John Park [Senior Pastor]
John (or “J.P.” as everyone calls him) has been the senior pastor at Ambassador since 2005. He grew up in southern California and pastored there for over 8 years before going “coast-to-coast.” He is a graduate of U.C. San Diego (B.A.) and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div and Th.M). He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Talbot.
John has been married to his beautiful and godly wife, Sandy, since 1995, and they have two wonderful children, Nathan and Emily. He loves spending time with his family, exploring new places on the East Coast, and playing sports. When he’s not doing that, you’ll find him keeping up with his favorite sports teams, the Los Angeles Angels, the USC Trojans (football), and the Duke Blue Devils (basketball).
John loves the people of Ambassador and finds it a privilege and a joy to serve them and be a part of what God is doing in and through the church. His passion is to see the church live out its biblical calling to be a God-exalting, people-loving, Christ-proclaiming, Spirit-driven, prayer-filled, and Word-saturated community of believers who are passionate about and committed to God’s redemptive plan to bless all the peoples of the world to the end that God would be glorified. Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Culbertson [Youth/College Pastor]
Justin is excited to be one of the pastors at Ambassador Bible Church, having joined the church in January 2016. He grew up in New England, usually somewhere between Boston and Providence. He graduated from Liberty University (B.S. Social Sciences) in 2011, completed his seminary program from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Religious Education) in 2014, and was ordained at his former church in Maryland in July 2015.
While at Liberty, Justin met a pretty girl from Maryland named Amanda, and knew pretty quickly this godly girl was the one for him. Amanda and Justin were married in 2011, and find incredible joy in parenting their boys, Jack and Chip. The family enjoys Netflix binges, lots of play time with the boys, visiting family, and getting involved in gospel-centered community within the church. Justin loves to play golf, read books, and drink coffee. Also, he may or may not get a little crazy about his hometown Boston teams (Go Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics!)
Justin has a passion for seeing students engage God in worship. His hope is that students will be intentional in their spiritual growth while building healthy, gospel-centered relationships with their peers and their parents. Contact Justin at email@example.com.
Lucy Figueroa [Children's Ministry Director]
Lucy has been part of the Ambassador family since 2010 and honored to serve the Lord as the children’s ministry (Graceland) director since November 2015. She thanks God everyday for giving her the dream job that He dreamed for her. She gets to serve families and children for an eternal purpose using all her spiritual gifts and educational training to bless the church she loves. Her prayer is that all the children of Ambassador will one day call God their “Abba Father” and live out their faith boldly for His glory.
Lucy was born in Lima, Peru and northern VA has been her home since 1990 after moving to the US with her parents to find a better future. She’s currently living in Fairfax, VA with her two caring roommates. Lucy enjoys spending one-on-one time with people at coffee shops or just doing life together. On her alone time, she enjoys reading, art (painting and drawing), crafts, running, and hiking.
Lucy’s walk with God began right before college, and much of her spiritual formation developed at the University of Virginia with the help of her college fellowship. From very young she had a heart for children and families but never thought she would be in full-time ministry as she is today. She received a B.A. in Psychology (‘05) with the plans to become a child psychologist/counselor. After college she was led to the field of education and taught middle school math and preschool education for several years. Her heart for children and equipping adults that care for them led her to pursuing a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University (‘11). After grad school, new doors opened up for her in serving God’s people at Ambassador. Contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz Kim [Office Assistant]
Liz joined our staff as our church office assistant, because of her desire to serve God through ministry. Liz grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Studies. After college, Liz enjoyed working with Autistic children in a Therapeutic setting. Then her passion for other cultures took her to Seoul, South Korea where she taught English to kindergarten and elementary school students for two years. After returning to the States, Liz met her husband Joon and they were married in 2013. Liz loves cooking different types of cuisine, watching Korean dramas, and traveling with Joon. Contact Liz at email@example.com.
Ken Ahn [Chairman]
Ken was born and raised in Northern VA, having only lived outside VA during his time at Cornell University in upstate NY. He met his wife Judy here at Ambassador and they married just before Y2K. They are raising two wonderful children, Andrew and Lindsey, in South Riding, VA and are learning to be responsible dog owners of their rescue Reggie.
Having taught in elementary school for several years, Judy currently teaches ESOL in Fairfax County. Ken works as an ERP consultant currently supporting a local government agency. In his spare time, Ken can be found on various fields and courts coaching his children’s sports teams and is an avid Cowboys, Wizards, Capitals, and Nationals fan. Go figure!
