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Jeong Jin Yoo, a loving pastor and theologian who devoted his life to church planting and teaching, and a faithful friend to many, died on January 27 of cancer. He was 57.

Prior to his call to ministry, Jeong Yoo was a graphic designer, winning awards for his designs and serving as one of the designers for the Seoul Olympic Committee.

Yoo earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Auckland University in New Zealand. He was ordained in 2000 and also earned a master’s in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served two congregations in Auckland before emigrating to the U.S.

Yoo served the following Christian Reformed congregations: All Nations CRC in Lake View Terrace, Calif., and Thousand Oaks Community CRC in Pasadena, Calif. He also served two other churches in Pasadena. He was serving the Just Jesus Mission at the time of his death.

Rev. David Kong, peer relations coordinator for Classis Greater Los Angeles, was a friend. He said Yoo was always bright and deeply devoted to the Lord, his family, and friends.

Yoo is survived by his wife, Yoonhee, and one daughter, Yeesul.

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