Atlanta, Georgia, is home to the fastest-growing Korean community in the United States, and Korean churches in the Synod of New York have begun sponsoring church plants there.
In May 2003, about six months before he graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Kyunghoon Suh met three families in Marietta, the largest suburb of Atlanta. "They wanted to begin a new spiritual journey with a new pastor," he says.
"Suh began commuting to Atlanta every week while still a student," says Thomas Song, who provides pastoral care for Suh on behalf of the Synod of New York and Nassau-Suffolk Classis. After graduation, Suh moved to Marietta with his family, and he is now pastor of a church plant called New Church of Marietta.
"The New York Synod and the Classis of Nassau-Suffolk have been helping us with not only financial support but also with communication and prayers," says Suh. "And the New Church of New York, which is my mother church, has helped us with prayers and materials. Many Korean pastors in New York and New Jersey are also a great supporting group to our ministry.
"There are now about 10 families with 25 adult members and 15 youth and children. The adult members are all first generation Korean immigrants, and most of the children are Korean Americans." Suh says they use the church facilities of a local Baptist church that is located in a suburban neighborhood, and most members live near the church, although one person drives more than two hours to attend.