Our History

New Creation is an United Methodist Church started in 2011 with a vision to make disciples of Jesus Christ to serve and to impact our local community through combining our heritage, our passion for Christ, our love for others, and our passion to share the Gospel with those of different backgrounds. God has blessed our journey tremendously. We came out of the English Ministry of the Santa Clara Korean United Methodist Church as a small group of individuals and today we have grown to a diverse group of believers who are dedicated to transforming the community. We share the facilities with Campbell UMC. Our Sunday services are a safe place for people to explore faith, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.

At New Creation you can be yourself, make a difference locally and globally, and build real friendships.

​Lead Pastor
Justin Ryu

Justin was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. In 1999 he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he received a master’s degree (MDiv) at Emory University, and served as a Youth and College Pastor at Christ Korean UMC (United Methodist Church). In 2003, he moved to Berkeley, CA, where he received a doctoral degree (PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) at the Graduate Theological Union and served Oakland Korean UMC as an EM pastor. During and after his study, he served three local churches (North Gold Circuit – Downieville, North San Juan, and Sierra City UMC) as a solo pastor and moved to San Jose in 2010 for New Creation Ministry. In June 2015, he had a spiritual turning point (conversion). He started understanding the true meaning of the Cross for our salvation and since that he has devotd himself for evangelism and mission. He is married to his wife Hannah and has three children, Faith, Josephine, and Justin Jr.


P.J. & Hannah

Associate Pastor
Henry HwaPyoung Kang


Henry was born in Daegu, Korea. He attended university in Seoul and lived there until 2010 when he came to America to pursue a master’s degree (M. Div) at San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 2012 he became a United Methodist Church (UMC) member at San Rafael First UMC. There he served as a parish intern and Godly play teacher until 2014. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Pacific School of Religion and graduated in May 2015. Currently he is on the equipping journey to UMC candidacy. Henry came to New Creation UMC to serve in Children Ministry & After-school program (SEED) in 2015. He lives in Sunnyvale with his lovely wife, Anna Mihyun Lee.



Henry & Anna

Youth Ministry Director
David Kim


My name is David Kim and I am a student at The University of California Santa Cruz. During my first year in college, I grew in my faith tremendously, learning how the truth of the gospel brings life. I gained so many friends and communities, learning what the love and grace of God is and how it changes lives for the better. One of these communities was my church in San Jose called New Creation Methodist Church. Through this church, I gained so much experience learning how to lead people to Christ and serve them with this love.



Preschool Ministry Director
Evelyn Kim

Our Staff