Leadership

Dan Hyun: Elder & Lead Pastor  

Dan Hyun | Elder & Lead Pastor

Dr. Daniel Hyun was raised in the greater Philadelphia area and is passionate for God’s work in the city, having served with urban churches in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In 2008, he was privileged to lead a team to start The Village Church in Baltimore, MD with dreams of making God famous through justice, mission, and reconciliation.

Dan’s vision is to empower others to serve God with all they have. He serves as a missionary, pastor, professor, and writer and is frequently invited to speak on a wide variety of issues including justice, mission, reconciliation, and leadership. God led Dan to help start and lead the Ethnos Conference to catalyze the Church in conversations about justice, reconciliation, and mission.

His 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 two daughters. You can follow Dan on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what God continues to show him.

   

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.

Larry Lin:  Elder  

Larry Lin | Elder

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. Larry works for the One America Movement, a nonprofit seeking to equip faith communities to confront division and work together across political, racial, and religious divides. Prior to that, Larry served as a vocational pastor at the Village Church from 2013 to 2021.

In his spare time, Larry enjoys writing about faith and culture, songwriting and recording, looking random things up on Wikipedia, watching basketball, following the stock market, and composting. You can listen to his music on Bandcamp and read some of his articles online at Reformed Margins.

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

 

 

Tai Hairston | Elder

Dr. Tai Hairston spent most of his childhood in Paramus, NJ before coming to Baltimore in 2011 to pursue a B.S. in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He then continued his education in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently works as a Pediatric Resident at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Tai also serves as one of the Worship Leaders and enjoys playing many different instruments. He lives with his wife, Teresa Hairston, in Hampden and enjoys its eclectic shops and restaurants. He is passionate about building an intentional Christian community among visiting scholars, professionals, and college students. His hobbies include hiking, baking, making music, and playing golf and video games.

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:  Elder & Assistant Pastor  

Julius Thomas | Elder & Assistant Pastor

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. Julius Thomas joined the pastoral staff team in 2019, and he was installed as an elder in 2021.

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 Hairston | 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 Hampden with her husband Tai—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.

 

Janet Philip | Director of Music Ministry

Janet Philip was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She came to Baltimore 3 years ago when beginning college. Over the past 6 years, she has served on worship teams at her church in GA, her college ministry and here at the Village. Her favorite aspect of worship is the gift of being able to come to God freely with praise, worries and thanks. Her experiences in Pentecostal and intercultural ministries have taught her how to worship with passion and reverence, and have shown her the variety of ways people worship.

Aside from her love of singing and arranging vocals, Janet enjoys spending time with her family and trying new foods. She loves sappy television and 90’s sitcoms.