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 church and learned many things there through youth group meetings and events: love, teamwork, leadership, acting, instruments, and ping pong. Most of all, I personally accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior then.

After high school, I entered a Methodist Seminary in Seoul. I met my wife, 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 Theology 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 was heavy. Thanks to my growth in trusting God’s grace and working with others in ministry, I was finally able to stop running away.

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

I love making coffee for others, 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 (Read the article about Pastor Changki and his journey from Oconomowoc Enterprise).

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

Trustee Chair, Rob Batura
Church Council Chair, Brad Ducklow