Rev. Sungkyoon (Joseph) Park
Pastor Joseph serves as Lead Pastor at Parkview UMC. He is a Master of Divinity student at United Theological Seminary, who will graduate in May 2022. His wife, Jinhee, is attending Dayton Barber College and their son, Daniel, graduated from Centerville High School in 2021 and just finished a boot camp at West Point. Pastor Joseph and Jinhee are from South Korea and bring a wonderful perspective of the US and South Korean relationship to Parkview Church. Pastor Joseph was a South Korean journalist for 21 years, including serving in the Washington DC area for 15 years, before joining a Christian organization to serve Hispanic children in New Jersey. He had a calling into the ministry in 2018 and moved to Ohio. Pastor Joseph has been thankful to American Christians, especially Methodists. His great-grandmas on both father’s and mother’s sides met Methodist missionaries and became the first Christians in their family history. His family feel blessed and honored to serve Parkview UMC as well as our country.
Karen Burkhardt is the Administrative Assistant at Parkview UMC. She spent 24 years at NCR as a Systems Analyst before going back to college to study social work. She graduated from Capital University in 2005 and then worked as a social worker for the Area Agency on Aging, Hospice of Dayto, Avalon by Otterbein and Greene County Council on Aging. She has been married to her husband Phil for 41 years and they have one daughter, Angela, son-in-law, Daniel and three precious granddaughters. Karen enjoys frequent visits to Evanston, Ill to spoil her granddaughters. She also has an associate degree in interior design and loves using her artistic skills at the church. Karen has been a member of Parkview UMC since 1980 and has felt the lifelong tug to serve God in her life from her days of confirmation until the current day
Janitor and Handyman
Melora Newsome is in her fourth year as the Children’s Director at Parkview. She also volunteered with the children’s ministry program for several years prior to being officially hired. She was born and raised in Miamisburg. In March of 2008 she got married to her husband and two years later welcomed a beautiful baby girl named McKenna to their family. Three years after McKenna was born they had Micah, who is a true gift from God. She homeschools her little ones while teach education courses part time at Sinclair Community College. She loves teaching students how to work with children at all ages. She graduated from Wright State University with a BS in Education and went on to get a master’s degree in K-12 education and and later earned a second master’s degree in Special Education. She loves children of all ages and teaching them the word of God.
Joe Childress started working for Parkview during the holidays, of 2020. He has a beautiful family who attend church with Mr. Joe most Sunday mornings. He is a military veteran who served our country for many years, and he even helps with cub scouts who meet at the church.