Pastor Joel is the lead pastor of Gospel city. He came to Korea in 2011 with a heart to preach a grace saturated gospel and eat delicious Korean food. (He has done both!) In 2015, the Lord put it on Pastor Joel's heart to see healthier gospel-centered churches in Korea. In hopes to see a church planting movement of gospel-centered churches, he planted Gospel City.
Pastor Shin and his wife Hana joined Gospel City Church in the fall of 2017. Since then, they have been faithfully serving our church as interns and ministry leaders. Pastor Shin recently graduated from Torch Trinity Graduate University with an M.Div. (Masters of Divinity). In April 2020, he joined the pastoral staff as the assistant pastor.
Pastor Shawn grew up frequently moving back and forth between Seoul and Maryland, USA. Having spent more than a decade living in Korea, he has a heart for the country. Upon graduating from college in the US in 2011, he came to Korea for work and after several years, was eventually called to ministry. Pastor Shawn graduated from Chongshin Theological Seminary in March 2020. After serving three years as a children’s pastor at a Korean church, he and his wife, Hannah, joined Gospel City in September 2020 as the Education Pastor at Gospel City Church.
Daniel has been part of Gospel City since its beginning. Although being a part of Gospel City was great, it wasn’t long before he felt lonely being the only college student at the time. Seeing the need for ministries that invited college students, he started a College Ministry in 2019. It started off as a small project that simply shared the Gospel to visiting college students from across the world. This little project kindled his passion for reaching college students with the Gospel. He is now an Intern at Gospel City and is leading College Plus, where he hopes to live out the Gospel with more college students.
Grace grew up in Korea and was raised in the UK as a musician. She felt the call as a worship leader from a young age, and became a member of the Korea Gospel Song Association as a gospel singer in 2013. After moving back to Korea in recent years, she joined Gospel City Church in the spring of 2019. She has been serving as part of the worship team for some time and has joined the Staff from 2020. With a heart to draw the congregation together in one voice and heart in worship to God, she is now faithfully serving as the Music Director.
Eli crossed paths with Gospel City in 2018 as she was visiting Korea for three months. During that short
time, she was blessed by serving in the Welcoming Team, joining a Community Group, and even
becoming a member! Two years later, she saw that Gospel City was looking for an administrator. In her
desire to use her administrative skills to uplift the church, she applied from half-way across the globe
(Argentina), got the job, and moved to Korea to be a part of the Gospel City staff in 2020.
At Gospel City, it’s all about Jesus Christ and what He has done through His very life, death and resurrection. It’s a life-saving and life-changing message of grace, received through faith in the person and work of Christ. Our worship gatherings, and furthermore, our lives are all a response to the gospel. On Sundays, you will notice that from the songs that we sing, the prayers that we pray, and the sermons that are preached, we are uncompromisingly about Jesus. (Luke 24:27; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 15:3-4; Galatians 1:6; 2:14; Colossians 2:9)
When you come to know Jesus and His teachings, you realize that He didn’t want fans. He wanted disciples. This was the last command He gave: make disciples. We are committed to raising and equipping disciples of Christ. We desire to see gospel-centered, spirit-filled disciples rightly handling His Word, maturing in faith, and faithfully living for Him. (Matthew 9:37-38, 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 6:3; 2 Timothy 2:15)
The kingdom of God is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. We have the privilege of doing church in one of the most diverse corners of the world. In order to build a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church, we all must be willing to step out of our cultural comfort zones and proactively embrace people of other ethnicities and cultures. (Genesis 11:1-9; Luke 10:25-37; John 17:20-23; Acts 11:19-26; 13:1ff.; Galatians 3:28)
Culture is a byproduct of human dwelling. To truly know and love a people group is to genuinely know their culture. Effective gospel witness understands the culture—its worldview, beliefs, values, and idols. In order to successfully minister to a people group or generation, we must know how the gospel specifically addresses and redeems that culture. We want to equip our church members to understand how families, work, entertainment, and the arts all intersect with faith. This also means being countercultural. In the areas we see God’s ways conflicting with the world’s, we will follow God’s ways and form a kingdom culture that will be a bright light in the city. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15; Acts 17; 1 John 2:15)
In order to finish God’s mission, churches must be planting new churches. Churches are a vital means in furthering God’s mission. It’s the model we see the disciples use in order to disciple believers and reach nations. We are committed to planting new churches and helping other churches grow healthier. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; Titus 1:5)
When Jesus left the Earth, He gave his disciples the authority to establish the church. The church is not a building, nor is it even a service we attend, but it the gathering of His followers coming together to worship Him and to do life together. At Gospel City, because of the gospel, we highly value authenticity as we try to love God and love each other. We are a community in Christ, on mission for Christ, helping each other run to Christ. (Romans 12:1; Ephesians 2:19-21; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25)
Throughout scripture, the hurting were always at the center of God’s heart. Jesus often went out of His way to help the outcast, the sick, the oppressed, and the poor. In fact, this is the reason Jesus came. We realize we are the beneficiaries of Jesus’ compassions. The ministry of the disciples was no different. The church was to carry on this ministry of mercy and justice. Because of the gospel, we are compelled to go out of our way to love as Christ did. (Proverbs 29:7; Matthew 14:14; Luke 10:25-37; Acts 6:1-3; James 1:27)
As Gospel City is located in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the need for healthy gospel ministry is great! Cities play a very important role both in today’s society and in God’s kingdom. When a city is able to flourish, many more are benefited. In order to love our neighbors well, we need to love the city well by seeking the welfare of this city. Apostle Paul understood the importance of reaching cities. In fact, Paul’s ministry was strategically focused on cities. There are people from over 60 countries living within a small two-mile radius of Gospel City. We want to improve the quality of life in the city by sharing the hope we have in the gospel and by meeting its needs. (Jeremiah 29:6-7; Jonah 4:10-11; Acts 16-19)
When Jesus left the earth, He left the church a mission. It was the same mission that God started with Abraham in Genesis 12 - to bless all the nations. God is on a mission to create a new city, void of sin, brokenness and pain. Gospel City is fully committed to keeping the mission of God at the center, not being sidetracked with other lesser things. We are committed to reaching the next generation and reaching the unreached. (Genesis 12:1-3; Mark 13:10; Matthew 24:14, 28:18-20; Revelations 7:9)
Gospel City started off in Pastor Joel & Sharon’s apartment. We met to worship, study the Bible, and pray as we prepared to launch in January 2016. We are so thankful for the hard work and prayers that laid down the foundation of this church. Most of them have moved on to other parts of the world, but to us, they will always be a part of our church community.