PASTORS AND ELDERS

The word “presbyterian” comes from the Greek word for “elder”. Hope Chapel is led by a team of pastor(s) who, as elders, oversee and shepherd the church at the pleasure of the congregation. They particularly focus on matters concerning teaching, preaching, and prayer.

 

 

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Dr. sebastian y. kim

Pastor for Preaching and Vision 
sebastiankim@hopechapelmd.com

Sebastian sensed his call to build healthy churches while he was in college. Changing his major from music to theology, he attended a Christian institution, Trinity International University, where he could study the word of God on a professional level.

Sebastian earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Trinity and continued his studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He went on to receive his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Covenant Theological Seminary where he explored the challenges of preaching and hearing in an age of distraction. 

Sebastian is a contributor to The Gospel Coalition, Tabletalk magazine of Ligonier Ministries and other resources. He served over thirteen years as Children's Pastor, Youth Pastor and Lead Pastor in area presbyterian churches before he joined the staff at Hope Chapel in 2011. Sebastian is married to Jade, and they live in Lutherville with their three daughters, Mina, Mindy, and Noa.


  Oong Kang   Oong Kang is a graduate of Seoul National University in Korea from which he obtained medical doctor degree. After immigrating to the United States, he trained in the field of psychiatry and become board certified in 1977.  Eventually, Oong became the chief of Psychiatry at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore from 1972 to 2001, and now he is currently a consultant with U.S. Social Security Administration.   Oong is a member of Valley Presbyterian Church since 1984 and serving as elder emeritus. He is a former Director of the Board of Chesapeake Seminary and member of the Shepherding Committee of Chesapeake Presbytery. Oong is currently married with three children and 9 grandchildren.

Oong Kang

Oong Kang is a graduate of Seoul National University in Korea from which he obtained medical doctor degree. After immigrating to the United States, he trained in the field of psychiatry and become board certified in 1977.  Eventually, Oong became the chief of Psychiatry at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore from 1972 to 2001, and now he is currently a consultant with U.S. Social Security Administration. 

Oong is a member of Valley Presbyterian Church since 1984 and serving as elder emeritus. He is a former Director of the Board of Chesapeake Seminary and member of the Shepherding Committee of Chesapeake Presbytery. Oong is currently married with three children and 9 grandchildren.

  Josiah Katumu   Josiah Katumu was born and raised in a small village in Eastern part of Kenya. Josiah is the son a Presbyterian minister. His family moved to Nairobi when he was twelve. After high school, he graduated with a B.A. from Kenyatta University. Shortly thereafter, he came to the States, where he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Orlando, FL in 2011. While at RTS, he met his lovely wife Quiana, who is also a graduate of RTS.  In 2012 they married. During the next few years he served at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orlando, and as an Assistant Pastor at Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church in Stuart, FL.  Josiah enjoys spending time with his wife, Qui and their 10-month old son, Josiah Jr., reading, being around people, watching his favorite soccer team, Chelsea, drinking good coffee, and, of course a great cup of Kenyan tea.

Josiah Katumu

Josiah Katumu was born and raised in a small village in Eastern part of Kenya. Josiah is the son a Presbyterian minister. His family moved to Nairobi when he was twelve. After high school, he graduated with a B.A. from Kenyatta University. Shortly thereafter, he came to the States, where he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Orlando, FL in 2011. While at RTS, he met his lovely wife Quiana, who is also a graduate of RTS.  In 2012 they married. During the next few years he served at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orlando, and as an Assistant Pastor at Treasure Coast Presbyterian Church in Stuart, FL.

Josiah enjoys spending time with his wife, Qui and their 10-month old son, Josiah Jr., reading, being around people, watching his favorite soccer team, Chelsea, drinking good coffee, and, of course a great cup of Kenyan tea.

  Michael Kersten   Biography coming soon...

Michael Kersten

Biography coming soon...

  Brian LoPiccolo   Brian is a pastor, musician, and conciliator who lives in Westminster, MD with his wife Becky and their six children.  He pastors Deep Run Church, a recent church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on eastern Long Island, and is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div) and The Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam (B.Music).  He is also a Certified Christian Conciliator through the Institute for Christian Conciliation.    Brian has ministered in metro-Maryland since 2002.  Before planting Deep Run Church in 2014 he served Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) for twelve years as an associate pastor and a worship & music director.  As a musician he led music ministries for eighteen years and has written and recorded music.  As a Christian conciliator since 2013 he has coached and mediated various conflicts, and has taught biblical reconciliation with Peacemaker Ministries.  Brian’s calling applies a shepherd’s heart to relationships, preaching, music, and reconciliation. 

Brian LoPiccolo

Brian is a pastor, musician, and conciliator who lives in Westminster, MD with his wife Becky and their six children.  He pastors Deep Run Church, a recent church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on eastern Long Island, and is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div) and The Crane School of Music, S.U.N.Y. at Potsdam (B.Music).  He is also a Certified Christian Conciliator through the Institute for Christian Conciliation.  

Brian has ministered in metro-Maryland since 2002.  Before planting Deep Run Church in 2014 he served Severna Park Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) for twelve years as an associate pastor and a worship & music director.  As a musician he led music ministries for eighteen years and has written and recorded music.  As a Christian conciliator since 2013 he has coached and mediated various conflicts, and has taught biblical reconciliation with Peacemaker Ministries.  Brian’s calling applies a shepherd’s heart to relationships, preaching, music, and reconciliation.