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Our Leadership & Staff

Lead Pastor 

Pastor Jong Park moved to Naperville in 2010, and along with eight other core team members, planted Redemption. Prior to starting Redemption, he served at a local campus ministry in Champaign, IL for eleven years (1999-2010).

He attended the University of Illinois for his undergraduate studies, received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary (PA), and is an ordained teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).

He is married to Janet and they are blessed with four children. Email: pjong@theredemptionchurch.com

 

Pastor of Gospel & Culture

Dr. Theon Hill joined Redemption as Visiting Pastor of Gospel & Culture in the fall of 2019. He completed his doctoral degree at Purdue University in the Brian Lamb School of Communication. He serves as Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Wheaton College where he teaches and researches on the intersection of rhetoric, theology, and justice. He is married to Amy and they are blessed with two children. Email: theon.hill@theredemptionchurch.com

 

 

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Sam Kim was raised in the frozen tundras of Minnesota where he attended the University of Minnesota as an undergrad. He moved to Chicago in 2016 and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2020 where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Currently he is serving as the Assistant Pastor at The Redemption Church as well as the College Pastor on the city campus. In his free time, Sam enjoys writing, cooking, playing basketball, lifting weights, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. He is married to his beautiful wife, Michelle, and they recently welcomed a new member into their family, a german shepherd puppy named Kato. Email: samkim@theredemptionchurch.com

 

 

 

Youth Ministry Director

Chris Joung joined Redemption as youth director in the summer of of 2020 and he grew up and currently lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Chris attended UIUC for a Bachelors in Math and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. After teaching in Urbana for a couple years, he moved back up to the suburbs in 2020 and currently works as a Math Teacher at Niles North High School. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing basketball and working out. Email: chrisjoung@theredemptionchurch.com

 

 

Children’s Ministry Director (Lisle)

Shirley Park has been Redemption’s Children’s Ministry Director since 2018. She is married to her wonderful husband, Joe who also serves as a pastoral intern. They reside in the northwest suburbs. Whether it’s helping out with Vacation Bible School or its teaching at a local faith-based summer school, Shirley has always had a heart for children and children’s ministry. She is also a public school teacher, vocationally, teaching 5th grade in the Oak Park area. Email: shirleypark@theredemptionchurch.com

 

 

 

Children’s Ministry Director (City)

Yun Lee has been a part of The Redemption Church since the city service launched in 2017. She is happily married to Seong Lee and they are blessed with three wonderful children. She has always loved working with children and has an educational background as a middle school math teacher. She is an optimist, hopeless romantic, and enjoys shopping, scrapbooking and board games when time allows. Email: yunlee@theredemptionchurch.com                                            

 

 

Elders

Similar to the local church in the Bible, the ultimate responsibility for the spiritual care and direction of the our church rests on the shoulders of its elders. Our Ruling Elders are men in the church elected by the congregation and charged with caring for the spiritual needs of the church. Currently our elder session comprises of:

  • Pastor Jong Park
  • Eunseok Choi
  • Jimmy Phillip
  • Lawrence Chen

Email: elders@theredemptionchurch.com

Pastoral Interns

The Pastoral Internship Program of the Redemption Church is a 3-year program designed to train and equip future shepherds of the church. The internship program is not purposed to build and staff ministries within our own church, rather, we seek to provide an opportunity for future pastors and church leaders to reflect on the nature of the church and pastoral ministry beyond just the confines of Redemption. The internship will provide strategic opportunities to help future church leaders with personal character development and discipleship (reading, praying, mentorship from the pastoral staff) as well as opportunities for ministry observation and supervised ministry to the church. (Joe Park)

 

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