Leadership

Dan Hyun: Elder & Lead Pastor  

Dan Hyun | Elder & Lead Pastor

Dan Hyun was raised in the greater Philadelphia area, and he has a degree in speech communication from Penn State University and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missiology from Biblical Theological Seminary.

In 2008, Dan was privileged to lead a team to start Village Church in Baltimore, MD, with dreams of making God famous through a diverse and multicultural expression of the kingdom of God.

Dan currently works with the SEND Network as the City Missionary for Baltimore, serving urban churches, pastors, and church planters. He regularly writes for Lifeway Pastors and speaks on issues including leadership, urban ministry, justice, and church planting. He also launched the Ethnos Conference to lead the Church in conversations about multicultural mission and reconciliation.

Dan’s interests include sports, working out, good food, and conversations on culture. After God, his greatest joy and desire in life is for his lovely wife, Judie, and their two daughters. You can follow him on TwitterInstagramFacebook, or www.danhyun.com to see what God continues to teach him.

   

Larry Lin:  Elder & Executive Pastor  

Larry Lin | Elder & Executive Pastor

Larry was born and raised in San Jose, California, and he has a civil engineering degree from Cornell University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After briefly working in college ministry, Larry moved to Baltimore to join Village Church’s staff team in 2013, first as an intern and eventually as a pastor.

Outside of his work with Village Church, Larry writes regularly for Reformed Margins, a writing platform for Reformed Christian ethnic minorities. Through his writing, he is passionate about bridging the gap between the Bible and secular culture. In addition, Larry enjoys looking stuff up on Wikipedia, watching basketball, and songwriting. Listen to his music on Bandcamp and read his blog on WordPress.

Larry lives with his wife Van-Kim and two children in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore.

 

Eric Lapointe: Elder  

Eric Lapointe | Elder

Eric lives in Original Northwood with his wife Ashley and three children. After Eric received his MA in organizational leadership, he and Ashley moved to Baltimore from Los Angeles in 2008 to be closer to family. Eric has a background in higher education administration and leadership development and currently works as a Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Eric is passionate about helping others identify and achieve their God-given dreams, utilizing their gifts to forward the kingdom of God.

Ryan Miller: Elder  

Ryan Miller | Elder

Ryan Miller was born in Kentucky but has called many places home throughout his life. He has spent the majority of his professional life in the Baltimore/Washington D.C metro area. Currently, he resides in the Mayfield neighborhood in Baltimore City with his wife, his daughter, two dogs, and two cats. Ryan works in the finance industry in downtown Baltimore, and he enjoys traveling, watching sports with friends, investments, writing, and reading books. Mercy ministry is very close to his heart.

Julius Thomas:  Pastor of Community Engagement  

Julius Thomas | Pastor of Community Engagement

Julius was born in Oceanside, CA, and raised in Chesapeake, VA. He has an Environmental Studies degree from Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, where he played college basketball, and a Masters of Divinity from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.

Julius worked for a campus ministry called Campus Outreach for 6 years at Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Radford University, and Liberty University. During his time on staff he met and married his wife Sara Thomas. In 2019, Julius was hired as a Pastoral Intern at Village Church, and a year later, he was installed as the Pastor of Community Engagement.

In his free time Julius enjoys playing basketball, listening to jazz music and reading books on diversity and racial reconciliation. He and his wife also love eating and finding good food spots.

Teresa Yeh: Kids Ministry Director  

Teresa Yeh | Kids Ministry Director

Teresa grew up in Howard County, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. She moved to Houston, where she dabbled in many subjects (cognitive sciences, psychology, biochemistry, global health technologies, and teaching English to speakers of other languages) at Rice University, joined a local intergenerational Chinese church, and learned about cross-cultural kids ministry and outreach. She returned to Baltimore for grad school and now works as a research associate in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also spends a lot of time with Hopkins campus ministries. Teresa lives in Charles Village with a splendid housemate and lovely neighbors—and loves the city of Baltimore and God’s kingdom.

Kristi Culbreth: Youth Director  

Kristi Culbreth | Youth Director

Kristi is originally from Newberry, South Carolina. She moved to Baltimore after college for a year of service and fell in love with the city. By day, Kristi works in vocational services for people with disabilities (and by night, gets to plan fun youth nights for the Village Church youth)! Kristi lives in Barclay with her two awesome roommates and enjoys knitting, hammocking, and waiting in anticipation for the Orioles to win the World Series.

