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
Rev. Yvonne Ash: Associate Pastor

Stephen Kim – Interim Worship Leader

Esther Chung: Christian Education Director
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.


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.


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. 

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.


Jane Kang: Administrator

Yoon Lee – Interim Administrator

Franklin Liang – Intern

Jane provides administrative support for the UP team as an administrator. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Illinois and received her master’s degree at UCLA. Jane is enjoying her newlywed life and loves shopping, reading, and eating – especially pudding!


Yoon is currently the Interim Administrator and serves in undergraduate and youth ministry. She has been a part of UPC since her undergrad years at UCLA, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. In her spare time, she enjoys crafts, catching up with friends, and watching Korean comedy shows.

Franklin is currently serving as the Intern at UPC. He is a UCLA undergraduate student majoring in economics and is also a member of the undergraduate fellowship group Agape. In his spare time, Franklin enjoys anything related to basketball, eating good food, working out, and playing sports.

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