Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28: 19-20
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The Korean Experience in North America
Hello, my name is Henry Koh, and I would like to welcome you to the Korean Ministries home page. The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is committed to reaching all people groups in the US and Canada for Jesus Christ, and Koreans are key among these groups. Since the 1970s, about two million Koreans have immigrated to the US and Canada. Because of the strong presence of Presbyterian and other evangelical churches in Korea, a great number of those immigrants are Christians. As a result, over the past three decades, about 4,000 Korean language churches have been planted across the US and Canada by these first generation Koreans. There are about 200 Korean PCA churches and more than 450 Korean PCA pastors in the US and abroad.
Most first generation Koreans living in North America prefer a Korean language church. Korean Americans (born in North America), however, are often comfortable with English language churches. And when Korean Americans are called to ministry, they have the capabilities in terms of language and culture to serve more broadly and provide leadership on varied ethnic fronts. MNA Korean Ministries, led by Henry Koh, seeks to work in cooperation with Korean language and other PCA churches to identify and develop Korean America church planters. In addition, first generation Korean churches will be assisted in addressing the changes and adjustments in ministry often required as a result of language and cultural transition.
The vision of MNA Korean Ministries is to reach Korean Americans and other people groups of North America with the Gospel of Christ through the planting of multiethnic PCA churches
- Train Korean Americans for leadership in the PCA and encourage them to plant multiethnic churches.
- Challenge PCA churches to participate in the training and development of Korean American church planters who will serve in a variety of church and community settings, not only Korean or Asian.
- Encourage PCA churches to employ Korean American leaders as interns and assistant pastors and also to give financial support to their church planting efforts.
- Urge first generation Koreans to grasp the potential for evangelistic mission of Korean Americans and to support multiethnic church planting.
I came to the US in 1954 to study engineering at the University of Iowa. While there, I received Christ and was later called to ministry. I earned two masters degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, was ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA in 1970 and joined the PCA in 1980. From 1970-1998, I pastored two different churches in Pennsylvania, one of which was a Korean church, before accepting my current position as MNA Korean Ministries Coordinator. I am happily married to Margaret.
We Invite Your Participation
Please join with us in praying that many people will find hope in Jesus Christ and that lives will be changed through this ministry. Pray that a growing number of Korean men will be called to serve as PCA leaders. We ask that you prayerfully consider participating with us through your financial support. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to this ministry online. You can also mail contributions, made payable to Mission to North America, to:
Mission to North America
PO Box 890233
Charlotte NC 28289-0233
Designate: Korean Ministries
For additional information, contact Henry Koh:
Korean Ministries Coordinator