David received a BA in Religious Studies from California State University, Northridge and a MA of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary. Since 1996, he served as a pastor in children’s, youth, college, and young adult ministries. He is a third generation pastor whose father has ministered as a missionary since 1991. During his seminary training, David knew he wanted to pursue cross-cultural ministry one day. In 1999, he served as a missionary, teaching English in Osaka, Japan for two years. Since 2003, he ministered as an associate pastor at Immanuel Bible Church (IBC) in Santa Monica for eight years, including overseeing the church’s missions department.
With a BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, Ester worked as a teacher for juvenile hall and a social worker/program administrator for a non-profit family support services agency. During her college years, she developed a burden for overseas ministries through her mission trips to Mexico and Japan. She has been a member of IBC since 1999 and enjoys serving alongside her husband in various ministries, especially discipleship. She is currently a stay-at-home mom taking care of their children: Ian, Eli, and Allison.
Ever since marriage, the Yus have been praying and searching for an opportunity to minister abroad. Through the Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF), David learned about ZOE. In November 2010, David and Ester traveled with CHF to visit ZOE Children’s Homes. After much prayer and consideration, the Yus, with the support of their church, decided to join ZOE in September 2011. David serves at ZOE as the Manager of ZOE’s Mercy Network, a food distribution program, and also assists in the areas of counseling, and teaching Bible and English at ZOE’s Ministry School. Ester works as a social worker in ZOE’s Counseling Department. Together, the Yus are also Managers of ZOE’s Missionary Care program. They pray that God can use the experiences and passions He’s given them to help fight child trafficking and share the gospel of Christ with the people of Thailand.