The History of Concordia
Reverend Kook Ho Kim
My wife, Pastor Ran Yoo, and I are so thankful for everyone who helped by contributing time, prayer, and financial support for our family and the parsonage. We are happy to live in a well-maintained parsonage in the beautiful community of Prairie du Sac.
My full name is Kook Ho (first name) Kim (last name). I am serving at both Concordia UMC and the U.S. Army Reserve as an Army Reserve Chaplain (CPT). I came to the U.S. as an exchange student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2009. I studied at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, for my Master of Divinity.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodists and Methodist theology, has affected my faith journey and theological perspective. According to French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, “Life is BCD”; in other words, “Life is a Choice between Birth and Death.” His remark led me to reflect on the question about which choices are best for my life? To that end I say, “Jesus Christ!”
Now, to share my own declaration about Jesus by adding to Simon Peter’s answer to the question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15), I would love to respond with Matthew 16:16, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God who led, leads, and will lead God’s whole creation to real hope for salvation in God’s love.”
I am always welcome to more conversation with all of you, especially about matters of faith, Jesus, and my own faith journey. I can’t wait to see all of you at the church!
And remember you are always invited to join our weekly worship service in-person or via livestream.
Pastor Kook Ho Kim
My name is Tanya. Although I am originally from Iowa, I have lived in the Sauk Prairie area for more than 40 years! My kids (can I still call them that?) grew up and went to school here. My son, Gabriel, is 25 and my daughter, Angelica, is 24. Angelica and I both graduated from University of Northwestern—St Paul in 2021. I am now the proud owner of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an Associates in Graphic Design.
In other news (haha!) I also work with my sister, Teresa (some of you know her from PT at the hospital), at her store, ReTwist-T, located at 515 Water Street in Sauk City, across from Ace and Vintage! If you’ve never visited, I hope to see you there sometime! We feature the works of more than 50 local artists, artisans, crafters and vintage curators. It is a fun space! My parents, my daughter, and my brother (Travis) and his family also share their creativity at ReTwist-T. I guess that about covers all the interesting tidbits about me!
I am thrilled to be serving here at Concordia. Thank you for being so kind and welcoming! I look forward to getting to know each of you!