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Mamie Ming Yan Ko was born November 25 in Hong Kong.  “In 1975, when I had almost finished my bachelor’s degree, I started wondering whether I should be in the ordained ministry as a pastor of a local church. There were not too many women in ministry. I entered seminary in September 1976 and began my journey into the ordained ministry. I found myself being attracted to the ministries of the church, especially to preach.”   In 1982 she was received into full connection in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

“My ministry so far has been exciting, challenging, miraculous, and wonderful.” Along with Mochi Lam in the California-Nevada Conference, Mamie Ko is one of the first two Chinese women to be received into full connection in the UMC.