Deepening Our Relationship with Christ and Each Other is What Ministry Is About.

Rev. Hyun Ho (Peter) Park grew up in the countryside of South Korea. As a farm boy, he used to work with his parents in the pig and cow farms, rice fields, strawberry and watermelon patches. Upon coming to the United States and completing his Master of Divinity degree, he fell in love with scripture-based, spirit-filled, intellectually compelling, and traditionally innovative Wesleyan theology. He served youth and college groups at Atlanta Bethany UMC in Sugar Hill, Georgia for almost 7 years. Before serving Grace, he served youth and children’s ministry at Berkeley Korean UMC in Oakland, California for 5 years.

Rev. Park is married to Da Hye Jung who has expertise in children’s ministries and is a specialist in music. Their toddler son, Luke, is full of energy, curiosity, and personality. With passion for serving others, Pastor Peter’s ministry is focused on relationships with one another and with God.

Teaching Experiences

Luke-Acts: Postcolonial Reading (Spring 2016) @ Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA

The Ancient World (Summer 2017) @ Holy Names University in Oakland, CA

Elementary Greek (Winter 2017) @ Oikos University in Oakland, CA

Elementary Hebrew (Winter 2018) @ Oikos University in Oakland, CA

Biblical Theology (Spring 2019) @ Oikos University in Oakland, CA



Ph.D: Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

Th.M & M.Div: Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

BA: Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.

Ph.D Dissertation

“Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Slander, Labeling, and Violence: Intergroup Conflict, Recategorization, and Identity Construction in Acts 21:17–23:32”


Under Review: “‘Who can speak for me?’ David’s Ten Concubines and the Case for Comfort Women,” in Historical Books, Texts @ Contexts, ed., Athalya Brenner-Idan, Gale A. Yee, and Archie C.C. Lee (New York: T&T Clark)

“Minjung in the Sinking of the Sewol Ferry: A Reading of Luke 10:25-42 from Minjung Theology’s Perspective.” Korea Presbyterian Journal of Theology, Vol. 48 No. 3 (2016. 9): 59-79.

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For me, the most exciting, joyful, and meaningful work in life is to know Christ and make Him known to others.