Bishop Hope Morgan Ward appointed Sangwoo Kim to Epworth UMC as associate pastor in July 2016. Sangwoo joined Epworth UMC in the summer of 2008 when he moved to Durham for his doctoral study in the fields of theology, worship, and spiritual formation at Duke Divinity School. His wife, Jung Choi, and son, Ian (then three years old), came to Durham later. Since then, Sangwoo has taught children at Epworth’s Sunday School. Meanwhile, Sangwoo’s second son, Luke, was born and baptized at Epworth. Ian serves as an acolyte at 11 o’clock service and will join the youth group this fall. Epworth is the only spiritual home Ian and Luke can remember.
Prior to his study at Duke, Sangwoo studied religion/theology at Seoul National, Harvard, Emory, and Yale Universities, and then served multicultural and multiethnic Methodist churches in Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts as a pastor for five years. At Duke, Sangwoo wrote a dissertation about the significance of the embodiment of worship and prayer in Christian theology and life. He has also taught Christian theology, ethics, worship, evangelism, and Methodism classes. Sangwoo is passionate about teaching Bible and theology, leading spiritual formation groups, and building a diverse community that is committed to social justice.