Meet Our Team

We the staff at the University Presbyterian Church, would like to introduce ourselves so that when you come to worship with us, you’ll already know a few friendly faces.  It is our pleasure to serve you and we look forward to meeting you.

Rev. Dr. Soon Chung:   Lead Pastor                                                      

Pastor Soon has been the senior pastor at UPC since its inception. He completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at UCLA, then went on to study at Princeton Seminary, and received his doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Pastor Soon enjoys going out to eat, traveling, watching UCLA games and attending his son’s track and field events.

Contact: info@upcla.org

Rev. Yvonne Ash: Associate Pastor                                                        

Pastor Yvonne focuses on discipleship, pastoral care, youth ministry and the executive aspects of the church. She grew up in Virginia, attended the University of Virginia and went on to get her Masters in Divinity at Princeton Seminary. She enjoys unwinding with friends over coffee and listening to podcasts and jogging.

Contact: yvonne@upcla.org

Rev. Dr. Dan Newman: Part-time Teaching and Small Groups Pastor

Daniel Newman has served the church in Korea or in the Korean American context since 1980. For the past 13 years he has worked as a professor of practical theology at Azusa Pacific Seminary where he has filled multiple rolls in several Korean and English ministry contexts. He enjoys road trips, especially to national parks!

Contact: daniel@upcla.org

Stephen Kim: Worship Leader and College Director in Training                

Stephen Kim is serving as the Interim Worship Director. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UCLA in 2017 and has volunteered at UPC since his undergrad years on the worship team, Agape (undergrad) and youth ministries. His hobbies include playing music, snowboarding, and video games.

Contact: stephen@upcla.org

Esther Chung: Christian Education Director                                                

Esther supervises and plans for the Christian education programs for the church. Esther holds a B.A. from King’s College and M.A. in Christian Education from Princeton Seminary. Esther is mother of four grown children and in her free time, she enjoys music, cooking, and reading.

Contact: esther@upcla.org

Jordan Galbraith: College Director                                                      

Jordan Galbraith leads Agape, our college ministry at the church. He is passionate about discipleship and longs for every person to become a disciple who makes disciples. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Davis in Exercise Biology and went on to get his Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific Seminary. He enjoys adventures with his wife, deep conversations, anything involving competition… especially basketball, and a good weekend surf session.

Contact: jordan@upcla.org

Janet Lee: Part-time Administrator                                              

Janet Lee serves as a part-time administrator at UPC. She is currently a first-year DPT student at CSUN. She enjoys various genres of music such as Jazz, Classical, Pop, and Indie.

Contact: janet@upcla.org