Grace Church Ministry Staff
Rev. Dr. Young-Shik Yun was born June 2nd, 1957 in South Korea and was not raised in the Christian faith. Korean culture views all religion superstition and is looked down upon and most people are agnostic at best. While studying for high school entrance exams, he visited a childhood friend, a high school student in Seoul, who was a faithful Presbyterian, who brought him into the church. He was a confessing Christian within two years. He was a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Korea, until moving with his family to the United States on July 3rd, 1992, to enter into graduate education and work on obtaining American citizenship as a family.
He received the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in 1981 at Chongshin University in South Korea and the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv.), in 1984 at Presbyterian Theological Seminary also in South Korea. Once in the United States, he received the degree of Master of Theology (ThM.) in 1994 at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He also completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.) in Missiology in 2006 at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was here that he became a Lutheran due to new depths of research on the Lord’s Supper. He was called from doctoral studies to become associate pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, VA. He currently serves as Professor of Missiology at the Neil T. Jones Seminary at Washington University of Virginia in Annendale, VA.
Pastor Yun is married to Jung Sook Han and they proudly have two sons, Ethan, a medical doctor in North Carolina, and Ryan, a recent graduate of James Madison University in Public Policy. Ethan and his wife, Amie, recently welcomed the Yun's first grandchild, Olivia. The Yuns reside locally in Woodbridge, VA.
As Assistant Pastor, Pastor Yun is primarily involved in visitation ministry and evangelism efforts at Grace. He also often teaches adult Bible class, and writes for the pastoral blog.
Rev. Dr. Lannon Martin is a graduate of Concordia University in Mequon, WI (B.A., Youth Ministry), Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN (M.Div.), and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO (D.Min., Homiletics). He has served on the staff of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, and congregations in Texas, Michigan, and Ohio. He was also Director of Faith- Based Curriculum for The Crossing, a system of 20 Christian alternative high schools in Indiana, and served there until being called to Grace in 2017.
Pastor Martin is married to Alissa, a school counselor, who is currently a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) candidate at Northcentral University in San Diego, CA.
The Martins enjoy travel, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. They reside in Woodbridge with their cat, Puma and rescue dogs, Gus and Bruno.
As Senior Pastor, Pastor Martin is the primary preacher and teacher at Grace. He is also responsible for overall ministry administration of the church.
Dan Buer was born in Rugby, North Dakota and was raised in the Lutheran Church. He is a graduate of Mayville State University (Sociology and Coaching) and Central Michigan University (Strategic Leadership). He has served in the US Army for 31 years.
Deacon Buer has been married to Charity Faith since 1999. He has three children: Kayla (husband Mathew Klein), Ava, and Lincoln, as well as three grandchildren: Chase, Oliver, and Maxine. His hobbies include weight training, track and field, running, and teaching Sunday School.
Deacon Buer's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Fabricio Velasquez was born December 20, 1980 in El Salvador, brought by his parents to the United States at the age of seven. The transition to the United States was the beginning of a spiritual journey filled with blessings and challenges for the Velasquez family. His father, Ramon, became a minister in the Pentecostal tradition in 1993. Vicar Fabricio served in many different capacities at his father's church since 2001. In April 2015, led by the spirit through careful study, worship, consultation with strong mentors, and prayer, he felt a deep calling to join the Lutheran Church. Following the directions of Pastor Jack Meehan and the leadership of St. John Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA, he was accepted into the EIIT distance learning program through Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. In order to be active in study and ministry closer to home, he recently transferred his practical learning and support here to Grace under the mentoring of Pastor Martin.
Vicar Fabricio married his high school sweetheart, Zhenya, in June 2001. They are the proud parents of four children: Rebecca, Abigail, Ramon, and Chaya. He currently works at Cushman and Wakefield as a Senior Chief Engineer. The Velasquez family reside in nearby Triangle, and in their spare time, the Velasquez family love to travel, and think of the beach as a "home away from home." Vicar Fabricio is anxiously looking forward to continuing to serve the Lord at Grace and working towards his ordination in The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.