Pastor Changki Kim

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Pastor Changki Kim

 

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“I grew up in Seoul, South Korea with my parents and three sisters. When I was a little boy, I was outgoing and played a leading role among friends. One year I led 12 classmates to our Sunday school. To take them to church every Sunday, I had to give each of them wakeup calls. But I did not hate doing it. I made a baseball club with some friends of mine and managed it throughout a year. Speaking of my performance as a player, I often hit good sacrifice bunts. I also loved drawing comic books with the stories that I made up. I had a big fan of mine in my class, who always waited for the release dates of my comic books. I sold him several notebooks.

When I was a middle school student, our youth group had a three-day revival conference. That is when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. My heart was kindled with love for God. I joined the praise band of our youth group. I was so passionate that I worshipped God with a few friends of mine at an empty sanctuary when all activities were over on Sundays. During the time I made a lifetime commitment to Christ and the mission of his body. Church was like my home. It was also when I grew up to be a good ping-pong player.

After graduating from high school, I entered a Methodist Seminary in Seoul. For the first two years, I struggled with the disparity between faith and academic approaches which require doubts and questions. I am making an excuse for not studying faithfully at the time. Fortunately, I was able to take a break as I did the military service for two and a half years. When I came back to the seminary, I was better ready to study theologies. It was also when I started dating Jihyun who was studying Christian Education at the same seminary. We got married in 2011, after five years of dating. We have two children: Johnny (6) who loves Legos and puzzles and Joy (4) who loves singing and dancing.

As I finished the graduate program of the same seminary, I wanted to explore a wider world leaving my comfort zone. One motivation was from my own experience. As I taught youth group, a different generation from mine, I felt the need to distinguish cultural clothes of Christian faith from universal/essential aspects of it. I also felt the need to make up the time when I had not studied faithfully. So I came to the US to study more. Six years of cross-cultural experience made me humble and open to all sorts of differences. It made me a better listener and a more careful thinker.

When it comes to my experiences in ministry, I served as a Sunday school teacher, a youth director, and a praise band leader in Korea. While studying in the US, I served two Korean UMC as an education part director. One became my home church here: So Beautiful UMC in Greenfield, WI. In 2016 I graduated from M. Div. program at Garrett Seminary and started a full-time ministry in the town named Chetek, WI. As a city boy, I had to learn many new things like lawn mowing and gardening, but ministry here has been good in many ways. It is so much that I am grieving over the fact that I have to leave. At the same time, however, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Christ with the good people of Elm Grove: Community.”