Sage has been involved in Korean-American youth ministry for over 20 years with ARISE and the local church. She serves as ARISE's Executive Director, 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.
Gloria was born in Korea, grew up in the Philippines, and finally stopped moving when she came to Boston, so she can finally call it her home! She is a pastor's kid and has always had to serve in the church. But God changed her heart slowly as she started attending ARISE Summer Retreat (the first one the summer after high school) and gave me a heart to serve the youth in New England. Seeing God's perfect hand lead her through life (switching majors and figuring out what to do), Gloria came to trust in God and His sovereignty. She is continuing to grow in her walk with God and is continually humbled at His awesome love for all of us. Thanks to ARISE, she has found her soul-friends with whom to share life, struggles and walks with God, and would love to see the youth in NE love the church and find life-long friends through ARISE as well! She is currently serving at her father's church as a youth group teacher and is excited for ministry because can see God work and join Him in building His kingdom here in Boston! Gloria attended Mt. Holyoke College and received her M.A. in Education from Harvard. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Suzy has served in youth ministry in the local church and through ARISE since 2006. Her desire has been for the Korean-American youth to be exposed to and transformed by the Gospel. Serving in ARISE has reinforced that desire for the youth of New England, as well as strengthen her own faith and walk with the Lord. Her vision is for the Korean-American youth of today become the men and women of God tomorrow as she views them as the future generation of God's workers. Although born in New York, she spent most of her life growing up in Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and received her Master of Science in Nursing at Boston College. She is currently a Nurse Practitioner in Lowell, MA. Suzy is a member of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston and lives with our official ARISE dog (but actually her dog), Moses, in Burlington, MA. She enjoys walks with her dog, snowboarding, spending time with friends with food, and has a fascination with whales and dolphins, some of God's amazing creations.
Throughout his life, God has shaped a great passion in his heart to love and serve the youth of this generation. He desires to be a faithful and humble servant through whom God can use to communicate the Gospel and model a life transformed by such Good News. The Lord has graciously given Eric a heart for the youth of New England through his years on staff with ARISE Youth Ministries. Through this ministry, he has learned about the tremendous need for youth workers in the Korean-American churches. Despite the many challenges, he believes wholeheartedly that God will continue to faithfully establish His kingdom in this area and beyond. Eric now serves with ARISE as a dedicated youth speaker and youth worker trainer. Eric received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was born in Queens, NY, but he spent most of his youth years in what many consider to be the best state in America, New Jersey. He then returned to Queens, NY, to receive a Childhood Education degree from St. John’s University.