Dan Hyun | Elder & Lead Pastor
Dr. Daniel Hyun was raised in the greater Philadelphia area and is passionate for God’s work in the city, having served with urban churches in Philadelphia and Baltimore. In 2008, he was privileged to lead a team to start The Village Church in Baltimore, MD with dreams of making God famous through justice, mission, and reconciliation.
Dan’s vision is to empower others to serve God with all they have. He serves as a missionary, pastor, professor, and writer and is frequently invited to speak on a wide variety of issues including justice, mission, reconciliation, and leadership. God led Dan to help start and lead the Ethnos Conference to catalyze the Church in conversations about justice, reconciliation, and mission.
His interests include sports, working out, good food, and conversations on culture. After God, his greatest joy and desire in life is for his lovely wife, Judie, and two daughters. You can follow Dan on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what God continues to show him.
Eric Lapointe | Elder
Eric lives in Original Northwood with his wife Ashley and three children. After Eric received his MA in organizational leadership, he and Ashley moved to Baltimore from Los Angeles in 2008 to be closer to family. Eric has a background in higher education administration and leadership development and currently works as a Regional Director for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Eric is passionate about helping others identify and achieve their God-given dreams, utilizing their gifts to forward the kingdom of God.
Tai Hairston | Elder
Dr. Tai Hairston spent most of his childhood in Paramus, NJ before coming to Baltimore in 2011 to pursue a B.S. in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. He then continued his education in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and currently works as a Pediatric Resident at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Tai also serves as one of the Worship Leaders and enjoys playing many different instruments. He lives with his wife, Teresa Hairston, in Hampden and enjoys its eclectic shops and restaurants. He is passionate about building an intentional Christian community among visiting scholars, professionals, and college students. His hobbies include hiking, baking, making music, and playing golf and video games.
Julius Thomas | Elder & Assistant Pastor
Julius was born in Oceanside, CA, and raised in Chesapeake, VA. He has an Environmental Studies degree from Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, where he played college basketball, and a Masters of Divinity from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
Julius worked for a campus ministry called Campus Outreach for 6 years at Lynchburg College, Randolph College, Radford University, and Liberty University. During his time on staff he met and married his wife Sara Thomas. Julius Thomas joined the pastoral staff team in 2019, and he was installed as an elder in 2021.
In his free time Julius enjoys playing basketball, listening to jazz music and reading books on diversity and racial reconciliation. He and his wife also love eating and finding good food spots.
Teresa Hairston | Kids Ministry Director
Teresa grew up in Howard County, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. She moved to Houston, where she dabbled in many subjects (cognitive sciences, psychology, biochemistry, global health technologies, and teaching English to speakers of other languages) at Rice University, joined a local intergenerational Chinese church, and learned about cross-cultural kids ministry and outreach. She returned to Baltimore for grad school and now works as a research associate in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also spends a lot of time with Hopkins campus ministries. Teresa lives in Hampden with her husband Tai—and loves the city of Baltimore and God's kingdom.
Marly Andino | Operations Director
From a young age, Marly has been drawn to art and stories. She had the privilege of growing up in a home that fostered that passion and where she was told the greatest story of all: Jesus “God with us”.
Today, Marly loves to listen to and tell stories and see how the Author of life has sown our tales into His Narrative. That’s why she is always looking for an opportunity to invite friends into her home, share a meal and talk until the wee hours of the night.
Her love for art and story-telling led her to study Communications at the University of Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Marly left the corporate world to work for her local church in San Juan and plant churches around the island of Puerto Rico. She and her husband Eduardo moved to Baltimore in 2017 and joined The Village Church in 2019. She taught Spanish in Middle School for 5 years. Now, Marly serves as our Operations Director.