Issue 1 | December 2014
Swarthmore United Methodist Church Our Mission: To Love God and Neighbor
Worship Service 10 am Choir Rehearsal 9am Children's Sunday School 10:15 am Faith and Life Adult Sunday School 11:15 am
Our Staff
Sukja Bang, Pastor
Thank you for visiting our website! I am excited to have this opportunity to invite you to worship with us and join us in the ministries and missions God has entrusted to us. When you come visit us, you will find why I am excited about our congregation. We as a church live out our motto, “Open hearts, open minds, open doors,” by welcoming everyone from all walks of life and sharing God’s love with one another and with our neighbors. After serving Calvary United Methodist Church in Ambler for 10 years, I arrived here at Swarthmore on June 21st , 2013.  As a newcomer to our church, I can testify to how welcoming this congregation was.
I was born and grew up in South Korea. After earning my Bachelor of Theology degree there at the Methodist Theological School, I came to America about 21 years ago in order to enroll in Seminary at the Drew Theological School. I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Drew and am currently working on my dissertation toward completion of my Doctor of Ministry degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. I started this program to serve those in my care more effectively. My mother lives with my brother and his family in Korea and I visit them as often as I can. Thanks to today’s marvelous technology, I feel I am not that far away from them. When I have free time, I love reading, traveling, cooking, decorating, listening to music, and watching movies.
My vision for Swarthmore Church is to be a church that continues to welcome all people regardless of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, invites people to the love of Christ and works together in unity for the Kingdom of God.
Yun Joung Park, Director of Music Ministries
We welcome Yun Joung Park, our new Director of Music Ministries, on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Yun and her husband, Yool Lee, who is employed as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neuroscience, both grew up in South Korea. Yun received her Bachelor of Arts in piano in Korea and then continued to study piano in Germany, where she completed her Artist Diploma at Kӧln Musikhochschule (Standort Aachen) After returning to Korea, while working as a pianist and teacher, she earned her Master of Music in musicology, with a concentration in western music history, at Seoul National University. She recently earned her Graduate Performance Degree in piano at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Yun has served several churches in Korea, Germany, and the United States as a choir pianist, most recently at Cheltenham Presbyterian Church and at Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church in Havertown. She has extensive experience in performance as well as in teaching and research, particularly while a faculty member in piano at Kyungpook National University and as a research assistant at Seoul National University. Yun has performed in seven solo piano recitals and numerous chamber music concerts here in the United States and in Korea and Europe. Yun and Yool recently moved to Swarthmore with their two preschool-age daughters, Jeannie, who is two, and Bonnie, who recently celebrated her fifth birthday.
        Please visit the Music page of our website for more program nformation.
Peggy Mattox, 
Office Administrator
Peggy started in 2016 and is supporting our congregation, pastor, and committees using her career professional office skills. Peggy and her husband, John, have one daughter, Sarah, who currently lives in Union Bridge, MD. Peggy serves her local UMC as Chair of the Church Council and President of J.O.Y. Circle. She also plays 1st chair clarinet in the Chichester Alumni and Comnunity band, and sings in her church choir.
Deborah Pedante, 
cradle and toddler care
Debbie knew she wanted to work with young ones since she was in middle school and worked in her church's camps and nursery. She later earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and works at Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery in Swar thmore. She has been caring for our infants and toddlers since 2008.