Monday, July 1
The Presbytery of Western Kentucky
After more than 30 years of preparation, the Presbytery of Western Kentucky “grows” a new church development! What began years ago as an outreach to students at Murray State finally has taken root as a “beautiful church” in Murray. The Areumdaum Woori (our beautiful) Church was commissioned by the presbytery on November 13, 2011, and the presbytery installed Hui Dae (David) Tark as pastor. Additionally, after months of preparation, the commission ordained and installed six ruling elders who would form the session.
The Areumdaum Woori Church began as a campus ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Murray that reached out to Korean students and instructors at Murray State University. The campus ministry program would flourish and then lie dormant as students came and went.
As students began to stay in the Western Kentucky area, the group became more stable and looked for church leadership. It engaged Korean-speaking Presbyterian pastors from miles away to come lead Bible study and worship. In 2010 the group came to the presbytery with interest in becoming a new church development (NCD). After a lengthy process of discernment, it finally completed the process and approached the presbytery’s Mission Coordinating Council for permission to move ahead as an NCD!
With presbytery approval, the Areumdaum Woori Church came into being! With this NCD, the Presbytery of Western Kentucky is making its contribution to “growing Christ’s church deep and wide”!
The Presbytery of Western Kentucky serves 3,313 members of 35 churches and one NCD.
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Evan (Charlie) Evans, stated clerk
Elder Wayne Goolsby, recording clerk
Elder Lisa Troutman, administrative assistant
Teresa Cook, secretary
Rev. Rich Cooper, presbytery executive
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rev. Sun Bai Kim, PMA
Regina Kimbrough FDN
Let us pray
Gracious God, we take seriously your command to go into the world and make disciples. We pray that you will allow us to see and taste the fruit that you grow among our new disciples who are Areumdaum Woori Church. We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.