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Elder Michael Jung

The Assessment Center



The Right Reverend Michael Jung,

Is a Licensed and Ordained Clergyman. 

Major Michael Jung is the Pastor of The Salvation Army New Bedford Worship and Service Center. He was born in Incheon, South Korea and raised in New York City.  He is happily married to his beautiful wife, Amanda, for 20 years.  They have 5 children: Travis (26), Rachel (17), Joseph (15), Tyrell (6) and Nyiah (5). Their oldest son, Lt. Travis Payne, serves as the assistant pastor of The Salvation Army Philadelphia Kroc Center. They also are the owners of 1 dog and 1 cat.


Majors Michael and Amanda Jung graduated in 2002 with the rank of Captain from The Salvation Army School for Officers Training (SFOT) where they received their ordination and their first appointment.  While in SFOT, they served at 9/11 World Trade Center. He served at Ground Zero for 2 months.  Their appointments in The Salvation Army all as corps officers (pastors) include Salem, NH ('02-'04); Monessen, PA ('04-'10); Washington, PA ('10-'14); Sharon, PA ('14-'18) and New Bedford, MA (since 2018).


He holds degrees of B.S. in Youth Ministries and Social Science from Nyack College (Nyack, NY) and M.B.A. in Leadership and Human Resources from Waynesburg University (Waynesburg, PA). He also holds certifications in Financial Aid Administrator from New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association; Pastoral Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and ordination as Pastor from The Orchard Christian Fellowship Inc.  (Monessen, PA). 


He attended The Salvation Army since he was 12 years old.  He served as a youth pastor at 16 years old.  He received his calling at the age of 8 years old, and received confirmation of his calling at 12, 16, 20 and then at 24 years old. He started teaching Servant Leadership since graduating with his Bachelor's.  He also received The Disciple of Jesus award when he graduated from SFOT.  He has served in leadership in multiple Clergy Associations and Service Clubs. He also has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He is currently active with The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.


His passion includes discipleship, evangelism, and social outreach.  He believes that a church under the authority of Jesus Christ must include a revival of the individual, discipleship of community of believers, and then an outreach ministry to the local neighborhood.  He enjoys spending time with his family, solitude, hiking, roller coasters, walks on the beach, going for a drive and watching TV.  He is also a self-declared foodie.  His favorite animals includes wolves, hawks, eagles, tigers, and turtles. When he grows up, he would like to church plant and be a college professor. 

The Purpose of the Assessment Center is to aid The Saint Ben Solomon Donelson Institute and The Ministerial Credentials Board in identifying the process needed for a ministerial candidate to prepare for pastoral ministry.  It is also to aid the candidate in their self awareness and preparation for pastoral ministry.

The Assessment Center is held on the weekend (Friday through Sunday) each Quarter during the Fall and Spring Quarterly Sessions and during the Annual Meeting.  The candidate must be recommended by the Pastor and Church Board.  The preparatory evaluation takes place only during the Fall Quarterly Session on the Saturday afternoon prior to District Assembly.

The Board of Ministerial Credentials
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