In Memoriam: Rev. Jin Phil (James) Huh

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Rev. Jin Phil (James) Huh, 56, devoted his life to missions, service, church planting, and teaching around the world.

Huh spent 11 years in missions in the Philippines, where he started a seminary and planted a church. He served as a campus pastor in Davao City on the island of Mindanao. He was known there as a good teacher and passionate preacher.

Illness caused him to return to the United States in 2001. He served as the general secretary for the Institute for Asian Mission and taught at Bethesda University and Chongshin University in southern California.
In 2008, he planted All Nations Christian Reformed Church in Bakersfield, Calif. In 2011, he finished his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

Huh will be remembered most for his Christ-like demeanor and as a devoted mission pioneer. At his last Thanksgiving Day family gathering, he confessed that “even [though] I feel limited I again feel God’s grace is big. I realize my limitations more and I trust [that] God [is] closer.”
He is survived by his wife, Youngsoon, and three children.

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.