Rev. Sooah Na has been appointed pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church and will assume her responsibilities in July, 2020, it was announced by Bishop John Schol of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.
Pastor Sooah comes to Centenary after serving as lead pastor at the Community Church of Hoboken for the past three years. While at CCH, she helped grow the congregation by 25 per cent, re-established a Sunday School program after an 18-year lapse, and reinvigorated the church’s choir.
“I have great passion for teaching people about Jesus’ love. I love to care for the community and for the world,” said Pastor Sooah. “Church is like family, and we all need each other. I’m a pastor for the people.”
Pastor Sooah graduated from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea, with a bachelor’s degree in Theology. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Drew University’s Theological School, where she received the Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Preaching, recognizing “excellence in preaching and public proclamation of the gospel.” Her faith has been a large part of her family life, as both her father and father-in-law are pastors.
Pastor Sooah is also regarded as an outstanding musician, and served on the nationwide touring band “The Annointing” in Korea in 2009-10. She has been active in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference’s praise band, led by Eric Drew, the conference’s director of Next Generation Ministries. Pastor Sooah’s husband, YoungKwang Jun, is a gifted worship leader and musician, and is currently Director of Music Ministry at Denville Community Church.
Rev. Dr. Anna Thomas, who has served Centenary UMC loyally and with great passion for the past nine years, was recently appointed pastor at Beverly UMC in Beverly, N.J.