January 22, 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
After prayerful discernment and proper consultations in accordance with The United Methodist Book of Discipline
, I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Taesung Kang as District Superintendent of the New Hampshire District, effective July 1, 2017.
Rev. Kang follows Interim Superintendent Rev. Dr. Gwen Purushotham, who stepped out of retirement to join the Cabinet July 1, 2016.
In addition to the qualifications I seek in all Cabinet members, Rev. Kang possesses these qualities the NH District was particularly seeking: he is committed to living a life reflective of deep Christian faith, has a vision for the future, and understands the importance of relationships and how to develop and nurture those relationships, particularly with pastors.
Rev. Kang currently serves as pastor of Charlton City (MA) United Methodist Church, where he was appointed in 2012. He was ordained an elder in the South Annual Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1999, transferred as a full member to the North Carolina Annual Conference in 2004, and has been a member of the New England Conference since 2008. Prior to his current appointment, Rev. Kang was the founding pastor of two churches – one in South Korea and one in North Carolina, and served churches in Maine and New York.
During his ministry, Rev. Kang has focused a great deal of energy on leadership development, faith formation, and children/youth. One of his churches built a community outreach center, and his current congregation launched a summer Christian music festival drawing 400 people annually. Rev. Kang’s passion for ministry with children and youth and small groups will help steer the Cabinet in these directions.
Rev. Kang has a BTh from Methodist Theological University (Seoul, Korea) and MTh from The Graduate School of Theology, Mokwon University. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2001 with an MDiv and Husson University (Maine) in 2008 with an MS in Business.
He serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Congregational Development Team and is also chair of the Korean Caucus and Vice Chair of the Asian Commission.
Rev. Kang’s wife, Mina, is a project manager for Verizon. They have three children: Andrew, Kat, and Julie. He enjoys hiking, traveling, swimming and watching movies.
I want to express my deep gratitude to Dr. Purushotham for her willingness to come back from retirement and her outstanding leadership in the New Hampshire District. All of us on the Cabinet are blessed by the gifts of her experience and wisdom.
Please join me in prayer for the Kangs, the Purushothams, the New Hampshire District, and Charlton City UMC in this time of transition.
In Christ’s Love,
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar