Rev. Myung Hwa Park
Rev. Myung Hwa Park is the Moderator of The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of New South Wales and the ACT and will serve until April 2017. The Moderator is elected to give general and pastoral leadership to the Synod, assisting and encouraging expression and fulfilment of faith, and the witness of the Church.
Rev. Park was born in Busan in South Korea and was raised in a Buddhist family. Rev. Park is the fifth woman and the second person from an Asian background to be elected Moderator of the Synod.
She studied at the Ewha Women’s university in Seoul before taking on a role to teach hearing impaired children for two years. In 1984 she travelled to Pakistan as a Methodist missionary, where she ran a centre for disabled children.
Prior to becoming Moderator, Rev. Park was a minister of the word at St Columba’s Uniting Church and Canberra City Uniting Church in the ACT and also worked as a chaplain at ANU (Australian National University) and the University of Canberra.
Rev. Park came to Australia to reflect on mission at Pacific Mission Institute then began theological training at United Theological College in 1988. She was ordained as a Uniting Church minister in December 1990.
Rev. Park speaks four languages, Korean, Urdu, Tongan and English.
“I think the issues relevant for being a church in the 21st Century relate to social justice. The experience and learning different ways of expressing our faith and deepening our faith is very important and we have to be more inclusive and more open.”