Young Nak Presbyterian Church

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Young Nak Presbyterian Church
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Young Nak Presbyterian Church
Korean name
Hangul 영락교회
Hanja 永樂敎會
Revised Romanization Yeongnak Gyohoe
McCune–Reischauer Yŏngnak Kyohoe

Young Nak (YN) Presbyterian Church was founded in Seoul on December 2, 1945 by 1992 Templeton Prize recipient, Kyung-Chik Han. Inaugurated by twenty-seven refugees from Soviet occupied Korea, Young Nak steadily increased in membership as more refugees sought religious freedom below the 38th parallel.[1]

On March 24, 1949, ground was broken for a new facility to replace the building and tent that had become too small for the growing congregation.[2] By the time the new church building was completed in May 1950, membership had increased to over 4,000.[3] By 1992, when Rev. Han was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, membership had grown to 60,000 (making it, at that time, the largest Presbyterian congregation in the world), excluding 500 sister churches planted by members of the original congregation.[4]

In 1998, under the auspices of Rev. Han, who at the time was a Pastor Emeritus, Young Nak gained an English language ministry, International Worship in English, which was founded by an American missionary to Korea, Bill Majors. For his efforts, Majors was made an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2005.[5]

Presently the senior pastor of YN is Rev. Chul Shin Lee (1997–present).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Just Three More Years to Live! The Story of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han. 2005 p. 126 ISBN 89-5721-439-9
  2. ^ Just Three More Years to Live! The Story of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han. 2005 p. 132 ISBN 89-5721-439-9
  3. ^ Just Three More Years to Live! The Story of Rev. Kyung-Chik Han. 2005 pgs. 132-133 ISBN 89-5721-439-9
  4. ^ CHRONICLE - New York Times
  5. ^ Seoul Metropolitan Government - "A Clean, Attractive & Global City, Seoul!"

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