Our Team

Mia Chang, President and Trustee

Mia first traveled to Africa in 2009 as part of a short-term mission team.  As a pastor and former schoolteacher, she soon connected with others that shared a vision to educate and empower children and their communities in Kenya and Nigeria.  Mia has visited other parts of Africa and Latin America and supports education and faith-based missions in those regions.  Back home, she serves locally in Trenton, West Windsor and the greater Mercer County region of the state of New Jersey.

Rev. Dr. Mia Chang is the Founder and Lead Pastor of NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey.  Mia obtained her Doctorate of Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Pennsylvania and her Master of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.  She began her career as a teacher in the New York City public schools after graduating from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.  

Steven Ku, Treasurer and Trustee

Steve's professional experience spans more than 20 years in accounting, finance and asset management in New York City.  Steve is a Certified Public Accountant registered in New York (inactive) and a graduate of Pace University.  Steve is also Executive Minister of NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey where he serves in various ministry related capacities.  He is currently pursuing graduate studies in theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.   


Lola Akiwowo, Director

Rev. Dr. Lola Akiwowo was born in Nigeria and makes her home in New Jersey where she serves as Associate Pastor of NextGen Church.  Lola travels to Nigeria as our onsite coordinator and works closely with the local team in the village of Imosan.  Back home, she manages an after-school program for children in a public school in the city of Trenton.  Lola obtained her Doctorate of Ministry and Master of Divinity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.  

She has almost 30 years' experience in education administration.

Thomas Chi, Secretary and Trustee

Tom is currently a Principal at an alternative asset advisory firm in New York.  His extensive financial experience includes roles at Citibank and Merrill Lynch as well as boutique asset management firms.  Tom obtained his MBA from Fordham Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from Hofstra University in New York.  Tom is a Trustee of NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey and has traveled abroad for short-term missions.

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