IN MEMORIAM: Rev. Kyu Sik Hong

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Kyu Sik Hong, 72, an extraordinary man who was incredibly intelligent and self-disciplined, died last year. He demanded the best from himself and those around him in the service of the Lord.

Kyu Sik Hong

Hong joined the Christian Reformed Church in 1990 and served as a church planting pastor of Eden’s Korean CRC in Wilmette, Ill. He retired in 2005.

After retiring from ministry, he drove buses for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), which he had done prior to his calling to ministry. He also served as a pastor at the Christian Indian Center, Denver, Colo., and on the 2006 Urbana Plenary Planning Committee.

Hong had a local radio sermon series in Korean called “Voices of Eden.” He later compiled these sermons into a book. He also wrote an autobiographical and partly fictional book based on his experiences in life and driving for the CTA.
Hong will be remembered for his strength, wisdom, love of his family, and constant desire to guide and protect his family from any harm.

Hong is survived by his wife, Jungsook, sons Peter and Edward, daughter-in-law Lydia, and one grandson.

About the Author

Jonathan Kim is a CRC pastor of Ye-Eun Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, California. He writes news for The Banner and lives in North Hills, California.