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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.
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.
Music Director in Development: Jackson Vale. Jackson hails from Brazil, with work experiences in Venezuela and Curaçao. Involved in music since his teenage years, Jackson brings energy, musicality, and fun into the arts at Ethnos. He is married with two young girls.
Church Planting Resident: Rev. Yung Kim. Known for his gentle and caring demeanor, Yung has over 20 years of ministry experience. Having previously pioneered work in Korean American circles, he joins Ethnos in order to live out the multiethnic vision God has given him since the beginning. With childhood experiences in Latin America and New York, a Korean/Argentinian/American wife, and three children growing up in multiethnic Middlesex county, Yung is eager to learn in New Brunswick and plant a new community after the residency program. Yung has degrees from NYU (B.A. Business) and Gordon-Conwell (M.Div.) and enjoys cycling in his free time.
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.
Ethnos currently has four elders who give overall oversight and direction to our community: Curtis Johnson, Dominik Loeffler, Ruth Loeffler, and Yucan Chiu.