It is a privilege to be a staff resource for this United Church delegation to China. I first visited China in 1986 as a youth participant in an ecumenical conference in Nanjing. That event was a careful expression of Chinese Protestant Christian leaders’ outreach to global partner churches, for it came after a period of isolation and challenge for them. Participants left the encounter committed to nurture relationships of mutuality, respect and friendship. Some 30 years later, I look forward to renewed conversation with Chinese Christian colleagues, and the opportunity to learn from each other.
My service at The United Church of Canada General Council began in 1994. I am part of the Church in Mission Unit, and act as Team Leader of the Global Partnership Cluster and Coordinator of Asia Partnerships. I have also served as Global Mission Personnel Secretary, and as Program Coordinator: People in Partnership.
I was born in Japan. My parents served the Korean Christian Church in Japan from 1959 to 1964 Canadian Presbyterian missionaries. As a young adult and university grad, I returned to Japan to spend three years working as mission personnel with the National Council of Churches in Japan.
I live in Toronto with husband George Dimitris and 13-year old son Benjamin. We share a love of the outdoors – in winter we head to the skating rink and ski slopes; summer finds us lakeside camping, hiking and biking.