Reverend Meewon Yang
Multicultural Consultant, Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV)
Multicultural Taskforce – Australian Baptist Ministries, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce (ACRT)
Meewon migrated from Korea to Australia in 1989, was ordained as a Baptist Pastor in 1997 with the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV), and soon after began working with the BUV as a Multicultural Consultant. There now are over 100 BUV churches that use Languages Other Than English-speaking (LOTE).
Meewon is a graduate of Whitley College, the University of Divinity. Her journey in ministry began as the pastor of a Korean Baptist Church, followed by many years in a Pastoral Team of the culturally diverse Brunswick Baptist Church.
The Gospel principles of hospitality and inclusion are at the heart of Meewon’s motivation in ministry. This has led her into confronting some of the complexities and racism in intercultural relations and has brought into focus the importance of enabling people from LOTE backgrounds to find their voice in churches. This ministry journey led to a research project ‘Ways of Being a Multicultural Church’ as a Master of Theology.
At the BUV, her work is focussed on building health, governance, and sustainability into LOTE congregations and partnership. Meewon is also an adjunct lecturer at Whitley College.
Meewon is married to John Gilmore.