JOHN SCHNEIDER / PASTOR
Pastor John is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). There is no truth to the rumor that he came to Korea to avoid having to attend presbytery meetings. He is an introvert by nature, but if you want to see him become animated, talk to him about the book of Job. Pastor John’s wife Sandy was born in Seoul, but they met at a deli in New York City (it’s a great story–ask them). They live near Seokchon Lake with their two lazy but affectionate Malteses, Phoebe and Bory.
VICTORIA KIM / CHILDREN′S PASTOR
New children’s pastor Victoria Kim describes herself as a Third Culture Kid. Victoria was born in Korea, grew up in China where her parents were missionaries, and while in China attended an English language student fellowship. With such an international background, it is no surprise that Victoria is fluent in three languages: Korean, Chinese, and English. Introduce yourself to Victoria and wish her welcome, or 환영합니다, or 歡迎.
YOU HO KIM / ELDER
What the heart is to the body, elders are to a Presbyterian church (in fact, a “presbyter” is an elder). That’s especially meaningful for us because Elder Kim also happens to be a heart surgeon. When he is not in the operating room or meeting with patients, he is keeping the English Ministry operating and showing patience, especially as he represents us before the session. In addition to patience, Elder Kim also possesses a soft-spoken but razor-sharp–make that “scalpel-sharp”–wit.
YOUNG SOON CHOI / KWEONSA
Choi Kweonsanim joining the English Ministry is music to our ears…literally. That’s because she is a trained cellist and pianist. Choi Kweonsanim not only serves the English Ministry, but she also offers her time and talent by accompanying the choir during the Korean service and even teaching lessons at the church during the week.
EUNSUNG KIM / TEAM LEADER
Deacon Kim originally served as EM Team Leader from 2013-2014. We liked him so much that we brought him back. We trust that he feels the same! Deacon Kim is a morning person. No matter the time of day—morning, noon, or evening—his greeting is a cheerful “Good morning 입니다.”
JAEDUCK LEE / DEACON
If you wanted to, you could set your watch by Deacon Lee, that’s how reliable he is. Rather than outline what he does for the English Ministry, it would be easier to list the ways that Deacon Lee does not serve, but we can’t think of any at the moment. Deacon Lee’s primary focus is serving the Saturday Korean Class.
HAEWON LEE / ACCOUNTANT
Although not an ordained minister, Haewon is nevertheless our “minister” of all things financial. Haewon dots all the i’s, crosses all the t’s, and makes sure the decimal points are all in the right place. If you hadn’t guessed, she has an eye for detail. She also has a heart for service, because she is the lead volunteer for our North Korean ministry.
JOSHUA YUN / PRAISE TEAM LEADER
Joshua is a multi-instrumentalist. His primary instrument is the guitar, but he also plays bass guitar, cajon (a type of box drum), and in an emergency, even the drums. It hardly seems fair, but he sings as well. When not singing in church, Joshua raises a holy noise cheering on his beloved Doosan Bears. It is purely a coincidence that Joshua attends PCL and roots for the Bears, whose stadium is directly across the street from the church.
JUNG MIN (IVAN) PARK / MEDIA DIRECTOR
“Quiet on the set!” Jung Min is our resident director/producer/cinematographer, serving the English Ministry by using his considerable visual talents for any film projects, including filming the weekly sermon. Jung Min honed his talents at film school in Russia, where he lived for six years. Jung Min is trilingual; he speaks English with a Russian accent, Russian with a Korean accent, and Korean with an English accent.