Pastor Hogun Kim was born and raised in a non-Christian family in South Korea. He first heard about the love of God and put his faith in Jesus Christ at Glory Methodist Church in his hometown at the age of eight. God called Hogun to be a pastor when he was fifteen years old. During his faith journey, God’s grace brought almost every one of his family members into the Christian faith.
He received his undergraduate degree from Seoul National University in South Korea while serving as a lay church leader at Seoul Samil Church. Hogun also served as a member of Seoul National University Christian Club Association Committee. In 2008, Hogun began to serve as the youth pastor at Pucheon Church, where he first met his wife, Shinae Lee. Shinae is a pastor’s daughter and she majored in piano. They were married in 2009. In 2010 Hogun became an assistant pastor at Seoul Samil Church, mainly serving the adult and young adult congregations.
In 2012, Hogun moved to Evanston, IL where he began attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He also began serving the Korean United Methodist Church of South Suburban Chicago in Homewood, IL. as a student pastor. While pursuing ordained ministry Hogun served as the Director of the Adult Education and Small Group Ministry from 2012 to 2013. In 2014, he became a youth pastor at the same church. After completing the Master of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2015, Hogun started serving Zion UMC as a solo pastor as of July 1, 2015.
Hogun has a passion for serving God’s people as a shepherd, walking together with and living among them. He loves to visit church members and families, having meaningful conversations with them and giving careful attention to them so that he can be a conduit of God’s unconditional love.