Ken is humbled to serve the church as an elder. He also leads a men's small group and oversees the small group ministry. With a passion for seeing God work through teams, he is excited to see the Lord continue to grow the Body of Christ at Ambassador according to 1 Cor 12:12-31.
Steve grew up in beautiful Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Biology. He moved to the Washington DC area in 1997 for medical school and has been a member of Ambassador Bible church ever since. In addition to serving as an elder, he also chairs the missions committee and is part of the worship team as well.
Steve is married to his best friend, Yoonie Min, and God has blessed them with three amazing children – Natalie (10), Caroline (8), and Elliot (5). Together, Steve and Yoonie have a passion for missions and biblical justice. Their desire is to live a life that reflects God’s heart for the spiritually lost, and the physically poor and marginalized, both in their local community and throughout the world.
In addition to spending time with his wife and kids, Steve enjoys cooking/grilling, traveling, and doing anything outdoors. But he especially loves just hanging out and connecting with fellow brothers and sisters.
Justin grew up in small towns of Pennsylvania. When he was 14, his dad left their family, so hist mom, two younger brothers, and older sister moved to his mom's home town to be close to her family. His grandparents were farmers, and he has a huge extended family who live in and around this small town (Elverson, PA). It was here that he first clearly understood the Gospel from the preaching of his uncle Steve Estes, and forgiveness from his friend Jeb Bland.
After high school, Justin became a carpenter for two years before attending college at Penn State. After his Junior year he took an internship in Richmond, VA and it is there, at a Chinese Baptist Church, that Justin met the love of his life, his wife Lauren. They dated for three years and married in 2010, and now have two boys, Ezra and Lincoln, and live in Arlington, VA.
Lauren and Justin are part of a small group that meets in Arlington, VA and Justin works as an engineer at The Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.
Lawrence grew up in Baltimore, Maryland having emigrated from Hong Kong at an early age. Lawrence is married to his better half, Lucia, since 1993. They are blessed with four boys; Evan, Trevor, and Mitchell and Daniel. The Fans have been attending Ambassador Bible Church since fall of 2003. From 2006-2012, he served as an elder at Ambassador. Further, he has had the opportunity to serve at ABC in leading small groups, community groups and the Men’s Ministry as well as mentoring other men. In serving and building lasting relationships at ABC, Lawrence’s love for and walk in Christ has strengthened.
Lawrence’s accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as a junior in college while attending Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore. As a new believer, his relationship with God grew through the discipleship with a group of brothers in the Navigators. Prior to coming to Ambassador, his family attended the Chinese Church of Maryland in Rockville where he served in various ministries including small group leader, Sunday school teacher, Young Adults Fellowship, and as a Missions deacon.
Dae was born in Seoul, South Korea and he moved with his family to the United States at the age of 6. His family put down roots in Northern Virginia and he lived in Alexandria, VA most of his childhood until graduating from high school at T.C. Williams. He became a believer in February, 1998 at the age of 29 and began attending Ambassador Bible Church. Dae began back-sliding due to the fact that he was only attending church services on Sundays and not connected to the Body of Christ. He was eventually invited to a men's small group where his life was changed forever for a second time. In the men's small group Dae's faith grew because of the interactions with godly men and the informal mentoring that took place, the study of the Word, and prayer. From the men in his small group and other godly men in the church he was encouraged to live a God glorying life by serving others, serving at church, going on short-term missions, and being a blessing to others by sharing the Gospel.
He met his wife, Sun Choi, at ABC and they were married in January, 2005. God has blessed them with three boys: Nathan (b. June, 2006), Joshua (b. September, 2007) and Matthew (b. August, 2009). Dae enjoys watching his children participate in organized sports and even coaches their flag football teams. He works as a consultant in the Information Technology field specializing in IT Infrastructure Services. In his free time his hobbies are eating, playing pickup basketball, golf, connecting with other dads in his neighborhood, and cheering on all of the home town sports teams.
Dae currently has the privilege and honor to serve as a Men's Small Group leader, Community Group leader and is regularly a member of the Lummi short-term mission team. Previously, he has served in these capacities: elder, on the missions committee, children's ministry, finance, slide presentation, truck driver, church setup, and Czech Republic short-term missions. He also served as a teacher in a youth ministry at Light Global Mission Church