J.D. was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. when he was seven. Growing up in a military family, he has lived all across the country. J.D. felt a call to ministry at a young age and was very involved in all aspects of church life. He continued this passion in college where he served as a worship leader for his college fellowship and first met his wife Sara. After college, Sara and J.D. married and moved to Boston, MA where J.D. pursued studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. J.D. discovered the Covenant through Highock Church and was part of two church plants in the Boston area. J.D. was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in the summer of 2016 and served as a chaplain at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA before answering the call to become Pastor of Worship Ministries at Pine Lake Covenant Church in 2017.
J.D. and Sara celebrate ten years of marriage in 2017 and are new parents to their daughter Elyse.