Hi I’m Erna. This blog is my chance to wax poetic about being a woman, leadership, Christian stuff, stories that amuse me, race, and social justice issues. Maybe some ponderings about music and songwriting. Also the foundations of humanity, ponder if Jem really was truly outrageous, and express my love for all things Tina Fey. I’m also hoping that this blog will help me get in touch with the ghost of my grandmother and finally gain the approval of the Korean people. Maybe Mindy Kaling will be my new best friend. It’s hard to tell where this is all going.
BIO WITH ACTUAL FACTS
Maybe you wanted a more factual description. I’m a half Korean and half White woman originally from Seattle. I moved to Los Angeles to attend Scripps college where I majored in American Studies. I have been on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for about 15 years. Before I left LA two years ago, I was the Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Urban Project and also helped oversee Black Campus Ministries in Los Angeles. The last two years I have been Director of Worship for Urbana Missions Conference. I believe that when we sing other people’s songs we need to enter into their stories and stand with them. Here’s a video that I helped produce.
I am currently the Associate National Director of Urban Programs for InterVarsity. I am pursuing my Masters in Inter-Cultural Studies under the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies- which is basically a masters in getting decolonized by Native American leaders. And I recently wrapped a leadership cohort with the Christian Community Development Association.
I specialize in leadership development and training communities and leaders to engage with issues of multi-ethnicity. I preach frequently. I love developing program. I also lead multi-ethnic worship and train worship leaders in how to lead groups into multi-ethnic worship as well as a broader Biblical framework for worship leading.