Hwapyoung Kang was born and raised in Korea. In 2010, he moved to the US to attend Seminary. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Pacific School of Religion and graduated in May 2015. He became a licensed local pastor and was appointed to Gilroy United Methodist Church since July 1st, 2018. He was ordained as an elder on June 27, 2021 by California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Since July 1st, 2021, he was appointed to both Gilroy United Methodist Church and Hollister United Methodist Church. His hope is to serve the church as the place for healing and growth in spirit and body in God’s love and grace. He and his wife, Mihyun, have been married since 2012.