Anna Kynast is joining the WAnet team as a Travel Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Anna’s family has been involved in missions for several generations, and her parents were both raised in South Korea. She is also the granddaughter of a North Korean refugee who married an ESL teacher from Texas! This unique cultural background and family history encouraged Anna’s interest in cross-cultural ministry from an early age, and has led her to spend time learning and volunteering in Korea, Thailand, Malawi, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Spain. She is passionate about international student ministry and the power of shared personal stories to bridge cultural gaps and increase understanding between people.
Anna served as an RTA for SEI during the summer of 2014, and felt a deep connection with WAnet’s mission, philosophy, and relational approach to ministry. The relationships she formed with students during SEI had a life-changing influence on her studies and career plans. While reaching out to international students at her university and volunteering in an ESL class for Hispanic immigrant parents in the community, Anna became especially interested in seeing local churches and schools become equipped and eager to love and nurture the international guests among them.
Anna graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in Global Studies/Cross-Cultural Communication, with minors in Spanish and Social Work. She was recently married to Tim Kynast, a missionary kid from Central America who shares her love of world cultures and call to international ministry. Anna will be serving WAnet from her home in North Carolina.