Chung-Dong First Methodist Church, English Ministry was born on 1 June 1997 as an outreach to the many foreigners in Seoul and surrounding areas. From its inception, the ministry was supported by a diverse international community consisted of foreigners, many Koreans who previously lived and work overseas as well as Korean members who wished to improve their English skills.
During the past 20+ years, the English Ministry has established itself firmly as an international community of faith with people from various church traditions worshiping in harmony.
Contemporary Worship: Sundays at 9.30 in Bethel Chapel. The early morning Contemporary Worship is marked by a less-informal gathering with mostly contemporary worship music and liturgy. The focus is on young adults and their needs.
Vibrant Traditional Worship: Sundays at 2.00 in the Main Sanctuary.
Every Sunday at 2.00 pm worshipers gather in the Main Sanctuary for a more formal, yet vibrant celebration of God’s presence. The focus during this service is mainly on Holy Communion and the Word of God as central points.
Kid’s Worship: Children play a very important role in our Ministry. Every Sunday at 12.50 a dedicated group of Kid’s Worship instructors and kid’s gather for a time of worship. Once again, a diverse group of international students along with Koreans gather to celebrate God’s presence and learn from the Bible. The annual Vacation Bible School forms an integral part of ministry life.
Chung-dong First Methodist Church is the birthplace of Korean Protestantism. Established and started in 1885 by the pioneer American missionary Henry Appenzeller, the church has always been a vital meeting point between East and West and a place where the beauty of diversity is celebrated in God's unity. This important feature of the church has gained further prominence when the English Ministry was launched in 1997 and had its first service on June 1 in the historic Bethel Chapel.
Throughout the years, the English Ministry has established itself as a spiritual home to both foreigners who live and work in Korea, and the English speaking Koreans who form the majority of the ministry. The EM identifies itself as a networking and 'station' ministry where people from all over the world come to worship during their stay in Korea. Our EM is indeed not a static nor exclusive ministry, but sees itself as dynamic, new and inclusive. The doors of the ministry are always open to those who want to come and celebrate the life and resurrection of Christ and share the Word of God.
What We Believe
Rev. Dr. Johan Reiners
Assistant-Pastor: English Ministry
South African born Johan Reiners joined Chung-dong English Ministry in 2009. He is a tenure track professor at The Catholic University of Korea where he lectures and serves as counseling therapist for international students and faculty. As an ordained Reformed pastor he served various congregations in South Africa and was also deeply involved in training pastors as lecturer. Internationally he was a founding member of the World Reformed Fellowship and served on the Africa EXCO of the WRF. He studied theology at the Evangelical Reformed Theological Seminary, University of South Africa, University of Port Elizabeth and the University of Pretoria. 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 would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say: I used everything You gave me."
Rev. Sandra Chong-Ah Kim
Assistant-Pastor: English Ministry
Rev. Sandra was born in Korea but grew up in New Delhi, Germany, Switzerland, US and Singapore.
After college, she worked as the International PR Manager of Hotel Shilla, Samsung where she interviewed numerous foreign dignitaries in international events and Presidential visits.
She majored in English and journalism at Ewha Womans University, AATP at UCLA Law School, then received an M. Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary.
After Fuller, she served the ‘Bridge’ ministry at Bel Air Church in California. Upon returning to Seoul, she joined Chungdong First Methodist Church and led its Young Adults of English Ministry since 2014 and is also an English Chaplain at Sejong University.
She is married with two boys and a puppy.
Rev. Dr. Se-Hyoung Lee
Senior Pastor: English Ministry
Reverend Se Hyoung Lee studied undergrad and graduate school at Methodist Theological University of Korea, and did his M.Div. and Ph.D. at Drew University in the United States. He served as a pastor at Oakhill Durham UMC and Vancortlandtville UMC in New York. He was ordained as a Deacon and Elder Minister of the New York Annual Conference and returned in 1996 to Korea to serve as Missions Pastor of Chungdong First Methodist Church, and it was then that he founded the English Ministry. Currently Rev. Lee is teaching Systematic Theology at Hyupsung University and serving as the pastor of the Chungdong English Ministry. His dream is to make the Chungdong E.M. a site of global exchange.
Rev. Dr. Hea-sun Kim
Rev. Dr. Heasun Kim is the director of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center in Seoul, Korea and is a staff member of International Ministries of United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Church, USA. 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. She 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 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.