REVEREND Steven Jo
Steven is not your average second generation Korean-American pastor. He was born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn NY, has a background in air traffic control, holds a degree in divinity, is writing his Ph.D dissertation in biblical hermeneutics, and is an ordained minister in the KAPC. Actually, the only thing normal about him is his wife Goeun “Grace,” and sometimes his two boys, Caleb and Oliver.
Suburban Philadelphia is definitely an acquired taste. It took some time for me to get used to. But I realize wherever you go the need for the gospel is the same. People are the same. The local church will always be the place where the gifts and powers of the kingdom of God are granted and received (H. Ridderbos). Philly is now home and the place where I worship and serve the Triune God.
There are still some things I can never disavow. My loyalty to the 90’s Giants, Ewing-led Knicks, Linsanity Knicks, Lebron almost to the Knicks Knicks, and the New York Metropolitans. I am hoping my strong distaste for all Philly sports teams will be won over by my love for Philly fans.
“On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
pastor Walton Lee
Walton is a Philadelphia native and grew up in Yuong Sang Presbyterian Church. He studied Exercise Science & Psychology at University of the Sciences and graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He is married to Gloria Lim and has a son, Timothy.
His most impressionable seasons have been working in restaurants, playing football for the North Penn Knights and being part of the Renewal College Fellowship. His immigrant mother and father are the greatest examples of diligence and faithfulness he has ever known.
Driven by the Gospel and focused on the Kingdom, he is passionate about preaching and living life with not only the members of his church but also the members of the community.
I love anything that captures the broken pieces of our stories and weaves it into the bigger narrative of God’s redemption and restoration: music, lyrics, stories - movies, pictures, painting - watches, windows, seasons - sweat, sports, broken bones - cooking, food, and sweet endings.
John grew up going to Yuong Sang since he was in first grade. He feels that God has called him to long term missions in middle school through his youth group mission trips and is now preparing to go on a 11 month mission trip to Cambodia where he can learn how he can better prepare himself for long term missions. He graduated from Temple University with a business degree and is now learning about ministry by serving the Eternal Life Ministry’s college group.
In his free time he likes to go rock climbing, play board games, and any other thing he finds fun at the moment. His favorite passage to help him think about the Lord is
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:4-8