The Rev. E. Kim is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as co-director, with his wife, P. Kim, of the United Methodist Mission Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The assignment began in the fall of 2011.
The Mission Center in Almaty plays a pivotal role in the Central Asia Mission Initiative, which is linked to the Eurasia Area of the denomination. The initiative began in 2003 and by 2011 had 19 congregations or Bible groups in four of the five Central Asia republics, once part of the Soviet Union. The Mission Center in Almaty was opened in 2006 through a generous contribution from the First Korean United Methodist Church in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. It houses space for Bible study classes, clergy education, church and district offices, and as the Central Asia site of the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary.
E. Kim was born in Madison, New Jersey, and is an elder of the New York Annual Conference. He has served pastorates in the Greater Washington, DC area; Trinity United Methodist Church in Lagrangeville, New York, and the Vision Christian Fellowship of The United Methodist Church, a ministry in Queens with links to the First United Methodist Church of Flushing.
Rev. Kim received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Boston University, and a master of divinity degree from the Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is musically talented, playing piano, guitar, and trombone.
Rev. Kim comes from a strong Methodist family, explaining: "My grandmother committed her life to Christ during the Korean War, in a time when she was a refugee who had lost her husband and was raising four young children as a single mother…An image that stands out is her spending 4 to 5 hours a day, praying quietly in the closet of her bedroom. Clearly her life influenced those closest to her as her four children, including my father, went on to become either pastors or to marry pastors. Including me, five of her grandchildren are now in ministry as well."
He says his call to mission was refined by a 10-day mission experience in Kazakhstan. "Of all the people, places, and cultures I have been a part of," he says, "the culture that resonated with me more than any other was the Kazakh culture. How can I describe in words a heart that identifies, burns, and breaks for a certain people?...I take to heart Jesus' words, 'the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.'"
E. Kim and P. Kim were married in 1999 and have one daughter, Y. Kim, born in 2005, and one son, E. Kim, born in 2011.
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