Rev. Sung Chul ParkExecutive Director, Korean Adoptee Ministry Center
Rev. Park received his bachelor’s degree from Yonsei University, a top ranking institution in Korea, in Business Administration. He taught high school for over 8 years, and also partnered at a CPA firm. Then, he moved to the United States in 1974 to pursue a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. After graduating, he worked at Fortune 500 companies as an internal auditor or a computer consultant, and taught finance and accounting at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, and at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota.
Rev. Sung Chul Park and his wife, Yoonju Park, have been heavily involved with the Korean adoptive community through the Korean Institute of Minnesota and Korean culture camps. Since 1976, they have met over 10,000 Korean adoptees during the last twenty-five years. Through this experience, they learned that teaching adoptees about their Korean heritage was insufficient to help address the complex identity issues they face.
He hopes to reach out to Korean adoptees to help them live peaceful, joyful and abundant life. He has been raising funds for scholarships for adult adoptees to have an opportunity to visit Korea. He has also founded a Korean Education and Resource center for the Korean adoptees and also the 2nd, 3rd generation Korean Americans to involve them in Korean culture and language. He hopes that this can be an accessible resource for those interested in their heritage.