Introducing Daniel Jang
We are pleased to welcome Daniel Jang as our new Auckland East leader. From now on, Daniel will be working one day per week on developing Sports Chaplaincy in his region. He will also help SCNZ with an IT upgrade.
In his earlier years, Daniel played football, inline hockey, and ice hockey. He says he had ‘great enthusiasm but not so much skill’. His passion for sport later led him to work at several big events, including three FIFA World Cup finals.
He currently serves as team manager for the Papatoetoe AFC men’s 1st team. His is also chaplain for the NZ CrossWhites teams.
Outside of sport, Daniel is an IT consulting and project professional. In 2016, he worked for the FIFA Development Office for Oceania. He oversaw the implementation of a new football management system for the region, as well as website upgrades for its nine Member Associations.
Daniel has a graduate diploma in theology from Laidlaw College as well as an MA from Moody Bible Institute.
Why Sports Chaplaincy?
‘Sports Chaplaincy combines my passion for the gospel, interest in sports, heart for people, and also my desire to encourage others,’ Daniel says. ‘My own involvement with various sporting events and supporting projects over the years have shown me the need and struggle of many people in sports. While I am not a sports psych or counsellor, I realised that I could offer a listening ear, encouragement and pastoral care to all regardless of their religious beliefs or lifestyle – a “well-being” supporter.’
Plans for East Auckland
Daniel trained as a Sports Chaplain in Wellington in 2017 and became accredited last year. His plans now are to reach out to the sports community in East Auckland to understand what their needs are, and how Sports Chaplaincy can help.
He also wants to identify and train a small group of Sports Chaplains in East Auckland.