Jin S. Kim
Jin S. Kim is founding pastor of Church of All Nations in Minneapolis, MN, and founder of Underground Seminary. His family emigrated from Korea in 1975 when Jin was 7, growing up in Columbia, SC & Atlanta in multiethnic environments. He went to Georgia Tech, Princeton Seminary, and has a DMin from Columbia Seminary. He serves as Presbyterian Church (USA) National Field Staff for English Ministries, as adjunct faculty at Dubuque Seminary, and speaks widely. Jin has a passion for the local church, for the ministry of reconciliation, and for the visible unity of the global church.
Immigrant Ministry Pastor
David was born in Kenya in 1965. After serving parishes in Nairobi and Webuye as an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, he came to the US in 1996 for advanced studies. He holds degrees from St. Paul United College in Nairobi, ITC, Candler School of Theology/Emory in Atlanta, and United Seminary in Dayton, OH where he earned a Doctor of Missiology. In addition to his current duties at Church of All Nations, he just completed his PhD in Mission & World Religions at Luther Seminary, St. Paul! He supports various immigrant fellowships here in Minnesota and beyond. He is married to Elder Lucy Njeri Mungai (Luther Seminary, PhD 2011) and has two girls: Estherjoy Wanjiku, 19, and Tabitha Wamaitha, 10. His interests include tennis, volleyball, jogging, reading & cooking.
Joo H. Kim
Joo was born in Seoul, South Korea, and after immigrating to the U.S. from the age of 3, he was raised in Atlanta, GA as a Korean PCUSA Christian. He attended Northwestern University and received an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001. He met his wife, Grace Lee, at Princeton, and upon her graduation, they were ordained together and served together in Atlanta. Joo was one of the early interns at CAN and received transformative character development and retooling for ministry from 2007 through Feb. 2009. He was then called to serve as a solo pastor at a multicultural community in St. Paul. Along with being husband to Grace, he is father to Andrew, 9, and Anna, 6. Joo is working on his D.Min. at Dubuque Theological Seminary and has added reading to his hobbies and joys along with sports, finding good deals, acquiring technical knowledge and playing games of all sorts.
Grace was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She holds degrees from UT Austin, Princeton Seminary and a Public Affairs Leadership Certificate from the University of MN. After graduating from college in 1996, Grace worked a few years in a corporate job. After a short term missions trip to the Yucatan, a year-long stint as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in England and a short-term missions trip at an orphanage in Uganda, Grace pursued a call to ministry. In seminary, she met and married her husband, Joo Kim. After graduating in 2002, she served as a college ministry pastor in Atlanta and became an ordained PCUSA Minister. Grace quit full-time ministry to move to Minnesota in 2007, so Joo could intern at CAN and to spend more time raising her then very young children. Since moving to MN, Grace has gone back to a corporate job and has served in various volunteer capacities in her neighborhood and local school district. While the family was at Knox Presbyterian Church, she served as the children’s ministry pastor. She is currently the Board Chair of Sejong Academy, which was approved by the MN Department of Education to be the first full Korean immersion charter school in the state (and nation). She recently joined a gym and enjoys the group fitness classes and sauna.
Jim Bear Jacobs
Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities. He presently lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Susan and three (soon to be four) young children.
Soon Pac Kim
Director of Children's Ministry
Soon Pac was born in Montgomery, AL in 1970 and grew up in NC and Atlanta – a real Southern belle. She went to Emory University and received her MDiv at Princeton Seminary in 1997. She loves helping to raise the beautifully diverse children of Church of All Nations in faith, as well as working with the wonderful teachers and parents. Her interests include volleyball, softball, crafts, scrapbooking and gardening, but her greatest joy comes from making her home a warm and loving place for husband, children Claire and Austin, and parents-in-law. Soon Pac and Jin love living in the land of the Frozen Chosen/Chosun and welcome guests, near and far, to come and visit any time.
Born in 1980, Dana has the distinction of sharing the same birthday as Church of All Nations – Jan. 4! She graduated from Princeton Seminary in 2006 and is certified for call by the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area. She studied for a semester in Korea while at Whitworth College, and spent a year in Ghana as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer. After learning as a padawan, er…intern, for three years, she now serves as Pastoral Assistant to our Senior Pastor. Dana is an amateur harpist, loves the outdoors and enjoys classical music, though she’s growing to appreciate Led Zeppelin and the Bee Gees – she’s finally becoming civilized! She’s a great sport and helps out in any and every way around the church. Everybody loves Danish!
Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1981, Hikari’s family came to Chicago when she was 9. She became a Christian in high school and graduated from Bethel University, and received a Master of Arts at Fuller Seminary. She was a translator for 13 mission trips to Chihuahua, and is fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish. She has a passion for exploring the intersection of multicultural and missional theology, and is finding genuine community, healing and a renewed sense of a pastoral call at Church of All Nations. Hikari loves the CAN community and is always looking for ways to build it up, including cooking amazingly delicious, healthy and cost-effective meals for the whole church every Sunday - wow!
