Pastor Young Kim
Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia
After receiving his initial calling into ministry as a Bio-Engineer at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he finished his Master of Divinity at Biblical Theological Seminary (1989-1992). He also finished his Masters in Urban Missions at Westminster Theological Seminary (1995-1996). In 1996, he planted Grace Covenant Church with a vision to be a multi-ethnic church that will raise kingdom workers for the harvest of the world to the glory of God. God has blessed Pastor Young and his wife Annette with His precious gifts in Sarah, Daniel, and Isaiah. “My prayer is that the Holy Spirit may empower me to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, strength and soul and to love others with the love of God.”
University City College Pastor
Bryan was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. He attended the University of California Davis for his undergraduate studies to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. It was during his sophomore year that he received his calling into ministry. In spring of 2017, he received his M. Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Bryan enjoys drinking good coffee, playing sports, and spending time with his family and friends. His heart is that all people would come to know the amazing love of Jesus and be continually transformed by the Gospel.
University City Young Adult Pastor
Chris was born in Queens, New York and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. At 19 he enlisted in the US Army where he was a paratrooper for the special operations community. After 4 years of active duty service and 3 tours to Iraq he left to join a private defense company. He worked in Virginia for the next 2 years and deployed to Afghanistan once. Chris joined GCC in 2012 while he was studying at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In the fall of 2015 Chris will pursue his Masters in Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. Chris loves to try new things, see new sights and at the end of the day he likes to eat something sweet and drink tea. He has a heart to see people come to Christ and to develop deep intimacy with the Father. Following Christ has been the best and most exciting ride in Chris’ life!
Children’s Ministry Director
Alice was born and raised in Northern NJ. She graduated Rutgers in 2003 with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. During her sophomore year in college, she decided to serve in children’s ministry and has experience serving and working with children for 14 years. She attended The Remnant Presbyterian Church in New York and served as Children’s director for 3 years, and through Remnant Church she was introduced to GCC. She is married to Joe Park and is a stay at home parent to her kids, Seth and Autumn. Additionally, she serves on the board of Every Good Gift, a ministry that helps single mothers and their children. She loves anything sweet, animals with short legs and spending time with family.
University Young Adult Staff
Kim is a New Jersey native. She attended a GCC service in 2010 and has called GCC her home ever since. Kim graduated from Temple University in 2014 with BAs in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology. After graduation, Kim served as a 1-year church intern in Indonesia and Singapore where she saw God’s heart for the nations. Kim completed a master’s degree at Temple in 2015, and then worked as a speech-language pathologist at elementary schools in North Philly for 3 years; now, she hopes to pursue a Masters of Divinity in addition to working full time on staff at GCC. She loves making her husband Tim laugh, growing a personal and communal heart for the nations to know Christ, caring for her growing collection of house plants, and trying new snacks.
University City College Staff
Irene was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with degrees in English and sociology, then went on to complete her master’s in education at Penn’s Graduate School for Education. Irene found GCC during her sophomore year of college and knew right away that it would be her spiritual home. Since then, in addition to joining GCC’s UC college staff, she’s taught second grade at a charter school in North Philly. Irene deeply cares for college students, discipleship, and the city of Philadelphia. She loves phone calls with friends, hummus and pita, and walking around Philly.
Main Line College Staff
Joey was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Drexel University with a degree in software engineering, and during his undergraduate studies, he received his calling into ministry. Upon graduation, Joey worked in the tech industry as a Software Architect in the Philadelphia area while still serving in GCC college ministry. Now, along with working on GCC’s staff, Joey is studying at Missio Seminary to receive his Master of Divinity. He has a heart for seeing college students encounter a personal relationship with Jesus and share that with every life they touch. He enjoys music, video games and still secretly enjoys programming in his spare time.
University City Worship Leader
Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in Economics and has been working in private wealth management as a financial advisor. Chris joined GCC as a freshman at Penn and has a heart for engaging the church in honest and passionate worship of Jesus Christ. He loves Philly sports, working out, and spending time with his wife, Ellen, and his dog, Momo.