Pastor’s journey continues with assignment in Basehor
The children at Basehor United Methodist Church transition from station to station at Vacation Bible School, pausing to slap high fives with Pastor Kibum Kim along the way.
It's Kim's first church activity as the new pastor and while his face is new in the crowd, he said he's quickly accomplishing his first goal of getting to know everybody in the congregation.
"I'm trying to meet as many people as I can," he said. "I want to know what's going on and know them. That's the first thing."
Kim delivered his first sermon at Basehor United Methodist Church on July 1, but his journey started long before that in Korea.
After graduating from theological college in Korea, he came to Kansas City in 1993 to attend seminary. He made the connection because one of the professors at St. Paul's School of Theology in Kansas City was a friend of his mother's.
After graduating, he was ordained a deacon and appointed to his first two churches in Kansas -- one in Howard and the other in Severy. He was ordained an elder in 2000 and appointed to First United Methodist Church as an associate pastor in 2002. He spent five years there before taking the helm at Basehor United Methodist Church.
He now lives his Basehor while his wife, Inshin, and two sons, Michael, 16 and John, 11 remain in Topeka until Michael finishes high school. The family travels to Basehor to visit on the weekends.
"It's a long story," he said about wanting to become a pastor. "But the condensed version is that I have just come to love people."
His passion for people has allowed him to set ambitious goals for the church, from helping it grow and making home visits to extending ministry outreach.
Within a year's time, Kim said he hopes to visit the homes of the more than 130 church members.
"I want to see some of the pictures they're hanging on the walls and hear the stories behind those pictures," he said.
The completion of a successful capital campaign at the church also has Kim setting goals. He said it will allow the church to reduce its debt and offer outreach opportunities for children, youths and young families, as well as Bible studies.
Helping people grow in faith and making Jesus real in their lives is something Kim hopes he can accomplish, but his ultimate vision for Basehor United Methodist is a church of all colors. He said church members have made him feel at home here and knows people of all shapes, sizes, colors and personalities can feel the same way.
"The people in this church are really friendly and serious about being disciples of Christ," he said. "So I'm excited about the opportunity to be a part of this."