Meet Metro's Leadership Team

 

Introducing our Leadership Team, or "LT's" as we call them here at Metro! Our LT's are responsible for building, maintaining, and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of the church.

 

Peter Ahn - Senior Pastor

Pastor Peter—or “PP” as his fellow Metro staff members call him—still finds it difficult to believe that the Metro Community Church of today all began with just a humble vision God planted in his heart back when he was a seminary student at Fuller Theological Seminary. Since completing his M. Div., Pastor Peter has relocated to Leonia, NJ where he now resides with his amazing wife, Jenny, and their three beautiful children, Christina, Kayla and Christian.  He is a major proponent of the belief that spiritual health and physical health are closely linked and, thus, lives out this conviction by incorporating nutritious diet and consistent exercise into his daily schedule. Pastor Peter finds it difficult to name just one thing he loves about Metro, but his absolute favorite part of Metro would have to be the church community that is not afraid to “keep things real.”


Scott Whitehurst

Raised in Washington DC, Scott came to NYC to attend college and has lived in the area for 35 years. He holds a BA from Columbia College (way back when it was still all-male), and an MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers. Scott has been a professional actor for 25 years and an acting coach for 15 years. His clients work regularly on Broadway, Regional Theatre, and Television (including “The Haves and The Have Nots” on OWN). A proud unionist, Scott is a member of AEA for stage, SAG-AFTRA for film & TV, and ACT-UAW for adjunct faculty. He has taught at Essex County College, Ramapo College, and is currently a lecturer at The New School for Drama. In 2000, he and Angela Robinson (his immensely talented wife of 18 years) co-founded The WhiteRobin Group, a consulting and training company. WRG’s dual mission is: (1) to train and support young aspiring artists, and (2) to encourage and re-inspire professional artists, guiding both to discover their spiritual purpose in the Arts. At Metro, Scott works with the Arts in Ministry Drama and Prayer Team ministries. An Englewood resident, he is convinced that Metro, with its vision statement of Transformation and its multicultural outlook, is uniquely placed to have a profound and lasting spiritual impact upon Englewood, upon New Jersey,  and upon the Nation.


James Lee

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James was born in Seoul and grew up in Brooklyn playing stickball and hanging out on the boardwalk.  He now resides in Bergen County with Susan and two children, Lauren and JJ Ryan.  James has served to create intimate, authentic relationships in Underground small groups and continues to raise awareness of sonship and grow leaders with our Metro Men’s Ministry. And he has been a proud Partner since 2014. Professionally he has extensive marketing experience working for leading global brands in IT and telecom.  James graduated with a M.B.A. from Fordham and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Also he is a Certified Professional Coach working with clients to create and experience the life of their choosing. Things that he really enjoys include Daily Office with God; weekday lunches with Susan; road trips with the family; dressing up once a year for Dad’s Night elementary school fundraiser; coaching JJ’s sport teams; watching Lauren’s school plays; and running to stay healthy.


Dennis Yap

Dennis was born in Malaysia and moved to suburban New Jersey when he was six. Growing up, Dennis carried a deep sense for community service and was very active in Boy Scouts. He was a student of industrial/organizational psychology, training development, and transformational leadership at Pennsylvania State University and University of Illinois. Furthermore, Dennis has professional experiences that ranged from counseling vulnerable adolescents to instructing collegiate courses on professional development. He is presently working in a boutique marketing agency. Dennis is a member of Metro Community Church since the summer of 2009 and a partner for several years. He served in leadership capacity in multiple ministries, including MetroKids, Women's Flag Football, Underground Groups, and a young adult retreat. In addition, Dennis served as a volunteer for Metro's short term missions trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is part of the prayer team today. He is passionate about apologetics, art ministries, and care for the marginalized. Dennis is an art lover, game enthusiast, and avid collector. You may find him with his darling wife, Sue-Lynn, as they try new culinary delights and local cuisines.


Rachel Richins

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Rachel is a California Girl at heart. She grew up in San Francisco and went to college at UCLA, where she met her husband, Jesse. They moved to the east coast so Rachel could attend nursing school at Columbia and they’ve been here ever since. Rachel now works as a nurse practitioner at Columbia Medical Center taking care of people with epilepsy. She loves that as a nurse practitioner she gets to spend time getting to know her patients and their families and help them manage their heath. Rachel has grown up in the church and from an early age loved serving the littlest members of God’s Kingdom. As a teen she volunteered with children’s ministries and especially loved working as a camp counselor during the summers. At Metro she has continued to work with the kids’ ministries in MetroKids and the nursery ministry. She and Jesse have attended Metro since they moved from NYC to New Jersey in 2010 and she has been a partner for several years. She spends her free time playing with playdough and doing crafts with her daughters, Mara and Micaela, and is excited to see them grow up learning to love Jesus and be part of the Metro community.