DIRECTOR OF ONEU DC
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated with my family to the US when I was six-years-old. We moved around a couple of times in Southern California during the first few years and we eventually settled down in Howard County, Maryland. I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but I do recall making a conscience effort to take my faith in Christ more seriously when I was 16.
Like most typical teenagers, my high school friends and I didn’t always make the wisest decisions and did many things we ended up regretting. It eventually got to a point where I knew I had to choose between following Christ wholeheartedly or going down a path of destruction. During the summer of 2004, I attended an unforgettable family worship night at my aunt’s house. As I was sitting there bored out of my mind, I thought to myself, “I might as well make the best use of my time,” so I opened my Bible and read the first thing my eyes landed on. It was 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. Those verses cut into my heart like a double-edged sword and I knew the Lord was calling me to repentance. I responded in faith in Christ and my life has never been the same since.
I graduated from the University of Maryland College Park (B.S.) and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.). I’m currently finishing my Master of Theology on cultural apologetics and North Korean cinematography from the same institution. Along the way, I was ordained for ministry by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Prior to joining OneU in January 2016, I served 4 ½ years at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City, MD in various capacities, mostly as the pastor of a thriving, discipleship-driven college ministry. In 2015, I also married my wife, Rachel.
HOPE FOR ONEU
My hope for OneU is that we become a ministry known for its growth through conversion, maturity through discipleship, and expansion through local church partnerships.