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.
I’m a Korean and 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 three years ago, I was the Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Urban Project and also helped oversee Black Campus Ministries in Los Angeles. I spent two years as Director of Worship for the Urbana 15 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 racial justice and diversity. I preach frequently. I love developing program. I love working with young leaders. And woman of color community is how I make it through the day. Investing in the next generation of WOC is my passion.