As you may recall, back in the spring there was some restructuring in the YAV office of World Mission.  It resulted in a greater emphasis being put on young adults, including the increase of the YAV program.  As such, two new positions were created with a need to be filled, and then more recently it became necessary to search for a new Coordinator for the YAV program.

We are pleased to introduce you to two new staff members for the YAV program!

Richard Williams will be serving as the new Coordinator, officially beginning October 1. He is already involved, and was present to help with the Orientation event of this year’s YAV ‘class,’ and will be at the Transition event next week. Richard has previously served  as an international Young Adult Volunteer in the Philippines, as well as a national Young Adult Volunteer at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He received his Master’s of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, served as a pastoral resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and worked as the Director and Campus Minister at the Agape House Campus Ministry at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Since 2009, Richard has served as a PC(USA) mission co-worker with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia in South America through preaching, teaching, providing pastoral care, accompanying the church in their human rights work, and by interpreting the reality of Colombia and the church there to Presbyterians in the United States. [Look for a more personal interview with Richard, which I hope to secure during Transition!].

Today, it has been announced that, as of October 1, Lydia Kim will be serving as the Associate for Administration in the YAV office.  Here’s the official bio from World Mission: Equipping for Mission Involvement (EMI) is happy to welcome a new staff member to World Mission.   On October 1, Lydia Kim will begin serving as the Associate for Young Adult Volunteer Program Administration.  Lydia currently works as the Ministry Specialist for Young Women’s Leadership Development with Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries for the PC(USA), serving young women between the ages of 18 and 35.  Prior to working in RE & WM, Lydia managed college residential life programs.  She is trained in clinical psychology, has organizational and event planning skills, and ample experience in program management.

Please add your prayers of support for Richard and Lydia in this exciting time, and feel free to drop them a line to say ‘hi’ after October 1 – I have no doubt they would appreciate hearing from you!