Hardy H. Kim
Associate Pastor for Evangelism
A second-generation Korean-American, Hardy Hyoung Nyun Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his parents when he was an infant. When he was ten years old, his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. His family found a solid foundation of community and stability in Korean immigrant churches. In Detroit, his family joined the Korean Presbyterian Church of Metro Detroit, and soon thereafter the church called a woman as the pastor of their English ministry. The authenticity of her faith and her guiding questions challenged Hardy to reexamine his faith and to develop a vibrant, sustaining faith for the entirety of his life. He became very involved in congregational life, participated in mission efforts around the country, and attended denominational and ecumenical events.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University in 1996, he enrolled in law school at the University of Michigan, believing that a career in law would enable him to change society and express his faith by helping others. However, after serving a year as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer in Mission in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Hardy confirmed his calling was not to a career in law. The joy he experienced in his ministry and in the connection with the community of faith around him convinced him that he needed a faith community to sustain him and ground him in his work.
In 2007, Hardy received a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. In September of 2008, he completed a two-year program at Fourth Presbyterian Church as a Lilly Pastoral Resident. While a Pastoral Resident at Fourth Church, his ministry was particularly focused on new members, young adults, and mission. It was during this time that he received a sense of call to be in relationship with persons in periods of transition and discernment regarding their relationship with church communities. Upon completion of his residency, Hardy continued that ministry as Associate Pastor for Church Growth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta before returning to Fourth Church in 2011 to serve as Associate Pastor for Evangelism. He also works closely with Young Adult Ministry.
Hardy is married to Hyunjung, a fashion designer who works for the Goodman Theatre. They have two children: Joonil Jonah and Haeil Johannah.