Meet KJ Roelke, Worship and Creative Director and Schweitzer Church and Freelance Creative from Springfield Missouri. Jerry speaks to KJ about his experience as a transracially adopted, disabled Korean-American in an interracial marriage and how the recent events of 2020, in particular the murder of George Floyd, have ignited a renewed desire to seek and celebrate his Korean identity.
We celebrate his life, career, family, and journey into connecting more deeply with his Korean identity.
We support his work in using his musical and creative gifts to share with the world his faith and passions.
We are inspired by his positive outlook on life and his dedication to do his part to make the world a more diverse and inclusive place.
Born Kang Joon-Tae in Daegu, South Korea, KJ (Kaleb Joon-Tae) Roelke is a transnational and transracial Korean adoptee who was adopted by a loving family in Texas at six months old who now serves as the Worship and Creative Director at Schweitzer Church in Springfield, Missouri. He is also a talented musician and creative freelancer whose works can be found on YouTube and SoundCloud. He holds a BS in Worship Arts from Greenville University and lives currently in Springfield, Missouri with his wife Sara. Learn more and connect with KJ through the links below.
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Dear Asian Americans is a podcast for and by Asian Americans, focusing on authentic storytelling rooted in origin, identity, and legacy. Host Jerry Won brings on guests from diverse backgrounds and career paths to celebrate, support, and inspire the Asian American community. New episodes air every Tuesday across all major platforms. Instagram: @dearasianamericans