VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats are pleased to announce the creation of a new position within the organization as Park Jung has been hired as team chaplain.
Team chaplains are common throughout professional and collegiate sport, but the role is new ground for the HarbourCats and West Coast League. Jung will become the first chaplain in team and league history.
A native of Victoria, Jung graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities. He went on to earn his Post Masters Certificate in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care from ACTS Seminary of Trinity Western University in Vancouver, BC.
Jung has been involved ministry for more than 15 years, ranging from children’s and singles ministry at Glad Tidings Church in Victoria, to his work with Kairos International Prison Ministry.
Park currently serves on the music team at Victoria’s Glad Tidings Church where he has served since 1999. Additionally, Jung has worked as an officer for Canada Border Services Agency since 1991.
The purpose of the team chaplain position is to be present to provide moral, psychological and spiritual care to members of the HarbourCats when desired. Jung will attend home games, lead chapel meetings for those who wish to partake, and will be available for one-on-one consultation.
“I look forward to the opportunity to come along side of our players and witness the growth of these young men’s character on and off the field over the course of the summer,” says Jung. “I thank God and the HarbourCats for this opportunity and I look forward to a great season.”
Jung has support from fellow sports chaplains in Victoria including Lukas Bonnett, Westshore Rebels chaplain and Glad Tidings youth pastor, as well as Victoria Royals chaplain Dave Steingard.
FAITH NIGHT WITH GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH AND GT WESTHILLS
The HarbourCats are excited to announce that the team’s Wednesday, June 21 game against the defending WCL champion Corvallis Knights will be Faith Night with Glad Tidings Church and GT Westhills.
Members of Glad Tidings and their leadership will attend the game and will be incorporated into various in-game activities throughout the evening.
General admission tickets to the Wednesday, June 21 game between the HarbourCats and the defending WCL champions will be made available at Glad Tidings in the weeks leading up to the game.
A Glad Tidings information table will also be set up on the concourse during the game.
“This is an exciting opportunity to come together on a game night with Glad Tidings, a longstanding pillar of our Victoria community,” says HarbourCats Communications Director Jonathan Hodgson. “Glad Tidings and the HarbourCats share a common passion for our community and a desire to serve through our unique platforms. We are very pleased to team up for this exciting game night.”
Plans are in the works for a special guest to throw out the first pitch prior to the game at 6:35pm.