Originally from Seoul, Korea, Rev. Taek Kim was raised in Waterford, Michigan. His early spiritual formation took place in the Korean United Methodist Church in Troy, Michigan. He began his undergraduate studies at GMI Engineering & Management Institute, then transferred to Wayne State University where he graduated with a BA in Speech Communications to begin preparations for the full-time ministry. His postgraduate experience includes Clinical Pastoral Education at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. and receiving a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Pastor Kim was ordained as an elder in 2005. The focus of his life and ministry are founded on his relationship with Jesus Christ and the two greatest commandments — to love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and to love others as yourself (Matthew 22: 37- 38). Rev. Kim and his wife Jamie were married in 2002 and are the joyful parents of daughter Rebekah, and twin sons, Andrew and Jonathan. He enjoys spending his leisure time fishing, kayaking, playing the guitar, and enjoying various sports.