Tell us your story. Do you have a family? When did you come to faith?
I am happily married to Helena and together we have been blessed with a daughter (Kristen) and son (Nathan). They are both young adults now and growing in their own journey in life.
My family and I moved to America from South Korea when I was five. We were not Christians when we immigrated. When I was in elementary school, my parents started taking my older sister and I to church services and activities. I participated until the end of high school because it was something that I had to do. I didn’t have a relationship with God throughout those years. When I went off to college at UC Santa Barbara, I stopped being active in any church. At that point in my life, I was more interested in other pursuits and I didn’t see a need for God in my life. In the summer after my freshman year in college, I met some people who were also students at UCSB. They were active in a college ministry and they invited me to join them once the school year started. When fall arrived, I went to the Bible study and God started speaking to my heart and showing me my need for him. Throughout the year, I felt two competing draws in my life; God and the world. Throughout this year, I felt increasingly unsure about my identity and what I truly wanted out of life. Looking back, I think that God was refining my heart at this time and causing me to take a deep look into it. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I realized that my heart and life was empty without God and I committed my life to following him.
Upon graduating from college, I entered Talbot School of Theology and prepared to enter into the vocational ministry. I completed my seminary education and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Reformed Church. I served in my local church as a pastor for several years. About 15 years ago, I felt led to transition out of full-time ministry. Since then, I have been working as a financial and investment advisor. I am excited and humbled to be serving King’s Church in the role of an Elder (trainee).
How long have you been coming to King’s? What’s one thing you love about our community?
My family and I have been a part of King’s Church for about 15 years. We started attending when I transitioned out of full time vocational ministry. At that time, we were still meeting at Carver Elementary School (go Cougars!). We were first introduced to King’s by friends of ours, and from the first time we visited, we knew that God was doing something special in this Church. Throughout the years, we have met many wonderful people. I love that we are a community that is moving together on this same journey of faith. We realize that we are all broken, imperfect people saved only through the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Together, we are actively striving to grow in our identity as people of God.
What hobbies do you have? Or what’s a secret talent you possess?
I love spending time outdoors. I enjoy golfing, backpacking, fishing and traveling to places that have beautiful beaches =). I also enjoy spending time with my family and watching sports.
How can members of King’s Church pray for you while you go through training?
Please pray that God would help me to increasingly make him the center of my life and that he would be my all in all.