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I was born in Inchon, South Korea and moved to the United States when I was four years old. We first lived in Pennsylvania where my father, a Presbyterian pastor, worked at the First Korean Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. We lived all over the United States as my father planted churches for the old United Presbyterian Church and later for the PC (USA) after the reunion in 1983. One of the churches my father planted was in Syracuse, NY and I spent some of the best parts of elementary and middle school there.
I like to joke that I was preordained to be a pastor as both my father and mother were pastors. My mother received her ordination after my father passed away. She ran a prayer retreat center and after retiring she married another Presbyterian pastor. They currently live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle.
Growing up people kept asking me if I was going into the ministry, and my response was an emphatic “No.” I ran away to the military and I must say that my time in the Army was formative and challenging. I love serving in the Army and it taught me a great deal about the world and myself. Even though I enjoyed my career in the Army, I felt a longing to do something else. After spending wonderful and challenging years in the military stationed all over the world, I finally responded to God’s call to ministry.
After looking at many different seminaries, God led me to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. I met my wife Anne at Fuller, and we married while we were both studying there. We have two wonderful children, Christian and Scarlett.
I served several churches as pastor before coming to Brunswick Presbyterian Church, including churches in Downers Grove, IL, Alexandria, VA, and Chesterland, OH.
I enjoy reading, traveling, cycling, photography, anything to do with food and fellowship, and spending time with my family.
Colleen is our Office Manager. She ensures that the office runs smoothly and does her best to communicate the direction of the church, as well as inform everyone about the many events of this busy community.