Sang and Charmain were at Yale during a time when most students didn't use email, when Rose Walk was a regular thru street, and when Swing Space was a parking lot. Sang graduated from Yale with a double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 1993 and with an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. Charmain graduated from Yale with a double major in Sociology and East Asian Studies in 1995. They married in 1996 and have made New Haven their home since then. They have a son, Jonathan (age 15), and two daughters: Kaylen (age 11), and Navia (age 9). They both joined staff with the ministry in 1998 and have been directing it for the last 17 years. Charmain works part time with YSC and also part time with Bridges of Hope, a collaboration of churches serving together in New Haven.
After graduating from Yale in 2010, Lara was excited to stick around New Haven and Yale, interning for a year and then joining full-time staff in 2011. She studied history in undergrad, loving the stories of humans across time -- resonating with many of the same struggles and joys in the lives of people from different times and places and circumstances. She still enjoys reading (or nap-reading, as it often goes), from children's books about rascal pigeons or elephant and piggie friendships, to missionary biographies. She loved her four years as a part of the Yale Women's Club Soccer family, and hopes for any opportunity to kick the ball around - on the beach, street, or field. Lara loves serving up coffee or tea and baked goodies in her apartment to offer a home away from home for students -- a refuge at a sunlit dining table, surrounded by green plants, under the gentle gaze of many cows.
Carolyn graduated from Yale in 2018 with a degree in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. Originally from Maine, she loves going to the ocean, hiking, and basically spending time in anything that closely resembles nature. During her four years at Yale, Carolyn worked with refugees and also planted trees around New Haven with the Urban Resource Initiative. This coming year, she is excited to serve the students at Yale and to witness what the Lord does on campus. In her free time, Carolyn also enjoys a good book, a hot cup of tea, and riding her bike to new places around the city.
Why is Emily so happy in this photo? Well, she loves hanging out with Yale students and is excited to be a second-year intern with YSC. After growing up in Seattle, she is slowly making her way across the USA -- Chicago in high school, then New Haven to study Film & Media Studies at Yale. As a student, Emily watched, cried, or slept through a lot of movies, and even wrote a thesis on television pilots to explain away all the comedy TV she watched on the side. She also found community and friendship within YSC and in her college (Go Branford!). After an exciting first year as an intern when she acquired a dog and a deeper love for ministry, Emily can't wait to continue to see how film, the arts, deep relationships, and the gospel relate to each other. All that to say, her one big dream in life is to one day own three dogs -- two big dumb ones and one small one that is the boss of the two big ones. (The current dog is none of those things, but is special in her own way -- come visit!)
Grace, a cheery Midwesterner, was proud to graduate in 2018 with the first official class of Grace Hopper College at Yale. She majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry but couldn't abandon her creative side, so she focused on science communication and journalism. Grace enjoys conforming to stereotypes by obsessing over cheese and spending many hours in coffee shops. She spent a lot of her student life frustrated that she didn't have as much time as she wanted to invest in the people around her, so she's thrilled that people are her entire job this year! While interning with YSC, she's continuing to sing with the Yale Gospel Choir, a musical and spiritual community that she loves very much. She's looking forward to sharing her passion for worship, service, and the Word in all sorts of different ways throughout the upcoming year.
Julie graduated from Yale in 2017 with a degree in Political Science, and she spent this past year working in marketing at a law firm here in New Haven. After a short time away, she is excited to be back on the college campus sharing the love of Christ with as many people as possible! During undergrad, Julie sang with Living Water at Yale (Christian a capella group) and the Yale Glee Club (undergraduate university choir), learning a ton about God-pleasing worship and God-honoring community in a variety of forms. Julie loves sitting in sun-lit (but temperature-controlled) places with others, sharing in a relaxed silence together.
A native of Virginia Beach, VA, Matt graduated in 2018 after studying Sociology and Human Rights. In addition to the incomparable taco trucks of Long Wharf and some pretty amazing pizza joints around town, he soon found New Haven held many surprises: amazing new friendships at Yale, unexpected challenges (and rewards) of student life, and new discoveries about God’s great and gracious heart. Matt enjoys running, listening to music, and spending time outdoors with friends at any of the awesome park spaces in the New Haven area, especially at Lighthouse Point or Sleeping Giant (he’d love for you to tag along next time!). A lover of gardens and green places, he believes our own lives bear the most fruit when rooted in relationship with Jesus. He’s thrilled to be staying in New Haven this year for the chance to help one another encounter Jesus deeply together– and, naturally, for more Long Wharf taco runs, too, of course.