James was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent most of his childhood in Seoul, South Korea. During high school, he heard a message on the Father’s love, how His love was ultimately displayed on the cross through His only begotten Son, Jesus. In response, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Since that day, his life has never been the same.
He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He received his M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016. He currently serves as the Youth Pastor of Shining Star Community Church.
James loves to spend time with his wife, Joanne, and his son, Timothy. He enjoys traveling, watching sports, and learning new things in life.
Danny was born and raised in Northern Virginia. When he was 19 years old, he experienced God for the first time during a 40-day conference called Global Leadership Development Institute(GLDI) and decided to follow Jesus Christ.
He graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Religion. He also received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently working on his Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Danny enjoys reading Science Fiction/Fantasy and playing basketball with his friends at the local gym during his free time.
Joseph was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Virginia at a young age. He has been attending Shining Star since he was in middle school. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior while he was at a youth retreat.
He graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Christian Counseling. He is continuing his studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to become a pastor. Joseph is a Pastoral Resident in the English Ministry with an emphasis in the Youth Ministry and the Praise Team.
As a married man, Joseph loves to spend time with his wife, Joanna. They enjoy trying out new and original restaurants and cafes. He also loves to watch and play sports. He and his wife are proud fans of all the Chicago sports teams.
Esther was born and raised in Northern Virginia and came to know the Lord personally when she was thirteen years old. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and was an Art Teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. She then went on to serve as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) before completing her Masters in Educational Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
She is currently serving as the Education Pastor at SSCC and pursuing a Ph.D in Education Leadership at George Mason University.
Esther and her husband Eric love to try out new restaurants and enjoy exploring hiking trails when they can.
Jeanie was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She went to Korea at age 22 for a different experience and taught English to kindergarteners for 7 years and found her wonderful husband there. She had met Jesus at a youth group retreat but was able to deepen her relationship with Him while in Korea, going on short term missions.
She graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Communications. She then graduated from Yaeil Theological Seminary with a M.Div in Korea while serving as the aged 3-5 Children's Pastor at Yaeil Church. She is currently the Little Lights Ministry Pastor (ages 3-5 yrs).
Her favorite food is sushi and salad. She enjoys doing yoga and sleeping when she can, since her 2 young boys keep her so busy!