Bethany will have new Pastoral Leadership in July.
Note: The appointment for new Pastoral Leadership will be confirmed at the Virginia Annual Conference Meeting on June 18, 2021.
Name: Rev Moonsup “Paul” Song, 62.
Born in South Korea and became a US citizen.
Family: Married for 32 years to Mihwa Kim Song, Licensed
Pharmaceutical Technician, with three grown children:
Joseph, Physician in New York.
Timothy, Lead Engineer for GE, Atlanta, GA.
Daniel, Second year student at UVA, Bio-medical Engineering,
major, Computer Science, minor.
Education: Wesley Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry.
Wesley Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity. Seoul Methodist Seminary, Master of Theology.
Soongsil University, BA, Social Work major, English minor.
Ministry: Ordained Deacon in 1992 and Ordained Elder in 1994.
Since appointed to First Church in Hampton, associate, he has served the churches in the Districts of Ashland, Winchester, Arlington, Alexandria, Fredericksburg, and
currently serving St Paul UMC, Christiansburg, Roanoke
District, for six years.
Connectional Ministry: The Conference Board of Discipleship, Ethnic Local church concern, Board of Ordained Ministry, Former
President of Asian American Ministers’ Association, Current chair of Roanoke District Committee of Ordained
Guiding Scripture passage:
“The Greatest Commandment.”
Gifts and graces, and passion for pastoral ministry: Spiritual
formation for discipleship, forming transformative spiritual leadership, discerning to be attentive to God and responding faithfully to the work of God, contemplative congregational life for mission and ministry.
Three Biblical models of mission and ministry of the local church:
Exodus 17:8-16— Collaborative Leadership.
Acts 2:42-47 —Spiritual vibrancy.
I Corinthians 12: 12-30 — Christ’s body in love.
Books frequently read for pastoral ministry and congregational life:
Experiencing God (revised and expanded), by Henry Blackaby.
The Presence Based Church, by Terry Teykl.
Becoming a Blessed Church (2nd edition), by N. Graham Standish.
Pursuing God’s Will Together, by Ruth Harley Barton.
A recent book to recommend for spiritual formation:
Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging, by