About Erna

Hi I’m Erna. This blog is my chance to wax poetic about being a woman, leadership, 2015.06.26_Matt Kirk_6080_smallChristian 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.



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.




4 thoughts on “About Erna

  1. Erna, I don’t know you, but I love your writing! I loved the piece on wardrobe–Calvin Chen alerted me to it–and shared it at The Well FB page. And I love this piece on a quiet and gentle spirit. Would you consider having it or a version of it as a blog post or article at The Well? I think it is a great word to all of us women who really want to be faithful following Jesus, but can get derailed by focusing too closely on one aspect of scripture.

    Thanks, Erna!

    Marcia (editor at The Well)

  2. Hi Erna …
    from … The CornerStone Initiative … a CCDA in Huntsville, AL
    re … availability to speak at C4:2016 “Better Together” … February 23rd, 2016

    We’re back from CCDA (loved your MC-ing!) and are continuing plans for our 3rd Annual CornerStone Conference for Community Compassion, February 23rd, 2016 in Huntsville, Alabama.

    We could not find an online site or form for speaker invitation for you … so what is your preferred way to receive a speaker request with detailed conference info?

    We are aware you have another huge event coming up in December, so we are praying for good work interspersed with good sabbath for you!

    Gratefully … Patty Lowe for The CornerStone Initiative … a CCDA organization in Huntsville, AL

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