In 1891, the first Asian Disciples community was established by the First Christian Church of Portland, Oregon and Christian Woman’s Board of Missions. Since then, another Chinese Christian Mission was founded in 1907 in San Francisco, the first Japanese Disciple church in 1908 in LA, the first Filipino Disciples in 1933, and Wilshire Korean Christian Church in 1976.
As the first Executive Pastor of North American Asian Ministries, Geunhee Yu was appointed in 1992 with only 8 Asian Disciple churches. In 2011, Jinsuk Cheon started to serve NAPAD as Executive Pastor of NAPAD. Now, NAPAD is composed with 13 different Asian and Pacific ethnics who are using 16 different languages and its members are about 7,000 attending more than 90 Disciple churches. Approximately 75% of the congregations are Koreans and the major number of Korean churches is in California.
- To participate in God's mission through the various expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
- To contribute to the wholeness and unity of the Chrstian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
- To advocate for Pacific/Asian Disciples within and outside the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
- To share the gifts and traditions of Pacific/Asian Disciples with the wider church.
(From NAPAD Bylaws)