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  • Baptist Beacon

A parent's vow

ROCHESTER HILLS, MI – When it comes to talking about my Christian pilgrimage, first, I would like to mention my parents. This is because my parents made a vow to God when I was born. They wanted me to become a pastor when I grew up. Even though I appreciate my parents now, I was disappointed about their vow. I didn’t believe in God until I was a high school student. I just went to church with my parents.

I had a significant, amazing experience when I was a freshman in high school. I attended a youth group retreat at church. The pastor at the retreat challenged us by saying that God has a plan for us. In the course of time, I really wanted to meet God. I prayed with my whole mind. After a while, I could remember the Bible verses from Job 23: 9-10 “When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” I recognized that God wants to test me in my earthly life. When I found God’s amazing plan for me, I confessed my sins and received my Salvation.

After I came back from the retreat, I joined the high school Campus Crusade for Christ. In C.C.C, I studied the Bible. What’s more, I was the director of C.C.C choir and a Bible study group leader. When I was a senior in high school, I decided to enter seminary. I attended Korea Baptist Theological Seminary. At the seminary, I was very interested in Christian Counseling. I recognized that even though Christians have faith, they also have a lot of emotional and mental problems. In addition, I found that God has given me the spiritual gift of counseling. Thus, I attended a Christian Counseling class at the seminary. In Christian Counseling class, I decided that I wanted to become a counselor.

After graduating from the seminary, I prayed for the opportunity to study and minister in the US because I was eager to study seriously and deeply. God opened the door for me to study at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I could learn not only Biblical Counseling, but also could deeply study theology at Southeastern. After I had completed both Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology courses at Southeastern, I prayed for the opportunity to minister in my country. God allowed me to return to South Korea where I served as an associate Pastor at Samho Baptist Church and then the Church of Dream, South Korea. At the start of my ministry, I was not very skilled in any administrative or practical processes. But through the years, experience has refined my abilities. After finishing from the ministry in my country, God gave me a chance to become the Senior Pastor of Korean First Baptist Church at Rochester Hills, Michigan. We were excited to come to America and serve.

My entire ministry began with a vision and vow from my parents.



My deepest passion is to lead people to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. To fulfill my goal and my passion, I teach the Word of God and help people gain spiritual maturity to impact the world of God. As the Senior Pastor of the Korean First Baptist Church, I will love, care, equip, and teach people with discipleship training and evangelistic preaching so that they can expand the Kingdom of God through their lives.

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