Gospel City Church | About
Gospel City is a gospel-centered, English-speaking (English ministry) church in Seoul, Korea. Located in the heart of Itaewon at the Hamilton Hotel.
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About

LEAD PASTOR

OUR TEAM

MISSION & VISION

OUR VALUES

LEAD PASTOR

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FAMILY

LEAD PASTOR

Joel Yoon

joel@thegospelcity.org

WIFE

Sharon Yoon [Married since May 21, 2005]

CHLIDREN

Kara [Feb 19, 2009],

Judah [Aug 6, 2015]

Jonah [Aug 6, 2015]

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

Founding & Lead Pastor @ Gospel City Church

Executive & Discipleship Pastor @ Onnuri English Ministry

College & Missions Pastor @ Crossroads Presbyterian Church

Youth Pastor @ Full Gospel Church in St. Louis

PUBLICATIONS
MINISTRY GIFTS

Preaching

Teaching

Shepherding

Counseling

Visionary

EDUCATION

University of Illinois – B.A. in Economics

Covenant Theological Seminary – M. Div.

In Christianity Daily

Joel considers himself one of the most blessed people in the world. He does not remember a day when Jesus was not his Savior and Lord. The moment he began pastoring, he knew that is what God created him to do. As a pastor both his passions for God and for people intersect. When not doing ministry, you can find Joel talking with his wife Sharon. He claims that on average they talk about 1-2 hours a day. If not with his wife, he can be found playing games with their lovely daughter, Kara. He also recently had twin boys. When they are not crying, sleeping or eating, you can find Joel trying to make them laugh!

 

Joel has published The Disciple Maker which he contributed to and co-edited. He is also a regular writer for the daily devotional Living Life and an editor for the youth devotional SENA. A few things that will always strike up a conversation with Joel are theology, coffee and sports.

OUR TEAM

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Watching Eunice do children’s ministry, it is hard not to be blessed by her love for children. This passion drove her to publish a book about how children can do their devotions in English.

Eunice Yun

Children's Ministry Director
May 2016a

Mira is one of five girls in her family. She graduated from Gordon College. Her love for people led her to spend almost three years as a missionary to Guinea, West Africa. She is a student at Torch Seminary and it has stirred a passion for God’s Word and theology.

Mira Ahn

Intern

CORE LAUNCH TEAM

OUR MISSION

To transform people, cultures, cities and nations through the gospel by raising disciples of Christ and planting healthy churches for the glory of God

OUR VISION

To help build God’s Kingdom by realizing the full beauty and power of the church that raises authentic Jesus followers that carry the gospel forward until Jesus’ mission of redemption is accomplished

OUR VALUES

Gospel-centered WORSHIP

At Gospel City, it’s all about Jesus Christ. Christianity is the only religion founded on news. It is about Jesus and what He has done. We live in a very fallen world. It’s undeniable. But Jesus came to redeem this broken world and He has done so by His very life, death and resurrection. When Christ died, He took upon the wrath of God for the penalty of our sins on the cross. Three days later, He resurrected, conquering sin and death once and for all. This is the great gospel message. 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. We celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 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)

Raising DISCIPLES

When you come to know Jesus and His teachings, you realize that He didn’t want fans, He wanted followers. This was the last command He gave to His disciples. We are committed to raising and equipping disciples of Christ. We desire to see gospel-centered, spirit-filled disciples, rightly handling His Word, mature in faith and faithfully living for Him. (Matthew 9:37-38, 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 6:3; 2 Timothy 2:15)

Engaging CULTURE

Culture is a by-product of human dwelling. To truly know and love a people group is to genuinely know their culture. Effective gospel witness understands the culture and 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 counter-cultural. 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)

Planting CHURCHES

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)

Authentic COMMUNITY

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)

Helping the HURTING

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 benefactors 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)

Loving the CITY

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 are great places to live and play a very important role both in today’s society and 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 seeking its growth. (Jeremiah 29:6-7; Jonah 4:10-11; Acts 16-19)

Finishing the MISSION

When Jesus left the earth, He left the church with 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)