Advisory Team

The Advisory Team of the AADVENT project is made up of dedicated folks who give expert counsel and leadership to the program, oversee its development and ongoing expansion, and provide a broader and more strategic view of Asian American ministries within the context of the greater church. The team members are:


The Rev. Dr. Homer Ashby - Professor of Pastoral Care, McCormick Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell - President and Professor of Church & Ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary

Ms. Ella K. Campbell - Secretary for Pacific and Asian American Ministries, Reformed Church in America

The Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz - Director of the AADVENT Project

The Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy - Interim Director of the Center for Asian American Ministries, McCormick Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. David Esterline - Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, McCormick Theological Seminary

Ms. Stacy Kitahata - Coordinator of Evangelical Outreach, ELCA Region 1, Seattle, WA

The Rev. Dr. - Dean of Master's Programs, Associate Professor of Ministry and Historical Studies, and Director of the Center for African American Ministry and Black Church Studies, McCormick Theological Seminary

Ms. Sunok Pai - Former Member of the Board of Trustees at McCormick Theological Seminary, Overland Park, KS

The Rev. Jim-Bob Park - Lead Pastor, Young Nak English Ministry, Los Angeles, CA

The Rev. Phil Tom - Associate for Urban Ministry in Evangelism and Church Development. PCUSA

The Rev. Mienda Uriarte - Coordinator, Christian Education Leader Development, Congregational Ministries Division, PCUSA

The Rev. Dr. Wesley Woo - Community Organizer, Religious Properties Project, Peninsula Interfaith Action, Foster City, CA

Dr. David Yoo - Associate Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College