Meet Our Leaders

The leaders of Asian Young Life.

Our leaders may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but to a lot of the teenagers they serve, they're sort of like superheroes (without the skin-tight suits, of course). 

Our leaders are adults who really care about Asian adolescents and who have dedicated much of their life to being there for teenagers. If you're an Asian American young person reading this, we hope you think that's pretty cool. In fact, we hope that as you get involved in Asian Young Life, you will get to know these people better. Feel free to ask them to take you out to eat and to drive you places and to help you with your homework. As peculiar as this may sound, they'll probably be more than happy to do those kinds of things not only for you but more importantly with you.

If you'd like to get in touch with any of our leaders, you can do so by visiting our Contact Information page. And if you're a college student or an adult who is interested in joining this "league of superheroes," then please visit our Become a Leader page to learn more. We'd love to have you on our team!​​


AYL LEADERSHIP TEAM



 


DR. BRIAN HALL (Area Director)
Brian is a high school soc​ial studies teacher at the Academies @ Englewood in Englewood, NJ. Brian holds a Ph.D.​​ degree from Rutgers University, where he majored in sociology with a specialization in religion and Asian studies. He has written several published articles, including a chapter in the book Asian American Youth Ministry. During the 2002-03 school year, Brian was a Fulbright Junior Scholar who lived in Taiwan and studied Chinese language at National Taiwan University in Taipei. He is the founder of Asian Young Life and has served as the ministry's area director since its inception in 2003. Brian lives in ​Teaneck, where he also attends East Bergen Christian Church. He enjoys going to national parks, hiking, mountain biking, and watching James Bond movies. His favorite Asian dishes are Korean BBQ (kalbi) and Peking duck.

 


MR. GERALD JUAN (Teacher Staff)
Gerald is a social studies teacher at Tenafly Middle School in Tenafly, NJ. He holds a master's degree in American studies from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's degree in computer science from Rutgers University. He is currently pursuing an M.Div. degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. Gerald began as a volunteer leader for Asian Young Life when the ministry was founded in 2003, and in 2014 he officially went on Young Life staff. Gerald lives in Teaneck, where he is a member of East Bergen Christian Church. Gerald enjoys playing basketball, loves Star Wars and Star Trek, and he likes to eat gummy bears. His favorite Asian dish is shrimp and egg over rice. Gerald is married to AYL leader Maria Ko Jung.
 


MRS. MARIA KO JUNG
Maria grew up in the Dominican Republic, the daughter of Korean missionary parents. She is currently a high school biology teacher at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, NJ. In her spare time, she tutors Spanish, math, and English as a Second Language. Maria is trilingual (Spanish, Korean, and English), has completed an ironman triathlon, has camped with nomads in Tibet, and spent two years in Colorado in an intense Christian missions training program formerly known as "24/7." She received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University, where she majored in biology and minored in Spanish. She resides in Teaneck with her husband and fellow AYL leader Gerald Juan, where they both attend East Bergen Christian Church. Maria enjoys hiking, backpacking, hot yoga, making scrapbooks, and listening to music. Maria's favorite Asian dish is soybean milk noodles and sushi.​
 


​MR. JOHN LEE
John is a staff intern with Asian Young Life and hopes to go into full-time church ministry. More information about John will be available soon.​

 



MR. HENRY LIN (CCCNJ L​iaison)
Henry works as a computer and software engineer in Princeton, NJ. Henry was born and raised in Taiwan, then came to America to attend graduate school. He holds a master's degree in engineering from Cornell University. He lives in Livingston and attends Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey (CCCNJ) in Parsippany. He began serving in AYL first as an adult committee member in 2008 and then become a full-fledged leader in 2010. He is an "aqua addict" who loves windsurfing, scuba diving, and any sport relating to water. He occasionally surfaces from the water and also loves to play tennis and eating good food. He is married to Mrs. Jennifer Lin.​
 


​MS. JIN PARK
Jin is a registered nurse at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. More information about Jin will be available soon.​
 


​MR. KYU SUNG PARK
Kyu is a hagwon administrator and teacher at Prestige Institute in Ridgefield, NJ. More information about Kyu will be available soon.​
 


​MR. TIM PARK
Tim is pursuing a master's degree in mathematcs education at Rutgers University, with the hopes of becoming a math teacher. More information about Tim will be available soon.​
 


​MS. JENNIFER PARK
Jennifer is a college student in New York City. More information about Jennifer will be available soon.​
 


​MS. COLLEEN TEDESCO
Collen is a pre-kindergarten teacher. More information about Colleen will be available soon.​

 



MR. MICHAEL SHUM
Mike is a high school chemistry and physics teacher at The Beacon School in Manhattan, New York City. He also coaches the school's cross country and track teams. He holds a master's degree in education from Columbia University, as well as a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Rutgers University. Mike has been a leader for Asian Young Life since the ministry was founded in 2003. He is responsible for the program in AYL and can be seen leading music, acting in skits, and making people laugh. Mike lives in Fort Lee, and he is a member of East Bergen Christian Church in Teaneck. Mike enjoys most sports, but he especially likes mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, and running—in fact, Mike has twice finished the NYC Marathon. His favorite Asian foods are fried flounder, spring rolls, and soy sauce chicken.





DO YOU WA​NT TO BE A LEADER?​

If you admire the work that the Asian Young Life leaders do, then maybe YOU would like to do it too! Leaders are the key to everything we do, and we are always looking for additional adult helpers. If you are an adult and you think you might like to serve in this way, please be sure to visit our Become a Leader  page to learn more. 

If you are a parent and you want to help out but you're not sure about serving as a leader, then you should check out our How Parents Can Help AYL page to learn about additional ways you could serve. 

If you desire any additional information, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you!


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