Pastor Wongee Joh (she/her/hers) is a Korean-American woman pastor, who initially responded to her call that “things will be different for our daughters” while raising her daughters, Elizabeth and Samantha. Being the change we want to see in our world is the gift of God, and she finds deep joy in this journey. She understands no one walks alone and embraces relationships of solidarity in collective resistance through the freedom and power God gives to us to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
Wongee is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, and prior to her appointment here at Aldersgate UMC, she served under appointments in the New York Annual Conference (NYAC) since 2009. In 2019, she was the recipient of the C. Dale and Gwen White Award from MFSA in recognition of her longtime dedication to intersectional collaboration amongst justice seeking groups, especially in the areas of race, gender, and human sexuality.
She also served as staff chaplain at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for six years and as an adjunct professor for Supervised Ministry/Leadership and Formation at Drew Theological School.
Wongee appreciates learning as a life long gift. She enjoys being at creative play through traveling, hiking, running, gardening and cooking with families and friends.