Rev. Changki Kim

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Interestingly, my Methodist parents believed that I was going to be a pastor even before my birth. Though I often doubted that, it shaped within me an identity as a servant of God. When I was a teenager, I loved going to the youth program of my home church and learned many things there: love, teamwork, leadership, acting, instruments, and ping pong. Most of all, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior through the church’s youth ministry.

After high school, I entered a Methodist Seminary in Seoul. I cherish many good memories of the time, but the best one is that I started dating Jihyun at the seminary. We got married in 2011, after five years of dating. We have two children: Johnny (9), who likes reading and Legos, and Joy (7), who loves singing and dancing.

I came to the US in 2012 to study more. I wanted to explore diverse expressions of Christian faith beyond my own culture and tradition. Actually, I ran away from an imminent full-time ministry opportunity, for I felt the weight of ministry heavy. Thanks to my growth in trusting God’s grace and being in ministry with others, I was able to stop running away.

I served as a Sunday school teacher, a praise team leader, and a youth pastor in Korea. While studying in the US, I served two Korean UMC as a seminary intern. I worked for and with children at the churches. In 2016, I graduated from M. Div. program at Garrett Seminary and started a full-time ministry in a small town where lakes are good, Chetek. I also had an opportunity to work in a different setting as I have been serving the Community UMC in Elm Grove.

I love making coffee for someone, drawing, and anything about music. A new hobby that I found in WI is fishing, and my problem is that I am too generous to catch many. My passion is building a welcoming and inclusive community for all people, including different generations, and growing together in faith and love.

CHURCH STAFF

Pastor, Changki Kim, (262)567-2144
Administrative Assistant, Deanna Bruso  (262)567-2144
Little Lambs Christian Child Care and Preschool Director, Shannon Brennecke
Music Director,  Jonathan Kim
Sunday School Coordinator, Bethany Staus

GOOD SHEPHERD MINISTRY TEAMS

Hospitality Chair, Beth Heller
Worship/Music Chair, Michele Pakenham
Stewardship/Finance Chair, Jen Stoltenburg
Mission/Service Chair, Wendy Wilson Uhl

SUPPORT TEAMS

SPRC Chair,
Trustee Chair, Rob Batura
Church Council Chair, Brad Ducklow