From the beginning of 2019 Rev Hui Young Han is the minister for Whangaparaoa Parish.
Our Parish Office Administrator is Wanja Senekal.
HUI YOUNG HAN
I was born in a small town called, “Haw Chun” in South Korea. I always enjoyed going to Sunday school and was curious about what’s written in the Bible since I was young. At the age of 12, I devoted myself to serving God out of my love for Him and studied theology at Gwan-dong University in South Korea.
My desire for a new adventure led me to come to New Zealand in 2000 and I opened my eyes to a multi-cultural ministry. Nothing made me happier than ever whenever I saw the people from different cultures came to the heart of the Lord. Since then, I did my Master’s degree at Laidlaw College. During the study, I also got married to Pierce and gave a birth to my son, Ha Ram. After I was accepted by the Methodist Church of New Zealand, I had my ministry training at Trinity College. During the time, I also gave a birth to my daughter Ye Rang. And then, I was finally ordained at the Methodist Church of New Zealand in 2016.
It had not been easy to do both at the same time - studying Western theology in my second language and raising two young children without support in a foreign land. But looking back those periods now, I can see how God fed my brain with various theological knowledge, and nourished and healed my heart through my precious children.
Whangaparaoa parish is my second appointment after Morrinsville parish. I am so excited to have both the young families and the elderly folks, both kiwis and migrants from various parts of Pacific Islands and Asia. Along with these people, I’m very looking forward to building our parish as a place where the community can rest, be nourished and relate to one another.