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.
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 trained 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 and has been with us since January of 2011. He is married to Eun Young and have three adult children who are away in college and work.
Emily Kim was born and raised in Korea until the age of 13 when she moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois. She re-dedicated her life to Christ and started her personal relationship with the Lord during high school. She majored in History at N.I.U and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2014 with M.Div degree. She has been with Bethany since February 2015. She believes that it is her life calling to live a life of worshiper who knows, loves, and enjoys God. It is her joy to help others to live as truthful worshipers.
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 her dog, Noopy, who knows how to smile on command!