Moses Mouanoutoua: Director of Music Ministry  

Moses Mouanoutoua | Director of Music Ministry

Moses joined the staff of the Village Church Hampden as Director of Music Ministry in February 2020. Originally from Anaheim, CA, Moses majored in Biblical Studies at Grace Christian University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His experiences include over 7 years of leading worship for churches in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. He has also worked at Grace Adventures Camp, in addition to serving as the Middle School Director at Hunt Valley Church. Moses is passionate about helping people discover the life-changing person of Jesus Christ and inviting them to be part of God’s bigger story of reconciling all things to Himself and celebrating God through musical worship. Moses loves to watch sports (NBA, tennis, and soccer), play guitar, eat at different restaurants, travel, and most importantly spend time with his lovely wife of 5 years Laura, and their Goldendoodle, Duke. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity with a focus in Youth and Family Ministries at Liberty University Online.

Summer Stewart: Director of Office Manager  

Summer Stewart | Office Manager

Summer is originally from Baltimore, having spent her whole life here until 2012 when she moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University. She recently moved back to the city after spending a few years overseas and is excited to get to know her hometown once again. Summer is passionate about community and international development, addressing the root causes of poverty, and furthering discipleship in the church through missions, which she sees as an outpouring of the global church’s worship of Jesus. She also enjoys a good game of soccer, a medium rare steak, and traveling the world.

Nancy Blanks: Deacon of Facilities  

Nancy Blanks | Deacon of Facilities

Nancy has always been passionate about looking out for the underdog and those in society who are seen as “the other.” She strongly believes that Jesus loves everyone immensely and equally. Whether it has been through leading the Random Acts of Kindness Club at her high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, participating in various volunteer work opportunities—including serving with Habitat for Humanity and painting a school in Costa Rica during college—or approaching and befriending people who appear to be alone, she loves to spread Jesus’ love (as best as she can, with humble recognition that only Jesus can do this perfectly). She has three wonderful brothers, two sister-in-laws, and one niece and nephew. She is passionate about being a math teacher, and she enjoys trampolining, perusing google, and resting in her free time.

Matt Chernesky: Deacon of Local Outreach  

Matt Chernesky | Deacon of Local Outreach

Matt was born in Augusta, Georgia but grew up in the Washington, DC metro area, and he has an Information Systems degree from UMBC. He has lived in Baltimore city for 3 years, and he currently lives in the Union Square neighborhood with his wife Wingnay. Matt is an IT consultant in the DC area, and he loves watching and playing most sports, traveling to new places, and spending time pouring into the lives of West Baltimore teens through the 10:12 Sports ministry. A spring break trip with InterVarsity back in his college days, where God spoke to his heart about urban ministry, inspired him to move to the city and be intentional about sharing the love of God with those in urban contexts.

Lionel Chia: Deacon of Mercy  

Lionel Chia | Deacon of Mercy

Lionel hails from the sunny island of Singapore and now enjoys experiencing the four seasons here in Baltimore. By day, he is a PhD student at the Pathobiology graduate program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he hopes to find a cure to prostate and pancreatic cancer. By night, he continues to experiment with various recipes found on the internet. Lionel is also involved in various campus ministries reaching out to international scholars and graduate students on campus. When he is not spending his time doing experiments, you can find him in a coffee shop with a good cup of flat white or on a hunt for the next food place around Baltimore.

 

Ashley Costello | Deacon of Care

Ashley Costello is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, but moved to Baltimore in Winter 2015 to be with her now-husband, Dan. She was educated at Wake Forest University (where she was a Demon Deacon) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently works for Johns Hopkins University. Ashley is an avid runner and reader; if you ask her what she is reading, prepare to be locked in conversation for a minimum of fifteen minutes! She is excited to be the Deacon of Care and is looking forward to serving God and the members of the Village Church in this role.

Paul Yi: Deacon of Community  

Paul Yi | Deacon of Fellowship

Paul was born and raised in Columbia, MD. He attended Boston University for undergrad and medical school and is completing his radiology residency at Johns Hopkins. Paul and his wife, Julie, have been part of Village Church since 2017. Paul organizes the Breaking Bread initiative at the Village, along with other events to cultivate community.