Pastor Peace Kim
Pastor PyungAhn “Peace” Kim joined Lodi UMC in July 2019 with his family – wife Jongjin, daughter Claire, son Clay.
His Korean name, PyungAhn, means peace. His parents gave me the name because they hope their son will bring the peace of Christ to others. Pastor Peace says, “As was my parents’ prayer, it is my prayer and understanding of my vocation that I may live out God’s call to proclaim Christ’s peace by words and actions in this world.”
Pastor Peace’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Sogang University, Seoul, and a Master of Theology with a focus on missiology from the United Graduate School of Theology in Yonsei University, Seoul. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He confessed, however, that the most important theological, ministerial, and life lessons came from his parents who taught through their lives the importance of faith, family, and respect for others, especially the elderly and the marginalized.
He came to Lodi with various experiences in ministry. He served as student pastor in charge of young adult ministry and as an intern chaplain at a continuing care retirement community. After graduating seminary, he served as pastor of Elroy and Wonewoc United Methodist Churches in Wisconsin and then as the associate pastor of Whitefish Bay UMC. Beyond parish ministries, he also serve as the conference’s Peace With Justice Coordinator and a member of South West District Committee for Ordained Ministry, and represents the conference in the Board of Directors of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
Pastor Peace’s email: PastorPeace@LodiUMC.org