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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (Luke Kim, Sam Kim, Joe Park)