Sonya Sunnah Park, 35, Chesapeake Habitat leader

May 07, 2002

Sonya Sunnah Park, former director of Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity, died Saturday at Sinai Hospital of complications related to lupus. She was 35 and lived in Roland Park.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Towson, she was a 1985 graduate of and valedictorian at of St. Paul's School for Girls. She earned a degree in psychology from Harvard University and a master's degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000.

As executive director of Chesapeake Habitat from 1990 to 1992, she led the church-based nonprofit organization's efforts to help low-income people become homeowners.

She moved to Richmond, Va., and served on the state's Joint Commission for Health Care from 1993 to 1994, and was Richmond's Baptist Theological Seminary women's center coordinator and a minister to youths and young adults.

In 1995, she entered Princeton Theological Seminary, and studied there five years. She was a chaplain at Northwest-Covenant Medical Center in Denville, N.J., from 1997 to 1998.

In 2000, she returned to Baltimore and was a language tutor for non-English-speaking people. She was also a volunteer at Shepherd's Clinic, a medical center at North Avenue and St. Paul Street.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, where she was a longtime member.

She is survived by her parents, Dr. I. James Park and Ock R. Park of Towson; a brother, Larry J. Park of New York City; and a sister, Dr. Julie Park of Baltimore.

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