Senior pastor Nick Kim
Pastor Nick's first baptism at UBC was his daughter Rachel.
God planted a seed in Pastor Nick Kim's heart during his youth growing up in Rogers Park with his parents and three older sisters. God used pastors and friends to water and nurture that seed to grow and flourish during his college years at UIC in Chicago. That is when Pastor Nick made a deep commitment to follow Jesus and accepted Him into his heart as Lord, Savior, and God. Soon after, God gave him a burning passion for saving the lost. It was at that moment his ministry journey began. He started a college ministry called "Forever Together in Christ (FTC) to reach students for Christ. During college God continued to nurture and develop Pastor Nick's desire for ministry. He received a new vision for full-time ministry. Upon this calling, he gave up a childhood dream of becoming a dentist and enrolled at Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. At Trinity, he earned his Master of Divinity and was ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor at Schaumburg Baptist Church on November 15, 1998.
During his seminary years, he served as a youth pastor in different churches. He also served as director of One Voice where planned and organized youth revivals, evangelism conferences, and youth retreats. After graduating from seminary, he worked as a consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources. He also worked as a Lead Church Development Associate and a New Work Specialist at the Chicago Metro Baptist Association (CMBA). He will forever be grateful to have worked under the leadership of godly men - Robert Goette, Lindsay Cobb, and UBCs own Dale Davenport.
While working at CMBA God gave Pastor Nick a vision of planting churches. He planted Living Grace Baptist Church in Schaumburg. Though he moved to the suburbs, his love and passion for the city never left his heart. He planted New Life Community Church in Chicago. He then became co-pastor of Evergreen Community Church where he was instrumental in starting a prison ministry at Stateville Correctional Center. He was also involved in a ministry called Xoten where he mentored and discipled ex-convicts. All these ministries were fruitful, but he couldn't shake his first love and passion which was to reach the lost in the city.
The Lord gave Pastor Nick a vision for reaching a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and socially and economically diverse community people. God led him and his wife Ji to UBC. Pastor Kim is leading UBC to have vibrant ministries focused on Jesus and geared to reach those who are lost and hurting in our community. Ji is using her gifts of service, hospitality, music, and nuturing alongside her husband. Pastor Kim loves working out and hitting the golf course. Pastor Nick and Ji have one daughter Rachel who just started at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The other member of the family is Max, their energetic and adorable dog.