gail song bantum

blog on identity, leadership, discipleship

about me


-my favorite quotes: “thanks, mom!” or “i love you mom!” or “you’re the best, mom!” hahaha but seriously.

who am i? a second generation korean-american who doesn’t speak much korean, often mistaken for mixed-race, the black community is like family, love soul and latin music. and i LOVE me some food!

past and future: for nearly 20 years, i have led worship and pastored in congregations ranging the span of non-denominational charismatic churches to liturgical methodist services. i have a passion and calling to see the life of discipleship and worship within the church expressed in ways that transcend cultural, denominational, and generational boundaries through creative arts and diverse giftings represented in the body of christ. recently, i have also found great passion in sharing life, mentorship, and leadership nuggets that i’ve learned over the years with up and coming leaders -especially with young women and men of color.

i received my mdiv degree from duke divinity school and my bachelors degree from the eastman school of music in rochester, new york in music performance and conducting. i am enjoying and consider it a privilege to be serving as the executive pastor at quest church in seattle, washington.

my life and loves: i have been married for 19 years to brian, the most amazing man ever! we met in college right after my mother passed away and we managed a long distance relationship for two LONG years! (and this was back before cell phones and email!!!) the joys of my life are our three beautiful sons: caleb, ezra, and joseph. we love hikes, listening to music, all things christmas and of course, you wouldn’t be a bantum if you didn’t love to eat;)

-i LOVE to think, discuss, teach and embody what it means for our lives, as the church, to endlessly reverberate with the song of our fervent desire for the One who continually creates, gifts, and sustains all of life. i also LOVE LOVE LOVE to mentor and raise up next generation leaders and have found fulfillment in celebrating the successes, gifts and strengths in others.


5 thoughts on “about me

  1. I just commented on your blog about the Heritage Mass Choir and hope you get a chance to read it. In the meantime, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy Christmas holiday season.

  2. …so glad to read about what God is doing through you and Quest Church… best to you

  3. Pingback: Asian American worship leaders and Christian musicians • @djchuang

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