Pastor SoYoung Kim was born and raised in Pusan, South Korea. She had Buddhist family background, yet she was baptized by Roman Catholic Church when she was 7 years old. Her major was Social Work, and she came to the United States after she graduated college in 1990. She had a conversion moment with God in 1999 after being an atheist for almost 20 years. After that, God opened the door for her to serve the oppressed people at the Korean American Service Center, where she worked for 8 years as a coordinator of various programs until 2008. As she was serving people, called by God, she entered Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2005 and graduated in 2009.
Pastor SoYoung served at the First Korean UMC in Wheeling for 5 years as a youth pastor (2006 – 2011). She was then appointed to serve New Hope UMC as a provisional elder for 3 years. On June 1st, 2014, she was appointed to the First United Methodist Church of Bensenville.
Her calling Scripture is Isaiah 61:1-3 and she has compassion for the lost ones!
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn; 3to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
She has a wonderful and supportive husband, Jonathan Kim, and they’ve been married for 25 years.
Music Director Dave Schreier
Born and raised in Bensenville, Dave now lives in Wood Dale. Even as a young man, Dave showed an interest in studying, performing and learning music. As early as grade school, Dave accompanied the grade school choir with piano and accordion. Dave continued his musical education at DePaul University in Chicago, and received his Bachelor of Music in Composition in 1980. Post graduate education included a Jazz Arranging course with Cliff Colnot, 1983-84. Dave is an accomplished player of the piano, keyboard, drums, various percussion instruments, guitar, bass guitar, and vocals.
Professional experience includes teaching private music lessons for many years, performing primarily in the Chicago area with many of the finest jazz musicians, as well as many fine musicians in myriad genres and venues, including a twenty year run as "house band" at the Black Ram restaurant in Des Plaines, IL.
Dave feels blessed that God has provided opportunities for ministry in music at Bensenville Bible Church – late 1980s – late 1990s, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church – Bensenville, Illinois 2001 – 2012, St. Paul Lutheran Church – Addison, Illinois 2006 – Present, First United Methodist Church of Bensenville 2012 – Present, and prays for His continuing guidance in expressing and sharing His living word through music.