Dan Hyun: Elder & Pastor of Vision

Dan Hyun | Elder & Pastor of Vision

Pastor Dan was raised in the greater Philadelphia area, receiving degrees in speech communication from Penn State University and the Masters in Divinity & the Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missiology at Biblical Theological Seminary. He is driven for God’s work in the city having served with urban churches in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In 2008, Dan was privileged to lead a team to start The Village Church in Baltimore, MD with dreams of making God famous through a diverse and multicultural expression of the Kingdom of God.

His journey hasn’t been without many painful bumps along the road, but God’s patient grace has been evident the whole way. As God has blessed Dan in so many ways, he desire to invest in others. Dan trains and coaches urban church planters and regularly shares his thoughts at Lifeway Pastors. Speaking is a passion for Dan as he leads others on issues including leadership, urban ministry, justice, and church planting. He has also had an amazing experience starting the annual 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 & desire in life is for his lovely wife, Judie, and two daughters.  You can follow him on TwitterInstagramFacebook, or www.danhyun.com to see what God continues to teach him.


Larry Lin:  Elder & Pastor of Congregational Care & Mission

Larry Lin | Elder & Pastor of Congregational Care and Mission

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 joined The Village staff team in August 2013. Larry is also a husband to Van-Kim and a father to one daughter, and he enjoys playing basketball, songwriting, and talking about politics and culture. Listen to his music on Bandcamp or read his blog on WordPress.


Ryan Miller: Elder

Ryan Miller | Elder

Ryan Miller was born in Kentucky but has called many places home throughout his life. He has spent a 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 and 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 because he has a heart for urban ministry.

Julius Thomas:  Pastoral Intern

Julius Thomas | Pastoral Intern

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

Before becoming a Pastoral Intern at the Village 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 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.

Jason Melani: Worship Arts Director

Jason Melani | Worship Arts Director

Jason has been involved with music his entire life. He sings and plays drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and the harpejji, a new instrument created in Baltimore by Marcodi Musical Products which he co-founded. Along with new arrangements to older songs, Jason enjoys including original worship songs into The Village worship gatherings. He lives in Original Northwood with his wife and 4 daughters. Jason and The Village Church’s passion is to see the gospel expressed in Baltimore by engaging culture through the arts.

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 Medfield with her two awesome roommates and enjoys knitting, hammocking, and waiting in anticipation for the Orioles to win the World Series.

Johanna Bachman: Office Manager

Johanna Bachman | Office Manager

Johanna was born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA. She was educated at Concordia University in Chicago and Towson University in Baltimore. Johanna, her husband Adam, and their children have been part of the Village Church community since 2010.

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.” Jesus loves us all 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 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 teaching math, 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 for almost 3 years, and he currently lives in the Union Square neighborhood of Baltimore city 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 4 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 student 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 Community

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 the Village since 2017. Paul organizes the Breaking Bread initiative at the Village, along with other events to cultivate community.