The Rev. Han Sung Kim is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Korean Ministry Plan Missionary, a position with the denomination’s outreach to the Korean American population. He is currently based in New York, New York and was commissioned in October 2013.
The Korean Ministry Plan takes account of both the growth and potential contributions of Korean Americans within The United Methodist Church in the United States. There are currently 300 Korean American congregations. The plan has a goal of 1,000 by 2022.
Rev. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and has been in the US since the early 1990s. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1995, and holds both Master of Arts and Master of Theology degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He worked as an editor of the Korea Central Daily in San Francisco for four years, was employed by the Harvard College Library, and from 2006 to 2013 was founding pastor of Grace Vision United Methodist Church, Watertown, Massachusetts.
Of his call to God’s service, he recalls: “During Lent of 2003, my wife and I decided to set some time aside to kneel down and pray together every night, asking God for guidance in our future. Both of us felt that God was calling me as a pastor. As an associate at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua, New Hampshire, I experienced divine grace and love at all times. I can affirm my conviction that God has demonstrated divine guidance through the past 10 years of my spiritual journey.”
Han Sung has extensive experience with immigrant congregations that he is anxious to share with others through the Korean Ministry Plan. He also looks forward to the growth of multicultural congregations. He sees the church as opening its doors to all those with spiritual shelter.
He prays for a ministry that first of all points “people to Jesus through spiritual formation” and the making of disciples. He also prays for a ministry that embodies “social justice and empowerment of disenfranchised people throughout the world.”
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