United Methodist Church
Pastor Jack is the Bridge Ministry Pastor of CUMC. He has been doing college and young adult ministry since 2013 and was given the Bridge Ministry Pastor role in 2016. He seeks to bridge the next generation of Christians to the life of the Church and is currently focusing on college students coming in from KUMC of GW, a partner ministry of CUMC. He loves to sing and make corny jokes that leave everyone hungry for more. If you ever need an amazing joke to lift your spirits, he is the one to go to!
There’s something new going on at Chesterbrook these days. This is a result of two congregations coming together to become one.
The original Chesterbrook congregation began meeting at one of the members’ homes in 1906. The current church building was built in 1920. Over the course of 100 years of faithful witness of the Gospel in the Northern Virginia area, the Chesterbrook congregation developed a vision to become a more diverse and impactful congregation in the Greater DC area.
Vision of Peace Church began in 1986 (then Koinonia Chapel) as the English Ministry Congregation of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington. Over the years, God placed a desire in the hearts of the VOPC congregation to dream of a greater impact for Christ.
In the fall of 2015, Chesterbrook UMC initiated a search through the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to find ways to do ministry differently for the sake of the Gospel. Through a process of grace and love, Chesterbrook UMC and Vision of Peace Church prayerfully decided to become partners for the Gospel and became one church. Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington was instrumental in blessing the sending of VOPC to Chesterbrook UMC. On June 5, 2016, under the leadership of Rev. Cathy Abbott (District Superintendent of Arlington District), the Vision of Peace Church congregation transferred their membership from Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington to Chesterbrook United Methodist Church. Rev. Gene Larkin (then pastor of Chesterbrook), Rev. Daniel Park (then lead pastor of VOPC), and Rev. Young Bong Kim (then senior pastor of KUMCGW) also participated in the membership transfer service. It was the mark of a new beginning for two congregations. On July 1, 2016, Rev. Daniel Park was appointed by Bishop Young Jin Cho to be the new senior pastor of Chesterbrook United Methodist Church as Rev. Gene Larkin retired after over 50 years of faithful service to the United Methodist Church. This fall, Chesterbrook UMC is celebrating 110 years of God’s faithfulness Come and join us!
Rev. Park married his wife, Pastor Isaiah Park, in 2006 and they together have 3 beautiful daughters: Jubilee (7), Promise (5) and Elisha (2). They are also expecting a baby boy to be born in December. He loves to write music, play music (piano and guitar), singing, playing volleyball, table tennis, hiking and reading books.
Pastor Isaiah is the Education pastor, serving both children and youth. Her hope and desire is to see young lives transformed powerfully by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her passion is to see this young generation declare that we are the righteousness of Christ Jesus, and daily live into that truth.
Pastor Isaiah is blessed with 4 beautiful children: Jubilee (7), Promise (5), and Elisha (almost 3), and a soon to be born baby boy! Pastor Daniel and she have been married for 10 years. Their family loves singing and dancing together! But most of all, they love taking communion every night and watching God pour out His amazing favor and love on their family!
Pastor Isaiah is passionate about the Book of Romans, Costco, Avengers, playing games with her girls, singing with her husband, and telling her Jesus everything!
Rev. Daniel Park was born in New Jersey and raised in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Vassar College, and a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School. He was ordained in 2008, and is a full elder of the United Methodist Church. He has a wide range of ministry experience such as children, youth, young adults, young families, and older adults as well as multiracial contexts.
Rev. Park believes his calling is to empower people to live in the victory of Jesus Christ.