The vision statement at Bethany is “Know God, Love God, Share God.”
It’s a simple description of what we strive to be and do. The overarching mission of every church is the Great Commission, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NRSV). The second part about being a witness is what we are called to do. The first part, being empowered by the Holy Spirit, is the heart-power for that work. Jesus said it well, “apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). We know that it all begins with being rooted in God.
And so we want to be a church that seeks to know God better, love God deeper, and share God everywhere. God first reached down to us through Jesus his Son and showed himself to us as love. In love, Jesus took on human form, in love, Jesus lived a humble life, in love, he offered his life as our sacrifice and was beaten and died. And in love he rose again, offered us peace and reconciliation with God, and commanded us to know God better, love God deeper, and share God everywhere, inside the church with fellow believers, but also outside the walls of the church, near and far.
Lead Pastor – Rev. Jin Bae (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rev. Jin Bae grew up in Los Angeles, California and attended University of Southern California as an Electrical Engineering major. Upon graduation, he responded to God’s call to become a pastor and so studied at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA; M.Div.) and Yonsei United Graduate School of Theology (Seoul, Korea; Th.M.). He was ordained through PC (USA) in 1998. Beginning January of 2011, Pastor Jin and his family answered God’s call to serve at Bethany. He is married to Eun Young, and they have three adult children, Christopher, David & Charis.
Youth Pastor – Keion Jackson (email@example.com)
Keion Jackson is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He studied Philosophy and Religion with concentrations in Existentialism and Christian Ethics with a minor in Classical Voice at New Jersey City University. Keion holds certifications in Biblical History and Christian Thought from Harvard Divinity School and New York Theological Seminary. He has authored two books and is currently working on a new book entitled entitled “Exploring Psalms.” Keion Jackson is also an Ordained Minister in the Baptist Church and is discerning seminary programs. In his spare time he enjoys golf, reading, and conducting his choir Voices of Hope. Keion currently resides in Morris County, New Jersey.
Music Director – Jodie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jodie Kim started playing piano at age 3. After graduating Manhattan School of Music, she pursued a career as a Piano teacher, educating young children in NJ and NY. She’s been blessed with a growing number of students each year and loves being able to help the young minds appreciate music. Jodie leads our excellent choir. She enjoys a GOOD cup of coffee, likes to watch movies with her husband, Jung, and loves spending time with their baby daughter Sion.