Speakers

Seminar Speakers

Rev. Paul Chi is the lead pastor of Harvest Church of Madison, located in the heart of the University of Wisconsin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sojin are proud parents of Daniel and Karis.

Seminar(s): Knowing Godís Will


Dr. Jon Choi serves as Lead Pastor at Global Harvest Church in Dallas, Texas. He received a B.S. in Industrial Technology from San Jose State University (1991) and an M. Div (1997) and a Ph. D. in Old Testament (2005) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University. Passionate about teaching and preaching, he has taught and spoken at various functions and seminars in 15 countries around the globe. Praising God through music is also one of his passions, and he has toured extensively as a guitarist with praise bands such as Living Praise (Christ For The Nations Institute), Proclaim, and now with Eight Hour Shift, an alternative Christian rock band. He and his wife, Janet, and two daughters, Danielle and Andrea, reside in Lewisville, TX.

Seminar(s): How to Read the Bible Effectively | Understanding the God of the OT


Rev. Yun Choi is the Lead Pastor at New Life Community Church. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently resides in Palatine, IL with his wife Jean and two kids, Caleb and Abigail. He has a passion for sports and loves the Fighting Illini and the White Sox! Rev. Choiís vision is to reach out to those that arenít connected to a church community and to raise believers that are committed to changing the world.

Seminar(s): Evangelism: Lessons from Jesus and Social Networks


Rev. John Chong currently serves as the English Ministry pastor at Alliance Fellowship Church in Hoffman Estates, IL. He majored in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary. He is married to Janice and they are proud parents of five children, Johnathan, Jeremy, Josiah, Joanna and Julia.

Seminar(s): Calling Oriented Life


Rev. KJ Kim is an associate pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church. He graduated with a Bachelor of Secondary Math Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Master of Divinity from Covenant Seminary. He has been serving at CFC since 2008. Pastor KJ is married to Susie and they are blessed with three daughters, Sarah, Eunice and Mary and a son, Samuel.

Seminar(s): Small Group Leadership


Dr. Mitch Kim served at West Alliance Church for sixteen years until he was commissioned by that church to plant Living Water in 2011. He was born in southern California, raised in Tokyo, and educated in Chicago. He was called into ministry while studying philosophy as an undergraduate at Wheaton College (B.A.) and trained for ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his M.Div. After five years of full-time ministry, he returned to study Biblical Theology at Wheaton College Graduate School (M.A., Biblical Exegesis; Ph.D. New Testament Biblical Theology), where he has also taught as an adjunct instructor. His hobbies include running, playing with his daughters Elise (b. 2002), Ana (b. 2004) and Eden (b. 2010) and drinking good coffee with his wife Eunsil. Favorite authors include Wendell Berry, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Jonathan Edwards. He is ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Seminar(s): Discipleship: Reaching Millions | Expanding Eden: A Biblical Theology of Mission


Dr. Sang Caleb Kim received his Bachelors and Masters in Anatomy at the University of Illinois and his medical degree at Midwestern Medical School, IL. He has served in the past in youth groups, with the college ministry at CFC, and on an elder board. He also provides personal/marriage counseling and lectures/teaches in various churches. He is a family practice physician and currently resides in Dallas, TX with his wife, Sora and his kids Joseph, Anna, and Yohann.

Seminar(s): Confessions of a Christian Doctor | Heart Motives


Thomas Kim is an entrepreneur and angel investor in the Chicago area. With a passion for marketplace missions, Thomas has maintained a full-time job alongside various ministry responsibilities for much of his career. Formerly, he served as the Executive Director of Churches Helping Churches, a ministry that helped churches recover from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake and 2011 Japan Tsunami. From 2002-2007, Thomas served as the youth pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church. He has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Seminar(s): International Relief and Development | Pursuing a Professional Career for Christ


Rev. Rich Kohng was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After graduating from the University of Illinois and seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he served in youth ministry in Chicago for over ten years. He's the lead pastor of The Ninth Hour, a church with a social justice focus in the near west side of Chicago. He lives in the city with his wife (Selena) and two boys (Micah and Lucas). He also works in the University Ministries Department of North Park University as the Urban Outreach Coordinator.

Seminar(s): Social Justice


Rev. Jung Lee is the pastor of Covenant Life Church, a church plant started in September 2010 at the University of Minnesota. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA, and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). He served as an associate pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Champaign, IL for thirteen years (1997-2010) caring for the needs of college students and young adults. He is married to Christine and they are proud parents of four sons, Enoch, Daniel, Abel and Ezra. He is passionate about raising a healthy Christ-centered family and leading others to center their lives around Christ.

Seminar(s): The Church


Dr. Steve Lee is the lead pastor at Immanuel Community Church. Prior to coming to Immanuel, Steve served as a missionary doctor and educator with Africa Inland Mission, International, for five years in Kenya, Africa. For four years he served as a medical director of AIC Kapsowar Hospital in western Kenya. In his last year on the field, he taught at Scott Theological College in Machakos, Kenya. He and his wife, Betty, have five children: Joy, Noelle, Luke, Bethany, and Judah.

Seminar(s): Journey into Leadership


Dr. Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator and sought after conference speaker with Paul Tripp Ministries, Paul is on the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he preaches on Sunday evenings and leads the Ministry to Center City. Paul is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He is the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written eleven books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally, including Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands; War of Words; Broken Down House; and Crossway's Whiter Than Snow. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources visit www.paultrippministries.org.

Seminar(s): The Present Benefits of the Grace of Christ