Born in 1980, John grew up on a farm near Blue Earth, MN. Raised Lutheran/ELCA, he attended Bethel University and completed his MDiv at Bethel Seminary in 2006. He partners with Pastor Jin as the Coordinator of Internship Program in order to refine and advance our amazingly redemptive and transformative pastoral internship ministry. After many years on staff, John can now put hammer to nail and help out around the church in myriad ways. He is in the thesis phase of his MTh at Luther Seminary. He continues to reflect theologically on the practices of confession, testimony and communion in the diverse yet intimate congregation that constitutes CAN. John is certified for call by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area for pastoral ministry. His interests include reading, guitar, camping, traveling, football and basketball. He lives at Columbia Heights with his wife, Seulgee.
Laura was born in 1982 and grew up in a very Swedish environment in Wisconsin. She graduated from Northwestern College and then spent a year teaching English in the Promised Land: Korea. She discovered Church of All Nations in the fall of 2006 and fell in love with the vision, ministry and people of CAN. Her desire is to work with the whole staff and assist in any way with the variety of ministry and administrative needs and opportunities that arise on a regular basis. As a founding resident of the “Girls House” and now of the Grace House, she helps provide warm hospitality to the CAN community. Laura is thoughtful, loving and gentle, but she’s also a black belt in Taekwondo and has a wicked long reach!
KC (Kyung Chun) Kye
Director of YOUTH MINISTRY & MUSIC MINISTRY
KC was born in Korea in 1983, and was raised in the Bronx, then Ridgewood, NJ as a PK. He went to Wheaton College, and got his MDiv from Princeton Seminary in 2010. He is sociable, playful, yet contemplative. Recently, he learned to play racquetball as our winters are long. Compared to his preferred games of tennis and table tennis, racquetball proved to be highly ‘unorthodox’ in that there are no lines; rather, one must interact with the walls and work the angles in a completely enclosed space playing at an intense pace. This seemed an apt metaphor for how CAN functions and what the internship is like. KC is committed to developing genuine Christian character borne out of the crucible of suffering, perseverance and hope. Does that describe winter in Minnesota, or what?
YOUTH MINISTRY ASSISTANT
Isaac was born in Minneapolis in 1991, which makes him the youngest person on staff. He has an uncanny ability to show up for a meal at just the right time (good thing Jesus blesses those who hunger). He graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Education and Reconciliation and spends his time trying to figure out what that means for his life. He is passionate about languages and works as an English teacher for adult immigrants and refugees. He currently helps with the CAN youth ministry and renovating the library. He is a quiet, reflective type and is very grateful for the family he has at CAN.
Jin Soo Kim
Parish Resident Intern
Jin Soo was born in Seoul, Korea, and spent his childhood in Jeju Island, the Philippines and then back at Seoul until he was 15. He attended high school in Chicago and Palisades Park, NJ, and went to Georgia Tech for his BS and Masters in Aerospace Engineering. Afterwards he returned to his home country for compulsory military service and then received his MDiv at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Through his international experiences he developed a passion for an inclusive and multicultural church, which is why after serving as EM Pastor at IN2 Church he joined Church of All Nations as a parish intern. Jin Soo has a quirky love for sappy 90s ballads. He also is passionate about new ways of worshiping God, and has a knack for technology and gadgets. He lives in one of CAN's community housing. He is married to In Kyung.
Part-time Parish Intern
Ebony Adedayo was born in 1983 in Milwaukee, WI. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2001 to attend college, and earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies (Cross Cultural minor) from North Central University in 2006, and a Master of Global and Contextual Studies from Bethel Seminary in 2010. A licensed minister, she has served with youth, young adults, and was the director of mission’s ministry at a church in South Minneapolis from 2009-2012. Ebony is passionate about the intersection of faith, justice, and reconciliation and is the author of Dancing on Hot Coals and Embracing a Holistic Faith: Essays on Biblical Justice. She currently lives in Roseville, with her husband Tope and her daughter Tami who is 3, and son Teni who is 10 months old. .
Seulgee Lee Nelson
Born in Korea in 1984, Seulgee is currently a full-time PhD student in collaborative piano at the University of Minnesota. She came to MN in 2008 to advance her studies, and made CAN her family and home right away. Besides being an amazing pianist, her favorite hobbies are reading and sleeping in. She lives at Columbia Heights with her husband, John.
Born in 1983 and raised in Elbow Lake, MN, Maggie grew up kind of anxious and athletic. Maggie is a graduate of Northwestern College and received her MDiv at Columbia Seminary in Atlanta. She will be doing her CPE in Minneapolis in summer of 2014. She faithfully led our youth ministry as a Parish Resident Intern for 3 years, sharing her faith honestly and vulnerably. She also spent a year teaching English in Korea and is proud to have kimchee running through her veins. She totally fits in at Church of All Nations!