Il Hwan (Joel) Kim

Rejoice Church, Oregon
Lead Church Planter
Portland Oregon
Rejoice Church
November 7
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About My Family

Joel and Joy have known each other since elementary school in South Korea. They were going to same church where they met Jesus personally, and they married in 1998. They have a son who studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and a daughter in the eighth grade at Stoller Middle School.

About My Church Plant

Rejoice Church serves the Korean community and students from Korea in the Portland metro area and Vancouver, Wash. The goal of Rejoice Church is to expand the kingdom of God through the core values of our church, by the gospel of the kingdom of God, through Bible reading and prayer that is life-changing. We want to create an authentic community that is balanced and growing where the people of God and the community will rejoice for Jesus and restore the kingdom of God.

NAMB Church Planting

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–That our church will expand the kingdom of God.
–That we will impact the Korean community through the gospel of Jesus.
–For more core team members.


We believe in Jesus Christ and His power. Jesus will heal and restore our community and cause people to rejoice. Visit to learn how you can join us.
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