South Dakota and Missouri. He moved to Southern California in 1998 and has been living here ever since. Through observing his Mom’s dedication to Christ and her faithful commitment in serving the church, he has been able to witness the impact it has on others and hopes to emulate those values.  Paul’s interest in food started when he worked as a part time waiter for a restaurant while paying for college. His passion for cooking developed as he learned that cooking at home can save you hundreds of dollars. On his free time, you will find him binge watching shows on Netflix, taking his dogs Oreo and Tooboo out for a hike, or hosting countless dinner parties at his house.

What’s your role at Living Way?
I lead the awesome Lunch Ministry team, who are committed to providing an atmosphere of fellowship and community by preparing Sunday lunches.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Personable, outgoing, and handy.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Whenever I think about my past embarrassing moments (there are a lot).

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people start to tell me something but then say never mind. TELL MEEEEE!

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m a busy body when I’m really just chilling at home watching TV all the time.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
I love that the pastors are dedicated to giving Biblical truth and that the community is filled with genuine-hearted members.

Raymond E. Kim

Events Ministry

Born in LA, Ray has been bouncing around most of the Greater Los Angeles area until settling down in the San Fernando Valley with his wife Esther. If asked why he considers himself a Christian, Ray would most likely respond that as much as he would love to say it was his own great faith—it is God’s unrelenting pursuit after him that led him to Christ. Ray has been with Living Way since 2014.

Although Ray takes his workout routines (whether lifting or running) seriously, he is happiest when he is able to share those experiences with others and mold not just the physical body but strengthen relational bonds. Despite sometimes being a delicate wallflower, he blooms in full if pollinated by a good dialogue. Ray enthusiastically invites anyone to strike up conversation as he has a wide spectrum of interests but simply lacks initiative being a “shy guy”.

What’s your role at Living Way?
Church Party Planner (aka Co-leading Events Ministry with Sara)

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Work-in-progress

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Competitive people

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Routine

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I'm hard when I'm really soft.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
Our church body’s unapologetic dedication to seeking Truth and fiery zeal in taking up Christ's light burden of love.

Sara Han

Events Ministry

Sara is a SoCal native though she loves to travel as much as possible.  She believes God wants us to explore the beautiful world He created. Sara was born into a churchgoing family and considers it a huge blessing and protection that she knew the Lord her whole life. But it was especially after a season of hardship in her late 20s when the Lord met her radically that she realized joy is constant beyond circumstances and acknowledged God’s goodness and sovereignty in her life. Sara majored in English and Psychology at UCLA, and now works as a pharmacist.

Sara’s biggest fears are loved ones not really knowing Jesus Christ. Sara likes to read, be out in nature, and eat good food with good people. Sara’s favorite time each day is time spent with the Lord, be it alone or with others. Sara loves being pursued by the Lord and loves pursuing Him, and thinks it’s extra fun to be able to do that with such a great church family.

What’s your role at Living Way?
Co-lead Events Ministry with Karen

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Passionate, simple, goofy

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Silly people?? It's usually circumstantial.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Smokers & road ragers - they put others in danger

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m __________ when I’m really ___________.
People assume I'm awkward when I'm really very awkward.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
Pastors preach truth. Community spurs each other on.

Sarah Yim

Missions Ministry

Sarah was born and raised in Wisconsin. She moved to California in 2007. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!), she continued her study in the field of communication sciences and disorders to receive her MS at Chapman University. She currently works and loves her job as a speech-language pathologist.

Sarah has been a member at Living Way since 2013. She enjoys reading the Word, spending time outdoors in nature, doing arts and crafts, and eating candy. She finds great joy in sharing who Jesus is in her life to others and shining the light of Christ to all those around her.

What’s your role at Living Way?
The joy of co-leading the Missions Ministry.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Lover of Jesus ❤.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Really “punny” puns & really corny jokes ((hahaha)).

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Tempers.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m busy when I’m really just busy taking naps.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
Jesus’ people growing in their discipleship to Him through the 3 E’s: encountering Christ, experiencing His reign, & expanding His kingdom.

Steven Song

Administrative Director

Steven has been a Living Way member since 2014. He is originally from New York and made his way over to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue his dreams in the film industry. He bleeds blue, not because of the Dodgers, but because of an undying love for his alma mater - the University of Michigan. Steven grew up in the church but it wasn’t until later in life that he really committed his life to following Christ in response to His overwhelming love.

What’s your role at Living Way?
To manage the administration and finances.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Goofy, introspective, simple.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
I laugh at my own snapchats.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Myopic thinking, talk and no action.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I'm serious when I'm really silly.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
I love how Living Way values biblically sound teaching, discipling one another, serving the body, and engaging in community.