The Korean ministry at First Presbyterian Church
Currently, the Korean congregation has a membership of about 75 - 80 people, with regular worshippers numbering approximately 40 - 50 every Sunday in McMillen Chapel, a small, beautiful chapel in the east wing of First Presbyterian Church. The families, which include many school-age children, are relatively young, with an average adult age of about 45. The Korean Language Ministry (KLM) is fortunate to have members, men and women, who have strived and achieved high professional levels, and all are enjoying the American dream.
In addition to the regular Sunday services, KLM has member retreats, Wednesday evening services, early morning prayer services on Saturdays, men’s and women’s Bible study groups, fellowship services in members’ homes once a month and very strong youth activities. Also, KLM boasts an enthusiastic and dedicated choir. Every Sunday before service, one can hear congregants who arrive early singing songs of praise led by a guitarist.
The Korean church has a full-time minister who serves as one of the Associate Pastors of the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev, Dr. Youngsoo An. He is a minister, counselor, legal adviser, and full-fledged father figure to all Korean members and demonstrates profound filial piety to older members. KLM immensely enjoys and is grateful for the sermons delivered by the senior pastor or an associate pastor (in English) 2 -3 times a year, especially when Rev. An is on a vacation.
The Korean ministry, though small, tries to serve all the members well and reaches out to Koreans from all socioeconomic backgrounds who are not attending the church. Sharing meals after each service is common. This type of fellowship enhances the relationship between members, and the invitation to the meal is always extended to everyone, including the English-speaking congregation.
September 2, 2018 - Annual Korean worship and Communion at Chain O'Lakes State Park, with picnic and family games.
Click here for a 4-minute video on the Korean ministry of First Presbyterian Church
The Steering Committee of Korean Congregation
Rev. Youngsoo An, Ken Lee, Kwang Williams, Diana Wyss, Misook Kim, Yoonjin Cho, Youngyeon Kim, Jaeson Wyss, Beomjin Kim, Ann Federspiel
Ye In Park (conductor); Hyunsun Kim, Gina Yim, Rachael Brown, Hee Joo Park, Mi Sook Kim, Kwangsuk Choi, Gaeun Choi, Michelle Kiva, Cheyenne Isgro, Brittney Bressler, Yeeun Lee, Hyemin Koo, Jisang Choi, Sungtae Ahn, Nam Sae Park, and Jae Sun.