Meet Woong Kee Kim
Home country: Republic of Korea
Home church: Manna Methodist Church in Seongnam, South Korea
Degree program: Master of Divinity
Other degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University Goizueta Business School
My call to ministry:
At Emory, I met a great community at Journey Church of Atlanta. I learned a lot from them about what it is to be a true follower of Christ. Whenever I went back home to Korea, I became upset on seeing that my friends became lost in their journey with Christ when they went to college. I realized that it was hard for them to find a community that could keep them accountable. By comparing my faith journey in the States with what my friends were going through back at home, I learned the significance of community. Thus, I want to go back to Korea and provide the young people there with a strong church community that can keep them accountable throughout their walk with Christ.
Why I chose Garrett-Evangelical:
My father is an alumnus of Garrett-Evangelical, and I lived here for about two years while he was studying. Even though I was very young and was at the seminary for a short period of time, Garrett-Evangelical and the Evanston area felt like home. Because I was planning to study for at least three years, I thought it would be nice to go to the place where I would feel most comfortable and welcomed.
What has surprised me:
I was surprised by how much Garrett-Evangelical cares about social justice issues. Although I understood the importance of addressing social justice issues, I had never really focused on them before. I am glad that Garrett-Evangelical encouraged me to be more aware and active in this area.
My future plans:
My dream is to be a full-time pastor who ministers to college students and young adults in Korea. However, my heart is open to further discernment during my seminary studies, and wherever God calls me, I will follow.