Our Ministry Team
Rev. Dr. Min Seok Kim
Wesleyan theologian and specialist, Rev. Dr. Min Seok Kim is the lead pastor of Chungdong First Methodist Church, English Ministry. Dr. Kim has earned his Ph.D. at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and his Th.M. at Duke University Divinity School. Dr. Kim is an adjunct professor at Baewha Women's University in Seoul and professor of theology at Henry Appenzeller University (Methodist Theologicial Seminary, USA). Dr. Kim brings to CDEM a wealth of pastoral and academic experience and interests. His fields of theological interests include amongst others, Methodist Theology, Reformation Theology, Virtue Ethics, Ecumenism, and Hermeneutics. He is a writer and translator of four books and numerous academic articles. As a father of two and husband of his lovely wife, Eunyoung Im, Dr. Kim is proud to be part of our growing global ministry without borders.
Rev. Dr. Hea-sun Kim
Rev. Dr. Hea Sun Kim is the director of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center in Seoul, Korea, and is a staff member of the UMC, USA International Ministries of United Methodist Women. Dr. Kim has been working for United Methodist Women since 1991, focusing on leadership development for Korean-American women and women of diverse backgrounds all over the United States. She also has led leadership training programs in many countries in Asia since 1993 and has been instrumental in bringing up ordinary women to become national leaders. Dr. Kim holds a Master of Theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas), and a Doctor of Ministry degree in feminist theology from the Episcopal Divinity School (Cambridge, Massachusetts). She was ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1983. Rev.Hea-Sun Kim began serving Chungdong English Ministry in 2009.
Rev. Dr. Johan Reiners
Co-Pastor: English Ministry
South African-born Johan Reiners joined Chungdong English Ministry in 2009 as part of the ministers’ team. After serving as a tenure track professor and counseling therapist at the Catholic University of Korea for several years, he relocated to Daejeon, where he is a professor and counseling therapist at Woosong University's Endicott College. Before coming to Korea, he served several congregations as a pastor of the CRC in South Africa. Internationally he was a founding member of the World Reformed Fellowship and served on the Africa EXCO of the WRF. He completed his theological studies at the University of Pretoria, the University of South Africa, and the University of Port Elizabeth. His love for music led him to study voice production at the Univ. of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela University) and the Durban Opera School. This opened up new avenues where he played an active role in the performing arts in Durban (Durban Chamber Opera, Durban Symphonic Choir, and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra). His love for radio led to a weekly broadcasting slot on the national broadcaster as well as regular programs on regional radio stations. His life's philosophy is expressed in the words of Erma Bombeck: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I will hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say: I used everything you gave me."
Pastor Jong Ju Lee
New to the EM pastoral team is Jong Ju Lee. Pastor Lee has recently earned his Master of Theology degree from Yonsei University and joined the English Ministry in May, 2023 as pastoral assistant. He will take care of pastoral and administrative duties at EM. He also teaches a career class at Shinshang Middle School and leads the worship at Younshin Women's High School.