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Leadership

Ethnos is led by a team of diverse people from various ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.  While many individuals are involved in serving and leading, the following individuals play key roles within the Ethnos community.


 

Director, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Yucan Chiu. D.Min.  Born in Chicago to parents of Chinese descent, Yucan came to understand and experience Jesus in his teenage years while in California, and began to help create and lead communities in his early 20s. He holds bachelor degrees in Sociology and Biology (University of California, San Diego), and graduate degrees in Theology, Urban Studies, and Missiology (M.Div, Talbot School of Theology, D.Min. Bakke Graduate University).  He has been married for over 16 years with Yen-Yen (an educator in the public schools), and has two daughters that go to public schools in the area.  Yucan also serves as a chaplain at Rutgers University (for graduate students and faculty), a trainer for City to City, and the Director for www.ethnos.network

 

Programming Arts & Youth Director: Rachel Lally. With roots in Jamaica, Panama, New York, and Florida, Rachel has been a part of the New Brunswick and wider Rutgers community for almost twenty years now. Her training and experiences in music and youth have included working with world renowned programs in Sydney, Australia (Hillsong), at Rutgers, and other non-profits in the area. Rachel's warm smile, passion, and leadership make her indispensable. 

 

 

Children's Director: Christina Best.  Christina grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania and holds a degree in English with secondary education certification from Berea College. She loves hiking, running, and almost any outdoor adventure activity. She and Joshua have been married for over four years and just had their first baby this year! They live in New Brunswick, and enjoy working with college students. Christina was drawn to Jesus through her childhood church and a Christian summer camp experience, and she has always enjoyed helping kids learn more about Jesus.

 

Administration & Youth Ministry, Staff Intern: Olivia Ajiake. Olivia hails from Northern California, but has made New Jersey her home now for over four years.  A MSW student at Rutgers, Olivia is known for her insight into issues of race, identity, and Jesus. While in undergrad, she started Intervarsity's Black Campus Ministry at Rutgers New Brunswick.  Her passion for the holistic well being of New Brunswick is clear to all who meet her.

 

Latino & Youth Ministry, Staff Intern: Wanda Quintanilla Duran. Wanda migrated to the United States from Honduras at the age of 11 to be reunited with her parents in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. At age 18, she moved to New Brunswick to attend Rutgers University. There, she received bachelor degrees in Linguistics, Spanish, and Latin American Studies, and also met Jesus. She is known for her compassion and bridge-building abilities, along with her insight and hard work. Her ability to reach deep into the Latino families in our city is transformative.