Onaway United Methodist
Saturday, July 21, 2018
A church with Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Pastor's Letter

Dear Onaway/Millersburg UMC,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

First and foremost I want to express my deepest gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to join the Onaway/Millersburg family as your new pastor. I give thanks to God for leading me to Onaway/Millersburg UMC and for allowing me to meet this wonderful and loving group of people.

I am looking forward to meeting you and having the chance to introduce myself. Thank you for being so welcoming and thoughtful towards my husband, Jung Du Paik (you can call him, "JD") and I. We know you have prayed for us and we can feel God's help through your prayers.

On our moving day, when we came to the parsonage the first thing we saw was a welcome sign on the bright green paper. The sign was touching and we both exclaimed "that is so sweet~!!!" at the same time. That was our first impression on our first day in Onaway and Millersburg. We have not only felt welcomed but also already loved by our new church home. Thank you for all of your hospitality. Although I have not met all of you yet, the smiles that those of you I have met banished my worries I had before coming here. I have so much hope and excitement for the time that we will share together as a family at Onaway/ Millersburg UMC in Christ.

To help introduce myself, let me share with you a bit about my journey:

I was born and raised in South Korea in a Korean Christian family that belonged to a Korean Methodist Church. My parents are devout Christians, so I have grown up with my parents' prayers and support. I am the oldest daughter among five siblings in my family, and I have one younger sister and three younger brothers. My family moved to Iowa in 2006, and they all still live in Iowa.

After I earned my Associates of Art degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa I transferred to New York State University at Stony Brook, and majored in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I moved back to Iowa and worked. While living in Iowa, I was reminded of my calling to be a pastor and pastoral counselor, which was part of a promise I made to follow God's call when I was in high school. As a young adult I realized again that God calls me to serve people as a pastor. So, I changed my plans from studying Psychology further and instead applied to seminary. I studied theology and earned my Master of Divinity (M. Div) at Boston University, School of Theology in Massachusetts.

When I was a seminary student in Boston, I served at Good Shepherded UMC of Malden, MA for two years as an intern/student pastor. After graduating I moved to Michigan in July, 2015 and served Korean First Central UMC, Madison Heights until last June. And, as God leads me, now I am here in Onaway/Millersburg as a new pastor with a grateful and joyful heart.

My husband JD and I were married in October 2016, so we are fairly newlyweds. He is an ordained pastor in the American Baptist Church and is serving the Korean Church of Ann Arbor as a youth pastor. 

There are still a lot of boxes in the parsonage waiting for me to open them, but we open them with excited hearts for our new adventure in Onaway/Millersburg with you. I believe that God led me here and that God has a special plan for Onaway/Millersburg UMC, so it is an honor for to me to join this community and I hope we can fulfill God's plan together.

Let us allow our faith to grow together as one in Christ Jesus and share God’s love together inside and outside of the church as a loving and faith community. I hope that we can enjoy the pleasure of worshiping God together and our lives themselves can be the worship. I am here to pray for and with you as a pastor, friend, and family as we are all one in Christ Jesus. Even though I am still a stranger and unfamiliar, through time spent worshiping God together, sharing our lives, and praying for each other, I hope develop our relationship and that our relationship with God can develop more fully together. I am enthusiastically looking forward to our time together in Onaway/Millersburg UMC with a joyful and grateful heart. I am really happy and honored to be your new pastor.

Thank you so much.
Peace be with you!

Pastor YooJin Kim