Amy was born in Korea and moved to the U.S. when she was 10. She attended church all her life and accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord at her first ARISE summer retreat in 7th grade. Ever since, she attended most (if not all) ARISE events as a student and continued to serve at ARISE summer retreats. As she continues to grow in her relationship with God, God has graciously led her to His heart and His radical love for the world through Jesus. She is deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve with ARISE Youth Ministries, to love, and to share the Good News with the Korean-American youth in New England. Amy finds simple joy in drinking warm tea in the morning, making cards for her dear friends and family, and watching the sunset… actually, she is a little obsessed with sunsets.
Hannah is currently a nursing student at Simmons College in Boston, but was raised in a small town called Westford in Massachusetts. She grew up in a Korean-American church and attended ARISE Youth Ministries events as a student. She has grown and received so much love from the ministry through the 7 years of middle school and high school. For her, ARISE was a community of brothers and sisters dedicated to encouraging her to grow in her personal walk with the Lord. She is forever grateful for all the counselors and staff members that poured out their hearts and prayers onto her. She is also thankful for the sisters in Christ she gained during her time as a student. As they continue to walk with one another, during different seasons of life, they point each other towards the cross. Overall, she is certain that the Holy Spirit dwells in ARISE Youth Ministries to carry out God’s kingdom work within the hearts of the youth in New England. She prays for her younger brothers and sisters in Christ to be blessed by ARISE the way that she was! With a heart full of gratitude, she looks forward in taking part in sharing the gospel and God’s love with the next generation of youth!
Grace was a born and raised in Boston (aka “Bah-ston”), where she has grown to appreciate the beauty of four seasons… still working on warming up to winter (pun intended). She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in counseling at Lesley University and hopes to use her empathetic heart to serve God’s people. Besides attending school, you will usually find Grace either at Highrock Church, cute cafes, or eating Mexican food! Giving thanks to ARISE for influencing her decision to pursue a degree in counseling, Grace has first-handedly witnessed ARISE transform and free the youth through the power of the gospel. As a result, she strives to further build His kingdom for future generations. Grace thrives off of meaningful friendships through heart-to-hearts and taking care of the soul. Fun fact: She is known as “hot sauce girl” at, what she believes is, the best local diner in Massachusetts. Her wide range of hot sauce favorites include Cholula, Tapatio, Tabasco, and of course, 고추장 (Korean hot pepper paste)!
Sage has been involved in Korean-American youth ministry for over 20 years in the local church and with ARISE as staff and Executive Director. She continues to serve on ARISE's advisory board after raising up and passing on the ministry to its next generation of leaders. Sage is also a Ministry Mentor (in partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) and youth ministry consultant and trainer.
ARISE began as a ministry when Sage was in high school and God has graciously allowed her to be a part of it ever since. She believes in the importance of friendship, soul care and hospitality within the ministry team in order to love and serve others well. She enjoys sharing life and meals together and serving as one to watch the Gospel heal, transform and set young people free to serve our world. Sage has worked for Leadership Transformations, a spiritual formation ministry for Christian leaders and teams, and for The Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Boston College and has a Masters of Religion in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell. Massachusetts has been home since she and her family came from Korea and she is a total New Englander at heart--loving all the beautiful seasons and historic charm, but not a huge fan of lobstah. She and her super-duper husband, Young, live in Peabody, MA with their son, Timmy. They are members of Citylife Church in Boston.
Aaron is committed to being part of what God is doing in New England and lives to see lives transformed by the true Gospel. ARISE has played an important role in leading Aaron to the counseling field. The ministry has also led to a meaningful building of Christ-centered relationships. One thing Aaron gets excited for every year is witnessing the growth of the youth in New England and the development of older brothers and sisters committed to serve the youth. Aaron received an M.A. in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and currently works as a licensed mental health therapist. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and really, really loves the city of Boston. You'll see him at Cornerstone Church of Boston every Sunday morning. He has a growing list of skills that he hopes will be put to good use. Diapering ... check, flowering arranging ... check, speaking fast ... still working on it.