LANSING MI: On December 7 Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey announced the appointment of the Rev. David Kim to serve as the Superintendent of the Saginaw Bay District of the Detroit Annual Conference, effective July 1, 2016.
Rev. Kim is currently serving Troy Hope Ministry, the English-speaking congregation of the Korean United Methodist Church of Troy, MI. He is also serving as a
member of the Design Team from the Detroit Annual Conference and as the vice-chair for the Detroit Renaissance District Committee on Superintendency.
The Saginaw Bay District is currently being served by District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Jeffrey R. Maxwell. Jeff has announced he will be retiring in July after 33 years in ministry. He has served the Saginaw Bay District since 2010. “I am deeply appreciative of the gifts Jeff has brought to the cabinet,” said Bishop Deb, “I am excited for Jeff as he enters this next chapter in his life.”
Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is soon to receive his Doctor of Ministry degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, specializing in Leadership for Transformational Change. He has also served as a member for the Detroit Conference New Church Development Committee and for The United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit. He was part of the advisory panel for Asian American ministry.
David and his wife, Julie, are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Naomi Immanuel Kim. She is a high school senior.
“I look forward to having David join the Detroit Cabinet,” commented Bishop Kiesey, “He has demonstrated a gift for growing multi-ethnic Christ-centered ministries and I have no doubt he will bring those same skills to the Saginaw Bay District.”