Lead Pastor: Rev. Sunyoung “Sunny” Park


Rev. Sunyoung Park (aka Rev. Sunny) was born and grew up in Seoul, S. Korea to a devout Methodist family and moved to the States for her graduate work in 1998. She received her Master of Theological Studies degree from Iliff School of Theology, Denver CO and Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Before appointment to Hope UMC, Rev. Sunny served Sage Granada Park UMC in Alhambra as lead pastor, worked at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington Univ. Medical Center in St. Louis, MO as a chaplain, and served Box Springs Parish in Riverside as an associate pastor. Her cross-cultural ministry experiences taught her God’s great love for all people, and she is excited to share it with the people of Hope UMC. Rev. Sunny is happily married to Dr. Ho Paul Kim, a professor of marketing analysis, and they have four furry children, Oliver, Perky, Stella, and Francis. They together enjoy hiking, binge-watching, cuddling with their cats, and eating good food.