Born in South Korea to Presbyterian missionary parents, Eunbee spent much of her childhood living interculturally, including in the Philippines and Mexico. After receiving her MDiv and MA in Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, she felt called to a ministry of healing and empowerment in Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, and Korea as a missionary and chaplain. She earned her doctorate in Pastoral Counseling at Emory University, where her research explored how race, class, culture, gender, and spirituality affect identity formation. More specifically, she studied the identity formation of Korean/American young adults who grew up internationally and explored how faith communities can support the formation of healthy and empowering identities in young people.
Eunbee brings more than 15 years of pastoral experience, during which she has served in a variety of capacities—pastor, teacher, and therapist. She has worked extensively with Asian American populations to promote emotional and spiritual health in children, youth, and families in churches, schools, and counseling centers. She is passionate about bringing alive the Christian gospel in fresh and creative ways with particular attention to issues of race, culture, mental health, and social justice. She loves to approach worship through the curious, playful, and joyous experience of children and seeks their participation as learners and teachers in the worshiping life of a faith community.
In her spare time, Pastor Eunbee tries not to kill her plants, enjoys cooking, and loves spending time in nature with her husband, Chwi.