Rev. YooJin Kim
Dear Family of Clawson UMC,
I am very glad and joyful to meet you and to have the chance to introduce myself to you as your new pastor. First of all, I feel deeply grateful to God for leading me to Clawson UMC and for allowing me to meet this wonderful group people.
To help introduce myself, let me share with you a bit about my journey:
I was born and raised in South Korea in a Korean Christian family that belonged to a Korean Methodist Church. My parents are devout Christians, so I have grown up with my parents' prayers and support. I am the oldest daughter among five siblings in my family, and I have one younger sister and three younger brothers.
My family moved to Iowa when I was 21 years old. After I earned my Associate of Art degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa I transferred to the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and majored in Psychology and Sociology. After graduating with my undergraduate degree, I moved back to Iowa and worked. While living in Iowa, I was reminded of my calling to be a pastor and pastoral counselor, which was part of a promise I made to follow God's call when I was in high school. As a young adult I realized again that God calls me to serve. So, I changed my plans from studying Psychology further and instead applied to seminary. I studied theology and earned my Master of Divinity (M. Div) at Boston University, School of Theology in Massachusetts, where I graduated in May of 2015.
When I was a seminary student in Boston, I served at Good Shepherded UMC of Malden, MA for two years as an intern/student pastor. After graduating I moved to Michigan in July, 2015 and began serving Korean First Central UMC, Madison Heights. I continue my ministry as a youth/EM pastor in that church now as the other half of my two-point charge appointment.
As a pastor, I want to pray for and with you, and to enjoy the pleasure of worshiping God together. I am enthusiastically looking forward to seeing you in Clawson UMC and to listen to the stories of your lives and faith. I am very happy to be a new pastor and to be a member of the Clawson UMC community, where God has a wonderful plan for God's work.
Thank you so much.
Peace be with you!
Pastor YooJin Kim
Director of Christian Education and Community Outreach
Benjamin Walker, born in Kentucky into a family of Methodist ministers, studied music education in Michigan and started his teaching career in the Flint Public Schools and came to the Detroit area to teach choir at Lincoln High School in Warren. In 1980, Ben was given the opportunity to teach choral music at Grosse Pointe North High School and developed one of the state’s largest choral music programs. By the mid 90’s over 400 students were enrolled in one of the schools many choral programs. Under his direction, the Concert Choir sang at both Carnegie Hall and at The Lincoln Center in New York City.
In 1999, Ben was invited to be part of the administrative staff at Grosse Pointe South High School and became principal in 1992. At that time, South was chosen as one of the best 25 high schools in the nation by US News and World Report.
Ben’s many awards include Newsweek –WDIV National Teacher of the Year and, later, the finalist in the State of Michigan’s Administrator of the year. In 1996, he founded the Arts Academy in the Woods, a performing arts high school.
Ben has always had a deep and abiding interest in religion and studied at the Unity School of Christianity in Missouri for two years. He is delighted to bring together his love of children and teenagers with his interest in and love of the value of a spirit centered life.
At Clawson UMC Ben is in charge of the Messy Church program and had done a large number of community events.
Minister of Music
Mark was raised in the Clawson area, attending Clawson United Methodist church and was in the choir, bells and an acolyte at the church throughout his youth. Mark joined the Navy immediately after High school and later settled in the Southern California area until moving back to Michigan in 2007 to be closer to family.
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