Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is pleased to announce the appointment of Tsuker K Yang to the District Superintendency of the North Central District of the Wisconsin Conference effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Yang will follow the Rev. Forrest Wells who, after serving three years in the North Central District, will continue to serve on the cabinet as South East District superintendent, replacing the retiring Rev. Deborah Thompson.
Rev. Tsuker Yang has served the Wisconsin Conference in various appointments and leadership positions since 1991, most recently serving the Palmyra and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Churches. He has coordinated and taught the Hmong Course of Study at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, has worked in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries in Laos and Vietnam, and served as the Director of our Hmong House of Good News. With his appointment, Bishop Jung states, “I have great hope and excitement for the future ministry in Wisconsin. His amazing journey came into mind for a fresh light; and I offer my thanksgiving to God for his amazing presence and powerful witness. YES, from migrant as refugee to servant leader in our Church, grace abounds! His leadership for new ministry, and his rich multiple cross-racial experiences will be a gift for us.”
Tsuker Yang steps into this new role with excitement and passion. “My greatest hope is to see the fruit of the ‘Imagine Wisconsin Anew’ initiative result in a strong position for growth and congregational vitality. I hope to close the gap between the Annual Conference and the local churches… to make everyone feel a win-win situation for the glory of God. I will engage with pastors and local congregations to be intentional in aligning their ministry with the vision and goals of the Annual Conference as their own, integrating both the discipleship system and congregational vitality initiative.”
Forrest Wells moves from the North Central to the South East District to build upon the powerful legacy left by Deborah Thompson. “I celebrate and desire to continue a passionate mercy, justice, and mission focus that Rev. Deborah Thompson has brought. I will continue to work toward building positive, cooperative relationships between congregations, provide training and tools in vital leadership, and develop aggressive strategic plans to launch new ministries for new people that include all people. I am grateful to serve with good leaders on the cabinet and in the Conference, and look forward to continuing those relationships. I am humbled to serve the district from which I was sent forth in ministry from Kenosha: First, and in which I served three congregations, Whitewater: First, Racine: Trinity and Janesville: Cargill. Though my roots are deep in the district, I have much to learn about every clergy and congregation and community within the district. I am excited for the opportunities that surround us, and that lay ahead in the South East District and the Conference.” Bishop Jung said, “After three years of North Central District formation, Forrest will bring much wide and deep, vital, and efficient leadership to the South East District.
Bishop Jung and the entire cabinet celebrate and give thanks to Deborah Thompson for the dedicated and sacrificial leadership she has provided. “I celebrate Deborah Thompson’s prophetic and bold leadership for the last six years.”
We invite you to join us in wishing Deborah well in her new endeavors as she retires from a job well-done.
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