The Rev. Dr. Jin S. Kim will serve as GAMC field staff for Korean English Ministries

August 31, 2010

Headshot of The Rev. Jin S. Kim

The Rev. Jin S. Kim

The Rev. Dr. Jin S. Kim, pastor of Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, Minn., will take on additional responsibilities and join the General Assembly Mission Council as field staff for Korean English Ministries (EM) in the Office of Korean Congregational Support. As field staff for Korean EM, Kim will work from his office in Minneapolis.      

Kim will help develop vision and strategies to strengthen Korean English Ministries in the PC(USA), and he will assist in providing leadership development and networking opportunities for 1.5 and second generation clergy and leaders, including clergywomen and women leaders.

"I am excited for the Rev. Kim to join the staff of the Office of Korean Congregational Support," said the Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, director of Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries / Presbyterian Women. "His experience as a leader and pastor will benefit our Korean English Ministries."

Kim has served since 2004 as founding pastor and head of staff at Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, Minn. He was a candidate for moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) and is currently council chair of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. He serves as a PC(USA) delegate to the National Council of Churches and sits on the Minnesota Council of Churches board. He is also a part of the Jewish-Presbyterian Dialogue and the Special Committee on the Belhar Confession. He has previously led English Ministries at Korean congregations in Minneapolis, Atlanta and Bloomfield, N.J.

As field staff for the Korean Congregational Support Ministry, Kim will be responsible for developing and implementing networks, programs and ministries for "English Ministry" in Korean American Congregations and independent EM and multicultural congregations. He will also be responsible for mentoring and equipping emerging English ministry leaders to live into their full potential with sustained strategic support.

"Excellent strategic planning and congregational support has led to the doubling of Korean churches to 400 in the past 20 years, but no comparable strategy has been in place for the second generation," Kim said. "This is a significant and much needed new focus that will hopefully prove prescient and fruitful down the road, strengthening the next generation of leaders for a church yet emerging. I see this as a natural fit to my current work as pastor, mentor and networker."

Kim was a preacher at the 2004 and 2008 General Assemblies, is adjunct faculty at Dubuque Theological Seminary and has also taught at Princeton Seminary, Columbia Seminary and Duke Divinity School as well as at seminaries in Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Russia and Korea.

Kim was born in Korea and came to the United States with his family in 1975, growing up in a multiethnic environment in Columbia, S.C., and Atlanta. He holds degrees from Georgia Tech, Princeton Seminary and Columbia Seminary. His household includes his wife Soon Pac, children Claire Nicea and Austin Athanasius and his parents.

  1. I am SO EXCITED to get this "good news" about Jin Kim becoming GAMC Field Staff for Korean English Ministries. I have been praying that "just the right person" would sense God's call to become actively involved in this important ministry. I have heard Jin Kim speak at multicultural events and GA and he is a remarkable young man with a prophetic vision what the church in these times needs to be doing in areas of multicultural ministry and mission. He will be an inspiration and provide "the evangelistic spark" needed for not only those involved in Korean English Ministries, but for all of us serving on GAMC, and in particular those of us who have a passion for working among our ethnic brothers and sisters in Christ. If there is anything I can do now or in the future to be support to Jin, as he works among us, and to our leaders in Korean ministry, please count me in. The second and fifth paragraphs in this announcement are fine affirmations of what our Korean leadership was telling us when we brought them together for preliminary discussions last year. I commend all who took part in extending this opportunity to Jin Kim. God has answered my prayers. Congratulations to Jin and PC(USA) Staff. Thank you for sending me this press release. Sincerely, Jacquie Lyman

    by Jacquie Lyman

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