Pastor Young Kim
Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Philadelphia
After receiving his initial calling into ministry as a Bio-Engineer at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he finished his Master of Divinity at Biblical Theological Seminary (1989-1992). He also finished his Masters in Urban Missions at Westminster Theological Seminary (1995-1996). In 1996, he planted Grace Covenant Church with a vision to be a multi-ethnic church that will raise kingdom workers for the harvest of the world to the glory of God. God has blessed Pastor Young and his wife Annette with His precious gifts in Sarah, Daniel, and Isaiah. “My prayer is that the Holy Spirit may empower me to love Jesus with all my heart, mind, strength and soul and to love others with the love of God.”
Pastor Kirt Thallman
University City Site Pastor
Pastor Kirt received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in electronics. Originally from Ohio, he became the pastor of House of Praise Bilingual Church in Taipei, Taiwan from 2000-2007. There he met his wife, Mei Lan. Before coming to GCC, he was a pastor of the English Ministry at the Chinese Christian Church of Columbia, South Carolina from 2008-2011. He loves worshipping the “True King Jesus” and being a husband to his wife and dad to his two children, Nathan and Naomi. In his free time you will find him playing basketball and fixing unwanted things – “making the old new again.” Some themes that reflect his heart are: “love God, love others”, “give & receive grace”, “be real & be healed”, “be interdependent not independent” and “my identity is in Christ”.
University City College Staff
Chris was born in Queens, New York and grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. At 19 he enlisted in the US Army where he was a paratrooper for the special operations community. After 4 years of active duty service and 3 tours to Iraq he left to join a private defense company. He worked in Virginia for the next 2 years and deployed to Afghanistan once. Chris joined GCC in 2012 while he was studying at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In the fall of 2015 Chris will pursue his Masters in Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. Chris loves to try new things, see new sights and at the end of the day he likes to eat something sweet and drink tea. He has a heart to see people come to Christ and to develop deep intimacy with the Father. Following Christ has been the best and most exciting ride in Chris’ life!
Mainline College and Young Adult Staff
Josh spent most of his early life in Southern California in the suburbs of Orange County. He graduated from UCLA with a major in Political Science. For almost a decade after graduating college, Josh worked in the greater Los Angeles area as a real estate advisor. Before coming to Grace Covenant Church (GCC), Josh served at Radiance Christian Church (a fellow AMI church) in San Francisco as a deacon. Through the messages and relationships developed at RCC, God’s mandate in making disciples became clear, vivid, and personal. Responding to the call to ministry, Josh moved to Philadelphia in 2015, and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary with an emphasis on pastoral ministry.
University City College Staff
Bryan was born and raised in the Bay Area in California. He attended UC Davis for his undergraduate studies in hopes to become a mechanical engineer. However during his sophomore year, he received his calling into ministry and eventually graduated with a communication and religious studies degree. In the spring of 2017, he received his M.Div at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Bryan passionately loves coffee, playing sports, his family, and Jesus. His heart is that people would come to know the amazing love of God and be continually transformed by the Gospel.
University City Worship Leader
Chris was born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. He has worked in the financial planning business since graduating from Penn in 2008. Chris began attending GCC as a freshman at Penn in the fall of 2004, and had his life turned upside down through many years of encountering Jesus during his undergraduate and young adult years. It was at GCC where he met his wife, Ellen, who also had her life transformed while encountering Jesus at GCC.
Chris has been part of the GCC Worship Team for many years, and is passionate about engaging others in honest worship of the one true King, Jesus Christ. He is also a lifetime fan of Philadelphia sports, no matter how bad the teams are. You will often find Chris getting worked up in discussions about sports, the economy, or the bible – he is always welcoming of a good chat! Most of all, Chris loves to share with others about the work of God in his life and to hear about the work of God in others.