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Current Board of the Presbyterian Intercultural Network

Sung Hee Chang

Ervina Desaussure

Samy Estafanos

Jennifer Warren Hauser - Secretary

Noe Juarez

Philomena Ofori-Nipaah - Co-Moderator

Danielle Palomino

Nibs Stroupe –  Treasurer

Laurel Underwood  –  Co-Moderator

Board members by class 

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PIN Board Members

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Dr. Sung Hee Chang serves the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary as Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and Director of Supervised Ministry & Vocational Planning, Charlotte campus. Previously, she had served as an educator in several churches in Virginia and North Carolina. Her areas of special interest include curriculum theory with a particular attention to contextual education, and postcolonial studies, intercultural theological education, ecumenical formation, interreligious education, and Asian theological education. She currently serves on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Special Committee Christian Education for 21st century.   Email Sung Hee

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Ervina Desaussure is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and is currently in her third and final year at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she is studying to receive her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. Along with PIN, she is on the Board of Directors  for the Presbyterian Woman.            Email Ervina

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Rev. Dr. Samy Estafanos is a 52-year-old Middle eastern male. In 1994, Samy graduated from medical school with a MBBCH degree, practicing medicine as a full-time physician for 11 years. In 2005, he graduated from the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC) with a M.Div. degree and was appointed as teacher assistant of Christian Education in the same seminary. After graduating in May 2008 from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in NJ with a Th.M. degree, Samy was ordained and endorsed  for the teaching ministry there at PTS by the Presbyterian Church in Egypt. In 2015, he received a PhD in practical theology from Princeton and continued his teaching ministry in the ETSC until 2018. Having studied many 

 years in English both in medicine and theology in Egypt and USA, Samy accepted in June 2018 a call to pastor the Evangelical Presbyterian Arabic Church in Nashville, TN and became a member of the Middle Tennessee Presbytery. Samy has published many academic articles both in Arabic and English. His PhD dissertation, “Teaching for Christian Wisdom: Towards a Holistic Approach to Education and Formation in the Presbyterian Church in Egypt” was published by Wipf & Stock in the USA and is under publishing in Arabic in Egypt. Samy is married with Yvonne who teaches Arabic as a second language. They have two children; Nada, first year collage and Nayer, first year high school.  Email Samy

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Rev. Jennifer Warren Hauser currently serves as Temporary Pastor for First United Presbyterian Church of Granite City, Illinois, in the Metro-East area of St. Louis. Her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies has been a lens through which she examines why we do what we do together in worship and life together, and how we might better reflect and enact our faith in our liturgy and living.  Before she was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, she interned with an historically Japanese-American congregation, served as a Confirmation Coordinator, and interned/served as pulpit supply for an historically Filipino-American congregagation, with a focus on understanding intercultural and intergenerational dynamics and worship. Jennifer is currently part of the Presbytery of Goddings-Lovejoy's

Dismantling Racism and Privilege (DRAP) Committee.  Between serving FUPC Granite City, participating when possible at her spouse’s congregation, Southminster Presbyterian Church of Crestwood, MO, and co-raising their two-year-old son, Jennifer keeps busy!   Email Jennifer

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Rev. Dr. Noe Juarez has a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from San Marcos National University, Lima, Peru, a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond and a Doctor of Ministry, from Columbia Theological Seminary, GA, 2017. In August 2014 Noe was called to be the associate pastor for mission and family ministries at Highland Presbyterian church in Lancaster PA where he currently serves, after serving as an ordained minister at the multicultural Sunset Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale FL. Since 2017, he is also Adjunct professor for Church and Social Change at Lancaster Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Noe was director of Latino Ministries in Greensboro, NC, where he was involved with the NC Latino Coalition, served on the board of the Greeensboro

Hispanic Center, Greensboro Community Foundation Grant’s committee and Guilford County schools. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and AETH the Hispanic Theological Association. Noe loves reading biblical and classical literature, theology and poetry.  He also plays guitar, charango, quena and zampona. He enjoys spending time with his wife Laurie, his 12 year old son Paul Santiago and 10 year old daughter Ella Gloria, and loves playing soccer and travel.  Email Noe

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Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah is a graduate of University of Dubuque Theological seminary.  She is currently serving as a Temporary Pastor at a small rural congregation in Fairgrove, Michigan.  She previously served as chaplain and spiritual director at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC, while serving as Stated Supply Pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.  For her each place she is called to serve is a mission field.   On her Sabbath day, she takes walks in the woods, meditating and singing.  She also likes to read and play tennis.  She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in the area of Christian Reformed Spiritual with Sustaining Prayer life as the focus.  Email Philomena

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Danielle Palomino was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in Puyallup, Washington. She was brought up in the Church of Indian Fellowship as a child, has worked with youth ministries within my church and community for over eleven years, served as a Deacon or Elder since 2008, and is currently in her second term of Elder. She recently served on the planning committee for NAPW- Native American Presbyterian Women’s conference - and will be Co-Moderator for the next NAPW in 2021. Held in Suquamish, Washington in 2020, it was the largest gathering of native people within the Presbytery. She works in education and taught math and reading as a 

coach/interventionist for grades K-5 at Muckleshoot Tribal School until her new work with special education students at another tribal school, always doing her best to work within tribal entities to assist in bringing together awareness of ministries and education. She is currently working on a dual program for undergrad degrees in both education and ministries. Very traditional in her native ways, she is also emerging into leadership roles within the PC(USA) to help widen the paths for more Native people to be involved.

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Rev. Nibs Stroupe serves as the Treasurer for the board. In 2017 Rev Stroupe retired as co-pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur GA. He is author of four books, with "Deeper Waters: Sermons for a New Vision" being published in 2017.   Follow his weekly blog and check out his website. A center of his ministry is to celebrate the fact that the dividing walls of hostility have been broken down in Jesus Christ, and that when we look through the hole in the walls, we see not the enemies whom we have been taught to fear but rather the sisters and brothers for whom our hearts are longing.  Email Nibs

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Rev. Laurel Underwood grew up with a love a diversity, thanks to her family's multi-generational missionary service in Korea. She has been in ministry serving a wide variety of churches for nearly 20 years as a solo pastor, co-pastor, interim or stated supply pastor.  She is a gifted pianist and singer who has extensive experience as a professional accompanist and choral director. She strives to always be open to transformation into a new creation, and to encourage the churches and people to perceive change as an opportunity to embrace God’s new thing (Isa 43:19). She is excited by unfolding possibilities inherent in new eras in congregational life, alternate worship experiences, multicultural fellowship, and creative outreach to the unchurched. 


Her specialties are Multicultural ministry, New Worshipping Communities, Post-modern Christianity, and Worship.  Email Laurel