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).
VICTORIA KIM / CHILDREN′S PASTOR
Victoria describes herself as a Third Culture Kid. She 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.
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.
EUN SUNG 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.”
STEVE HONG AND DONG HEE PARK / DEACONS
Batman and Robin are said to be a dynamic duo, but they have nothing on Steve and Dong Hee. Partners in life and partners in ministry, they officially serve the EM by doing all the work necessary to prepare for worship, from setting up the communion table to folding bulletins. Unofficially they serve the EM by allowing us to witness their loving relationship.
HAEWON LEE / DEACON
With a degree in chemistry, Haewon knows a thing or two about atomic numbers and numbers in general. That’s why she oversees the EM’s finances, ensuring that we spend our money wisely, i.e., in ways that serve the needs of the community inside and outside the church, like the North Korean ministry, for which she is the lead volunteer.
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.