Two and a half years ago Northwest began a unique way to develop our most promising leaders for the future of our Fellowship, our local churches and for His glory. Currently, we have almost 30 students in Immerse! I had the opportunity to catch up with one of them – Paul Park from Coquitlam, BC. Here is what I discovered…
Tell me a little about yourself…
I was born and raised in a Christian family and my father has been in ministry since before I was born. So, I got to see what ministry looks like from a young age, and I was determined that I would never make that choice. But here I am, in the Immerse program and apprenticing at South Delta Baptist Church to become a pastor! God led me in His typically amazing way and brought me to embrace my calling… or His calling. Before I entered the Immerse program, I was an English teacher teaching both high school students and adults. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but now I am embarking on a career path that may be even more rewarding that I ever imagined.
You are one of our current Immerse students and being mentored by several people - what does that mean to you?
I am currently being mentored by Colin van der Kuur, Larry Perkins, Paul Johnson and Jeremy Johnson. I went through a similar multi-dimensional apprenticeship when I was at UBC in the Bachelor of Education program. While I was out at practicum, I worked alongside three mentors who helped me hone my skills as an English teacher. This experience in Immerse feels very similar. I am extremely thankful for the mentors that I have because they all contribute so much in helping me learn to do ministry with excellence. Ministry itself is so multi-dimensional, so it completely makes sense to have multiple mentors. Each mentor brings something different to the table, and this leads to a more wholesome experience.
You and your local church started a new church with the Tsawwassen First Nations about five and half years ago. That’s exciting! Tell me more about this.
The Korean church (GKMC) where I am originally from began helping people in need on the TFN Reservation about six years ago. We were using the old church building on the reserve that was built in 1904 to distribute food from the South Delta Food Bank. When we saw that the church was no longer being used to house worship services, and that there was a community that needed to hear the gospel, we began to pray for something to happen on the TFN reserve. God graciously led us to plant a Sunday evening service five and a half years ago, and I feel like we’re still in the progress of planting a church.
Currently you are the Pastor Apprentice at South Delta Baptist and involved in our Immerse program. How does this partnership work? Tell me about your current role and duties?
I am grateful to be at South Delta Baptist Church as a Pastor Apprentice. Pastor Paul Johnson and Pastor Jeremy Johnson are my mentors for the Immerse program, so SDBC’s involvement in this partnership with NBS to train me as a ministry leader is quite significant. I currently help with the hospitality part of the church and I teach ESL/Bible Study to the Korean community at South Delta. I also continue to serve as a pastor for the church in Tsawwassen First Nations.
Thank you for your financial support for students like Paul. If you would like more information on giving to Northwest or about Immerse, please contact me: Ron Sing, Director of Development at: 250-240-3737. You can also give directly online to support our students >> click here.