Pastoral Staff


Reverend Steve Rim
Senior Pastor


Pastor Steve grew up in Fountain Valley, California where he grew up like most kids, except that he loved to go bowling with his sister and dad. Thinking that professional bowling was his calling in life, it all changed when he became a born again Christian at the age 19. In college, while Pastor Steve studied and eventually graduated with a degree in Linguistics with the intention of teaching languages as a vocation, events dramatically changed as he felt called into pastoral ministry during his senior year. After several confirmations by mentors, teachers, and his own heart, Pastor Steve accepted his full-time calling into pastoral ministry. He understood clearly that he was not going to be teaching languages, but rather teaching the Bible.

Pastor Steve graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and has served the Korean-American church since 1994. Ordained in 1998, Pastor Steve is the lead pastor of Living Grace Church. He loves his family and his church and is walked daily by his wonderful canine pet, Lily. Lily loves Pastor Steve very much or most likely the other way around.


Pastor Daniel Cho
Associate Pastor


Pastor Daniel was born and raised in Orange County, and he currently lives only a mile away from Living Grace Church. He has been attending LGC since he was 12 and has faithfully served there throughout his high school and college years. He attended Cal State Fullerton where he majored in Child and Adolescent Development and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a high school History teacher. While taking courses to attain his credentials in education, he discovered that the Lord had a different plan for him. The Lord instilled in his heart a passion to teach and preach the Gospel and to seek the path in becoming a Pastor. After months of prayer and encouragement, he decided to put a halt to his teaching career and applied to Talbot Seminary for a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Since 2011, he has served as the Worship Director, College Pastor, and is now serving as the Associate Pastor at LGC. His future ministry goals are to become a full time pastor and to plant a church in the local area. His two passions in life are 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.


Reverend James Hong
Education Dept. / Youth Pastor


Pastor James was born and raised in Fountain Valley, CA. He began youth ministry in 2011 and has been with Living Grace Church ever since. He attended UC San Diego where he initially majored in Chemistry but graduated with a B.S. in Biology with the intention of becoming a pharmacist. It was through a campus ministry called Korea Campus Crusade for Christ where he felt God calling him into ministry. After wrestling with the thought for a few years and having the chance to serve as a student leader on campus, he decided to attend Talbot Seminary at Biola University for a Masters of Divinity. Pastor James completed his M.Div in 2015 and is now continuing his studies to obtain his doctorate. He has been serving as the part time youth pastor and hopes to serve full time at Living Grace Church. He enjoys fishing, sports, games, and is an avid Dodgers fan.


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