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Rev. Sung Yong Jin, 48, was a loving pastor and a faithful friend to many church members and people in the community. Born into a Christian family, he followed his parents’ devotion to Christ despite the Shamanism influences in his extended family.

Jin graduated from Chong Shin Seminary in Korea and studied at Dallas Baptist University. He earned a D.Min. in 2008 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jin arrived in the United States in 1994 with big dreams, working nights while serving as a pastor and studying during the day. In 2002 he planted Sam Il Korean Church, now called Dallas Woori Reformed Church, where he served until his death.

A younger colleague from his neighborhood said that Rev. Jin was deeply devoted to the Lord, his family, and friends. He passed away on April 12 after a year of illness.

Jin is survived by his wife Choon Sook and their son Michael (Won).

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