Lydia was born in South Korea and moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. She moved around from Georgia, to Kansas, and to California where she attended UCLA, studying Political Science. After college she worked in political campaigning for a year and then decided to go into ministry. She received a Master in Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and is now ordained in the PCUSA.
She grew up as a pastor’s kid, living and breathing church all her life. She taught Sunday School, played the piano and organ for the church choir, and was the president of her youth group. But in college, she felt distant from church and began to have doubts and questions about Christianity all together. While she was working in campaigning she began to rebuild her relationship with Jesus personally, which eventually brought her back to church. After seminary she worked at City Church of San Francisco for 7 years where she worked with community groups, organized retreats for leaders and led events on topics like singleness, womanhood, and faith intersections with work and vocation.
She recently got married in August, 2017 and is enjoying her newlywed season with her husband, Eugene. He’s an actuary in consulting for health care. Lydia and Eugene love connecting with one another on a run, biking together, and occasionally indulging one another’s pick of reality shows. Lydia enjoys cooking Korean food (and trying to cook more Chinese food for Eugene), mindfulness and yoga, and dancing anywhere. She believes that a solid cry session and/or laughing out too loud are life remedies. She loves hanging out with no agenda and chatting with people about life, discussing everything from identity and family upbringing to social justice and pop culture. Also talking conceptual ideas and geeking out on theology gets her going. Generally, good talks over lattes or walks are her favorite ways to connect with people.