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Introduction to Saemoonan Church

An eyewitness to the 130 year history of Christianity in Korea;
A firmly-rooted tree; A Compassionate Mother;
A spring of fresh water that continues to flow”For the past 130 years,
as Korea’s "mother" church,
Saemoonan Church has cultivated a deeply-rooted faith, passionately promoted mission work, served to foster unity among churches,
and contributed to the historical development of the nation.

In its capacity, the Church has served various roles,
that of a firmly-rooted tree,
a compassionate and considerate mother, a spring of fresh water that continues to flow.
For 130 years, Saemoonan has been an eyewitness to the history of Christianity in Korea and served as its standard.

Saemoonan Church is now for all Koreans and the whole world. As the first church established in Korea, it aims to take the lead in spreading the Gospel throughout the nation and developing Christianity in Korea.

Senior Reverends
The 1st Minister
H. G. Underwood
(1859~1916)
1884    Graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary
             Was appointed as an overseas missionary by a presbyterian church in the US
1885    Entered Korea as the nation’s first missionary
1886    Established Korea's first orphanage (which developed into Kyungshin School
              and Yeonhee College)
1887    Established Saemoonan Church, the first organized church in Korea ( Sep. 27)

The 2nd Reverend
Cha Jaemyeong
(1881~1947)
1911     Served Saemoonan Church as the evangelist (until 1916)
1912     Appointed the elders
1916     Graduated from Pyeongyang Theological Seminary
1920     Was appointed as the 2nd senior reverend Saemoonan Church
1941     Resigned due to Japanese oppression
The 3rd Reverend
Kim Yeongju
(1896~?) 
1932    Graduated from the Theology College of Gansai University, Japan
1933    Served Namdaemun Church as the evangelist
1943    Criticized Joseon Christian Association, organized by Japan
1944    Was appointed as the 3rd senior reverend of Saemoonan Church
1950    Was abducted by North Korea during the Korean War
The 4th Reverend
Kang Sinmyeong
(1909~1985) 
1938     Graduated from Pyeongyang Theological Seminary / Was ordained as a minister
1949    Served Youngnak Church as a minister
1953     Received Honorary Doctor of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary
1955     Was appointed as the 4th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church
1979    Served Saemoonan Church as Reverend Emeritus
The 5th Reverend
Kim Dongik
(1942~1998)
1970    Graduated from Graduate School of Presbyterian University and
              Theological Seminary
1971    Was ordained as a minister at Seoul Presbytery
1976    Received Doctor of Divinity at Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, US
1981    Was appointed as the 5th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church
1998    Passed away while serving as the senior reverend
The 6th Reverend
Lee Sou-Young
(1946~)
1975     Graduated from Graduate School of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary 
1984     Received Doctor of Theology at University De Strasbourg, France
             Served as professor at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary 
1998      Served as a permanent member of International Congress on Calvin Research
2000     Was appointed as the 6th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church
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SAEMOONAN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Saemoonan Church : Main number 02-732-1009
Main/General Office: 1st floor, Midopa Kwangwhamoon Building, 47 Sejong-daero 23 gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea 110-061
Main/General Office: 732-1009 FAX : 733-8070
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