Rev. Heewon Kim is an ordained elder in the Northern Illinois Conference. He was born in South Korea and grew up in Seoul. Though he attended church from his birth, his high school years became a milestone as he met Jesus personally and in a genuine level he accepted Him as Lord and Savior in a Methodist revival movement. He wanted to major in music. But he felt call to ministry as well. Finally, he majored in Philosophy of Religion at Methodist Theological University in Korea in 2004 and during the time he served two local churches as a student pastor for youth and worship. After graduation, he served in military as an army officer from 2004-2008. After the service, he came back to school of theology and studied till 2010. And in the same seminary, Heewon met Jay and they got married. After seven months of the honeymoon, they came to the U.S for their further study in December 2010.
He attended Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2014. He served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Dixon, IL from 2014-2020. And he started his ministry with wonderful people at New Life United Methodist Church in 2020.
Pastor Heewon believes that God called him in a cross racial / cross cultural ministry to cultivate our hearts and minds to be more like Jesus, accepting, embracing, sharing, and even celebrating our diversity in God’s creation.
Heewon and his wife, Jay (Hyesang), live with their lovely two sons: Joshua and Joel. Heewon loves music, movie, fishing, travel, hospitality, baseball, and time with friends and family.
His passion and vision is to connect people with God through Christ Jesus so that they may join together loving God and loving people with joy, hope, love, and peace just as Jesus did. And he is thrilled how God will work in us and carry out God’s vision and dream for our church and each of our lives. One of his favorite scripture passages is “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”(Rom 8:24, NRSV)” Heewon says, "Because I know God works thorough my life with my gifts as well as my weaknesses."