Asian American Baptists Meet With Government Officials at the White House

Paul Kim, the Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, attended the installation ceremony of the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper. Submitted photo

A Southern Baptist pastor participated earlier this summer in what some have called the first-ever meeting of Asian American pastors at the White House.

It came during the same week Paul Kim, the Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, attended the installation ceremony of the new U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.

Pastor Chien Thang Uc, who serves as the pastor of international ministry at First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Fla., joined the Asian Pacific American Pastors as they met with representatives from multiple federal government departments at the White House. It is believed, Uc noted, to be the first time an organized group of Asian American pastors had official meetings at the White House together.

Education, immigration and religious freedom, among other topics were discussed with departmental representatives during the meeting, Uc said. The representatives shared with the participating pastors what they had been working on related to the subjects and got feedback from the pastors on what they should do going forward.

“They were very open to talk about what they were doing and what they need to do,” Uc said. “They asked our opinions. They wanted us to know they were listening to our group of Asian Pacific American pastors. They were willing to listen and let our opinions impact their policy.”

Uc also serves as the president of the Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America. See related story.

The group of pastors visiting the White House, Uc noted, had expected to meet President Donald Trump during their June 24 meeting, but he wasn’t able to attend because of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony that day.

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Source: Baptist Press