Staff

Our Pastors

Steve Rim
Lead Pastor

Pastor Steve grew up in Fountain Valley, CA and loved to go bowling with his family. He believed that professional bowling was his calling in life, until it all changed when he became a born-again Christian at the age of 19. In college, while Pastor Steve studied Linguistics with the intention of teaching languages, events dramatically changed as he felt called into pastoral ministry during his senior year. After several confirmations by mentors, friends and his own heart, Pastor Steve accepted his full-time calling into pastoral ministry. He knew clearly that he was not going to be teaching languages or knocking pins down, but rather expertly teaching the Bible and building people up!

Pastor Steve graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and has served the Korean-American church since 1994. He was ordained in 1998 and is now the lead pastor of Living Grace Church. He loves his wife and two daughters, his church family, and his needs-anger-management dog, Lily, who also loves him very much.

 

Daniel Cho
Associate Pastor

Pastor Daniel also grew up in Fountain Valley and has been attending LGC since 12 years old. He faithfully served there throughout his junior high, high school and college years and is still serving to this day. He attended Cal State Fullerton where he majored in Child Development and graduated with a degree in Psychology, hoping to become a history teacher. But while getting his teaching credentials, the Lord instilled in his heart a desire to become a pastor and teach and preach the Gospel instead. After months of prayer and encouragement, he decided to sacrifice his teaching career and enrolled at Talbot Seminary for a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Since 2011, he has served as a Worship Pastor, College Pastor, and is currently an Associate Pastor at LGC. His future ministry goals are to become a full-time pastor and to plant another Living Grace Church in an area where God's love and grace are needed. His passions include the Angels and WWE. He hopes to one day throw out the ceremonial first pitch and to attend Wrestlemania at least once in his life.

 

Daniel Yoon
Worship Pastor

Pastor Dan ALSO grew up in Fountain Valley and even went to high school with Pastor Steve. But they could never have suspected that in 10 years, in 2000, they would launch a ministry together and work together successfully for almost a decade. In 2008, God moved Pastor Steve on to eventually plant Living Grace Church and, almost another decade later, in 2017, Pastor Dan joined LGC, reunited once again to continue the blessed ministry partnership from years past.

After going to UCLA for Economics, Pastor Dan's passion for music led to the construction and opening of a commercial recording studio. He thought he achieved his dream, doing recording sessions with many famous and up-and-coming Christian artists and traveling all over the world with his bands.  But years later, he realized that this was just God's training ground for worship ministry. All those late nights in the studio trying to EQ the perfect sounds and learning how each instrument blended together to create the perfect mix gave him the tools to work with praise teams and tech teams in detail, and he has been building up worship ministries and training praise team members and tech people ever since. By the way, if you love movies, ask him to show you his collection!

 

James Hong
Education Pastor

Pastor James also ALSO grew up in Fountain Valley. In fact, he was even born there! (Disclaimer: Growing up in Fountain Valley is NOT a requirement to be on staff at LGC.)

He attended UC San Diego where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology with the intention of becoming a pharmacist. Yet again, God had other plans. It was through the Campus Crusade for Christ where Pastor James felt God calling him into the ministry. After serving as a student leader on campus for several years, he decided to attend Talbot Seminary for a Masters of Divinity degree which he completed in 2015. But thirsty for more wisdom, knowledge and education, he continues to study to obtain a Ph.D (aka Permanent Head Damage) doctorate degree. As our Education Pastor, he sets a fine example to the next generation...let's just say that Korean parents love Pastor James very much. When he's not off studying in some library, he enjoys fishing, sports, games and is an avid Dodgers fan.

 

Philip Chong
Children's Pastor

Pastor Philip grew up in Riverside (not Fountain Valley) for the first part of his life, and eventually moved to Cypress to finish his high school education. It was in his senior year of high school where God's love and grace touched his life as he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Pastor Philip got his Bachelors in Economics at UC Riverside while serving at Living Grace Church as a Youth Teacher. During his time working in the corporate world, the Lord placed into his heart the call into ministry, to impart godly values into kids in their crucial formative years. He is currently attending Talbot Seminary for a Masters of Divinity degree. His interests range from the adventurous outdoor excursion, to a simple time playing board games with friends. He also enjoys video games, movies, and a variety of sports.

 

 

Our Deacons

Deacon Peter Park
Deacon Tommy Lee
Deacon Monica Kim
Deacon David Kang