Pastor Sang Lead Pastor of OVUMC

Lead Pastor

Pastor Sang

When did you decide to become a pastor?

I was born and raised in a Methodist Church in Seoul, Korea. I attended my home church since I was in my mother’s womb! I had wonderful Sunday School teachers (some of them were seminarians from my Alma mater, Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea) and actively participated in MYF, and served as president of the MYF at my home church. Being nurtured and inspired by diverse experiences throughout my days of formation in the church, I felt a strong connection with the life of Jesus of Nazareth. It was in my senior year in high school. I was sitting in a bakery with one of my best friends. And I told him, “Hey, I
believe Jesus Christ is the Superstar of the entire human history. And I am determined, from now on, to commit myself to Jesus. And I want to be a pastor!” For me, it was Christ Jesus who would bring peace and

justice to Korean society, which was suffering under military regime at that time. I was overcome with joy in tears, as I found the ultimate purpose of my life in Jesus Christ.

When did you join the staff of OVUMC?

I had served as a Methodist pastor in Korea for 11 years before I arrived at LAX with my family in 2002 to extend my theological study at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA. Upon graduation in 2006, I switched coasts to be appointed at a 3-point charge, deep south rural churches. I joined NCCUMC as an Elder in Full Connection in 2008. The Bishop and the Cabinet appointed me to serve as a Lead Pastor with committed staff and excellent lay leadership at OVUMC effective July 1, 2024. I am excited, humbled, and looking forward to continuing my journey of life and ministry with the people of OVUMC and the surrounding community.

What is your favorite part of being a pastor?

My favorite part of being a pastor is deeply listening to the stories of faith journey from the people I serve. Life is a journey. This is true to me, as an immigrant. I have been traveling a long journey and am still on the move. In this journey led by God, we have come across one another at OVUMC. I am looking forward to learning from the witnesses of my people at OVUMC. And I am thrilled to encounter God’s Eternity as I watch the horizons at Oak Island. I believe it is the Irresistible Grace of God that draws us all to be part of this exciting journey together as One Body of Christ.

Where do you think OVUMC is headed?

I know OVUMC has been known as a faithful, vibrant community of faith deeply grounded on the Wesleyan way of faith. Our gifts and leadership have been extended to the Harbor District and NC Annual Conference. I believe exciting days for God’s mission are waiting for us. I can’t wait to witness God’s breakthrough into the mission fields around us. The doors at OVUMC are widely open to ALL people who are hungry for the Grace of God and longing for finding a safe place for their faith journey. Through grace-filled and radical hospitality and risk-taking mission engagements, I hope and pray OVUMC continues to follow Jesus Christ who is already working and abiding with the people around us, unnamed, unchurched, de-churched, yet precious in God’s sight.

How do you spend your free time?

As I grew up in the foothills of mountains, my favorite hobby is hiking in the mountains. In Oak Island, that will be switched to walking the beach!! I like road trips and I go to the gym and pool to invest my time in taking care of my body and soul as best as I can. I also enjoy watching EPL soccer games!

Do you have a family?

Jane and I have been married 34 years, and we have two grown twin(!!) daughters, Lilly (husband Daniel Pak) and Grace (husband Binjie Lou). And Jane and I are thrilled to be grandparents in June 2024. (it’s a boy!)

Anything else to share?

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need me! My office hours at the church are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can call me at 910-278-5973 (office), or 919-428-5512 (cell). My email address is pastorsang@ovumc.org. Monday is my Sabbath day, so I will not be in the office on Mondays.