Pastor Michael moved to the United States from Seoul, Korea, when he was 10 years old. His family settled down in Overland Park, Kansas, and at the age of twelve, he made a promise to God to become a pastor. He attended the University of Kansas where he attained a B.F.A. degree in Industrial Design and met his wife, Seung.
Following college, he worked in the design field for three years. It was during those times through difficult life circumstances that God reminded him of the pledge he made to Him many years ago. He enrolled in Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, for a semester and then transferred to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
After moving to the Chicagoland area, he began working part-time at Calvary Presbyterian Church as the pastor of its children’s ministry. Since receiving his Master of Divinity from Trinity, he has become a full-time staff worker at Calvary and currently pastors the Calvary English Chapel. Pastor Michael and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Faith and Joy. He enjoys playing sports (basketball & golf, in particular) as well as reading and watching martial arts movies.
Favorite Bible verse: Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Pastor Michael can be contacted via email here
After having spent his elementary years in Minnesota and his teenage years in Southern California, God eventually led Mark to the greater Chicago land area to attend Whaton College where he received his B.A. in Philosophy and Biblical Studies. While attending Wheaton College, he met his wife, Debbie, a Chicago born native. Rather than returning to Southern California, Mark decided to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his M.Div. and Th.M. While in seminary, Mark had served as a part-time college pastor at Calvary English Chapel (CEC) from 1999-2004. After completing his graduate degree, Mark and Debbie headed west to a small town in Arizona to work in his family’s business. While working in the hospitablity industry was a profitable experience for him personally, the Lord eventually called Mark back to CEC in 2006 to serve as a full-time pastor overseeing the singles ministry and missions. Then in 2013, Mark and his family moved to NE Asia, together with three other families sent by CEC, to help establish and operate an English language school. After completing their 3 year term, the Lim’s returned to Chicago in 2016, where Mark has resumed his previously held pastoral position. Mark and Debbie have 4 children, Elliot, Maggie, Annie and Miles. They are thankful to be back home, excited to do life again with their covenant community and grow old together in the faith.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Pastor Mark can be contacted via email here
Joe was born in the Orange County area of California but grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He is slowly learning to appreciate the abundance of corn fields that Chicago land offers.
Joe received a degree in sociology from Davidson College, and went on to receive an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at Calvary Joe has served in various ministry roles, including youth pastor, English ministry pastor and worship pastor. Joe and his wife, Peggy, have three children, Noah, Naomi and Natalie. They enjoy taking long family walks down the aisles of Target and Walmart.
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Pastor Joe can be contacted via email here
Seiichi was born in Japan and grew up there until the age of 9 (if anyone is curious he is of Korean descent). One day his parents told him the family was taking a vacation to the United States, and upon arrival he discovered that they were here to stay.
Coming to faith during a difficult time in his life, God has given Seiichi a heart for the hurt and a passion for the lost. He hopes his life will be spent in every bit to bring those who don’t yet know Christ into genuine relationship with him. Seiichi holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.Div from from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is currently finishing up a Master of Theology degree (concentration biblical theology and exegesis) and is teaching New Testament Greek. He is in his eighth year as youth pastor at CEC and cares deeply for his students to grow in their understanding of God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
Favorite Bible verse: Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Pastor Seiichi can be contacted via email here
Having grown up at Calvary, Peggy is delighted to return to CEC to serve in the children’s ministry. After graduating from college, she taught science for five years at a local high school. Desiring to be equipped for ministry and possibly missions, Peggy went to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and there received her M.Div. and M.A. in Educational Ministry. It is in seminary that she also met her husband, Joe. They are happy to be serving together at the same church and have three children, Noah, Naomi and Natalie. Before returning to Calvary, Peggy was a children’s pastor in Boston and also a stay-at-home mom. Peggy enjoys singing, being creative and planning family adventures.
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:10-14 – “This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ”
Pastor Peggy can be contacted via email here