NASHVILLE, Tenn. | GBOD – Rev. David Kwangki Kim, Director of Korean Resources for United Methodist Communications, will join the staff of the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Oct. 1 to direct the office of Korean American, Asian American and Pacific Islander Ministries.
"Through the years, this office has proven to be a valuable asset for the United Methodist Church in equipping this group of leaders to more effectively serve as they guide their congregations," says MaryJane Pierce Norton, Associate General Secretary for the GBOD's Leadership Ministries.
"We feel Rev. Kim's background and talents in resource development, as well as his experience in leading congregations and in mission service, will greatly benefit all who will work with him," she says.
Kim will provide resources, training, research and networks for resourcing leaders in the Korean American, Asian American and Pacific Islander ministry areas, Norton says.
"The Koreans and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are a small population in the United States and as well in the United Methodist Church, but we are a growing population and congregation," says Kim, an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. "I'm excited to connect with them and consult with them and equip the leaders of their communities. It's exciting to walk with them."
At UMCom, Kim has been responsible for editing and managing the Korean magazine and the website, www.KoreanUMC.org, since 2008.
He will assume the position previously held by the Rev. Sungnam Choi, who left GBOD in June to begin serving as senior pastor of the Korean Community Church of New Jersey United Methodist in Englewood, N.J.
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