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Tommy Allen_D7A8867-Edit_web2

Pastor

I spent the first 17 years of my life in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and, during those years, almost never attended a church and had no clue with regard to Christianity. That all changed, however, in my senior year of high school. Some friends invited me to a camp and, there, I heard “the gospel” and embraced it.

What to do next was already decided. Just prior to becoming a Christian, I had enlisted in the Army with the hope of becoming an Airborne Ranger. In the summer of 1984, I entered the basic training and, ultimately, succeeded in my dream. After spending nearly four years with the 1st Bn. (Ranger) 75th Infantry, I was honorably discharged and began to pursue another dream—college.

I attended Florida State University and majored in English Literature. Also at FSU, I met my wife, Judy. We married in our senior year and, upon graduation, left for seminary in Orlando, Florida. Three years and two daughters later, I graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary.

In 1997, Judy and I moved to Seattle in order to plant a church in Capitol Hill. Five years and another daughter later, the church was established and I took a break from full-time ministry. I spent three years as a neuroscience sales representative for Eli Lilly and Company. During this time, our family joined the membership of New Hope (formerly First EPC) here in Kent.

Somehow, in those next few years, I went from being a lay-person who occasionally taught Sunday School classes to being the Senior Pastor! If you want “all the gory details,” sign up for the next Discovery Class and, I promise, you’ll hear them all.

 Jason Yum_D7A8815-Edit_web

Assistant Pastor, Community Development

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, as the son of immigrant parents, I spent the first 23 years of my life in Philly, including my undergrad years studying bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Though I had attended church ever since childhood, it was during these college years that God began to reveal more fully to me what it meant to "take up my cross and follow him" in total trust and obedience.

My college church was pivotal in my formation as a Christian, and it was during my time there
that I began to feel a tug towards full-time ministry. I graduated in 2005 and after a brief stint of working for my dad at his multiple small businesses, I moved to Atlanta, GA, in 2007 to pursue a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. While in seminary and serving at a church plant, I met my wife, Sharon.

We married in the summer of 2010 and just three days after the wedding, we hopped in our car and moved across the country to Berkeley, CA, so that Sharon could start her English Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley. We spent the next 6 years in the Bay Area, where I first worked as an SAT Math tutor (putting that engineering degree to work finally), then for 2 years as an analyst for a consulting firm, and then the final 3 years as an Assistant Pastor for Christ Church East Bay. During this time, God re-affirmed my calling towards full-time ministry and developed my vocational vision to be a personal pastor to as many people as possible. My passion is helping “strangers become members” by inviting and welcoming people into the life and community of the church. In 2016, Sharon and I hopped in our car again and moved to Kent, WA, where I accepted the call from New Hope to serve as its Assistant Pastor of Community Development. I’m looking forward to helping build and expand upon the wonderful community of people whom God has gathered and will gather here.