About Sam

sam picI am currently the Adult Pastor at Saddleback Church Newport Mesa in Costa Mesa, CA. I love my church and excited to see God move in the beach cities of Orange County. 

As a PK (Pastor’s kid) and MK (Missionary Kid), I’ve always been around the church and I’ve been blessed to have served in the church for ten years (Mariners Church and Irvine Baptist Church). Nothing gives me greater joy than to see people live out their God given passion and talents. This is what motivates me to pastor and mentor. I can talk for hours about leadership development, church leadership, preaching and Asian American related issues.

I am your typical nerd that loves to study. I have a Masters in Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. Both these degrees has helped me in my journey of becoming a holistic pastor.

I am the biggest fan of the greatest team in the world (according to ESPN), the San Antonio Spurs! The 2014 championship was sweet redemption! My current obsessions include Spikeball, golf, tea and Disneyland. 

Last but not least, the three greatest gifts that God has given me are my wife and my two daughters! My wife, Grace, and I have been married for eight years and we have two beautiful girls, Karis and Zoe Yoon. I love the adventures that we take as a family. Check out our family blog!