Joey and Heea Chang
Pastor Joey and his wife, Heea, have been serving at Kake Memorial Presbyterian Church on the remote island of Kake, Alaska since 2011. They have two daughters, named Maria & Lydia, who are now in 4th and 5th grade at Kake Elementary School. For the last 7 years, Joey had been working full time as a maintenance mechanic at the local school as well as simultaneously serving as pastor of the church. Now, he senses God’s calling to become a full-time missionary pastor to the community of 450 people.
Kake is a unique place with the majority of the population being Native Americans who have lived there for hundreds of years. Their community faces many challenges including alcohol and drug abuse and domestic violence. Joey and Heea are especially burdened by the passing of people who died not knowing Jesus, and it has motivated them to reach out to the community with the Gospel as missionaries through The Antioch Partners.
Joey started a soup kitchen “Peace of Kake” which has served lunch to the whole community every Friday for the past 7 years with a delicious meal, devotions and fellowship. Heea helps with “Good News Club” and “Youth Café,” outreaches to younger children and teenagers, respectively. They are now hoping and praying to train the young adults to become future pastors and missionaries for their own community.
Joey and Heea both grew up in Korea, but met each other at King College in Bristol Tennessee. Then they got married 1999 and went to Moody Aviation School to become Missionary Pilots. In 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, they went on to both complete Master of Divinity degrees at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In time, as their call to be missionaries remained strong, God brought them to Alaska to find lost souls.
To donate by check to the chang’s Support:
Make checks payable to The Antioch Partners, write “Chang Support” on memo line and mail to:
7132 Portland Ave., Suite 136
Richfield, MN, 55423