Bishop Peggy Johnson is pleased to announce the following appointments, effective July 1, 2014:
The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm will become Superintendent of the Southeast District; the Rev. Tracy Bass will become Superintendent of the East District; and the Rev. BumKoo Chung will become Superintendent of the Southwest District. Please be in prayer for them and their families. Their biographical information follows.
The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Southeast District
A lifelong United Methodist, the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm spent her early formative years attending Mountainhome UMC. As a youth, she served as President of Youth Annual Conference for the Eastern PA Conference. At one point after a youth rally, the Rev. Steward Warner asked Dawn to prayerfully consider a career in the ministry. Her response was: “Stew, if God calls, God will get my answering machine.”
In high school, Dawn served on the denomination’s Appalachian Development Taskforce. Preparing for a career as a forensic psychologist, she attended Elmira (NY) College with a double major in criminal justice and psychology. Her college internship at the Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, first revealed to Dawn the need for advocacy and reform within the criminal justice system. A passion for prison ministry and restorative justice has continued to be a focus of her ministry.
In 1994, Dawn was a Mission Intern with the General Board of Global Ministries, serving in San Marcos, Texas. During that time, she felt God calling her into the ordained ministry. After months of fasting, prayer and discernment, she enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Yale Divinity School and completed her coursework in 2001. While at Yale, she served as a Seminary Intern at First and Summerfield UMC in downtown New Haven.
Dawn was actively involved in advocacy on behalf of hotel employees in New Haven. She also directed the Pan-Methodist Conference at Yale, providing a welcome table for Methodist dialogue between the UMC, CME, AME and AME Zion churches.
Dawn completed her clinical pastoral education at Yale University Hospital, where she provided chaplaincy care to heart transplant patients. In 2001, after being commissioned for ministry, she was appointed to White Haven UMC. He was ordained an Elder in 2004 and appointed in 2008 to St. Matthew’s UMC of Valley Forge, where she serves today.
Rev. Taylor-Storm has a passion for the local church and has devoted her life to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Beyond the local church, she was a delegate to General Conference in 2000 and 2012, serves on the United Methodist Northeastern Jurisdiction Vision Table, and is the chairperson of Conference Relations for the EPA Board of Ordained Ministry. She also co-chairs Women in Professional Ministry. In addition, she chaired the Camping Board from 2006 to 2009 and enjoys directing a week of camp each summer.
Rev. Taylor-Storm is married to Daniel Taylor-Storm, who teaches 11th-grade English at Upper Merion High School. They have two children, Lucas and Rebecca. Together, their family enjoys hiking Valley Forge Park, bike riding, and intense games of Qwirkle. (If you haven’t played it, Dawn recommends it).
Rev. Taylor-Storm comes to the Superintendency as a servant leader, ready to partner with laity and clergy striving together to live out Jesus’ call to go into the world and make disciples of all nations.
The Rev. Tracy Bass to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference East District
The Rev. Tracy Bass is a native of the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He moved to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1988 to begin the practice of law. Not long afterward, he and his wife, Tracy Y. Bass, began attending Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia.
After 17 years of practicing law, Tracy felt God’s call to pastoral ministry, and he eventually enrolled at the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, attending day, evening and weekend classes to complete his matriculation in two years. He graduated with honors and received the JQ Jackson Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement.
Rev. Bass has served EPA Conference churches in Philadelphia, Norristown and Downingtown. His current appointment is at Paoli UMC. As a pastor, he helped expand a weekly soup kitchen and create a food pantry, a food and clothing cupboard, and a partnership with the public Welfare to Work Program to provide aid to welfare recipients in economic transition.
Rev. Bass served on the board of the Norristown Hospitality Center, a day shelter for homeless neighbors. He was also board chair of Partners for Families, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to strengthening families. In 2009 he received the Denman Award for Evangelism. He currently serves on the United Methodist Advisory Board at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
A former Conference Secretary, Rev. Bass has served at all levels of the connectional church, including membership on the District Committee on Church Location and Building; the Board of Lay Ministry; the Conference Board of Trustees; the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits; the Conference I CARE Team; the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits; and Black Methodists for Church Renewal’s Northeastern Jurisdiction. He has received special training to serve as an Interim Pastor and as a member of the EPA Conference’s Conflict Intervention Team.
Rev. Bass and his wife are parents to two sons, Braelin, a freshman at Hampton (Va.) University, and Tauren, a sophomore in high school.
The Rev. BumKoo Chung to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Southwest District
The Rev. BumKoo Chung was born in Seoul, South Korea. Because his father was a minister in the Korean Methodist Church (not United Methodist), church life was very important to this pastor’s kid, and it shaped and influenced his life in many ways.
In 1984, his father moved the family to Argentina to do missionary work among Korean immigrants there. At that time, Argentina was an unknown country most Koreans. Rev. Chung attended ISEDET (Instituto Superior Evangelico de Estudios Teologicos), a theological seminary in Argentina. Upon graduating, he came to the U.S to continue his theological studies and received his M.Div. degree from The Drew University Theological School, in Madison, N.J., in 2004.
While studying at Drew University, he met Eun Kyung (Debra); and they married in December 2002. Debra works as a scientist at CD Diagnostics, Inc. They are blessed to have a daughter, Kayla Yeaji.
Rev. Chung has served as a pastor at The Greater Pittsburgh Korean UMC, a mission church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction’s Korean Mission. Even though this church was started as a Korean congregation, it welcomes members from many ethnicities and has become a great multi-ethnic experience in which to serve.
Rev. Chung currently serves as pastor of West Grove UMC. He previously served Cochranville UMC and Cherry Lane UMC in Tannersville, Pa.
Rev. Chung also serves on various conference boards and agencies, including the Board of Ordained Ministry Conference Relations Committee, the Pastoral Care Team, the Southeast District Committee on the District Superintendency, the I CARE Team, and the Congo Partnership. In the past, he also served as a member and chair of EPA Conference Racial-Ethnic Ministry Work Team.
Beyond the conference, he has served as Vice-President of the National Association of Korean American United Methodist Pastors Serving Cross-Racial/Cultural Appointments (July 2011 to April 2013). He now serves as the Executive Director of The Korean Church Council in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.