LIVING HOPE RALEIGH (LHR) is the English Ministry of First Korean Baptist Church. Overall, First Korean Baptist church is an average to large sized church (around 500 people overall on any given Sunday).
LHR is a community of believers who hope to passionately live out our calling in this life – our hope is in Jesus Christ. Our identity does not lie in things like ancestry, background, ethnicity, upbringing, or social status… It is the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the Cross that gives us our true identity. We are children of God.
We are an evangelical English speaking congregation in an ethnic (First Korean Baptist Church of Raleigh) church. Our mission is simple: to know Christ Jesus more, and to make Him known to all peoples we encounter and are sent to.
Ethnically, we are not quite “multicultural” (about 60% of us are 2nd and 1.5 generation Korean Americans, and 25% of us are of other Asian ethnicities) but as we’ve grown we’ve organically become more multi-ethnic and we hope to continue to grow in that direction. We definitely want people from all ethnicities to feel welcome!!!
Currently we average around 130 Adults at LHR’s Sunday morning adult services. We also have a Youth group of around 60 Middle and High school students, and 80+ kids in our children’s ministry. Child care for pre-K and babies is provided for Sunday Main service (babies are more than welcome to our service, or in the glass-windowed cry room attached to the sanctuary).
We are contemporary in our worship style (our praise teams rock!) and evangelical in our teaching (engaging; relevant; and, most importantly, based on the Bible). Our goal is simple: to know Jesus more and to make Him known, that we might have hope in this life (and the next) and be a source and pointer to hope for others.
It does not matter who you are, or where you are coming from, everyone is welcome to join us for our Sunday Services and weekly Bible studies. Sunday service is followed by a meal and Bible study.
FKBC actively supports full time missionaries all over the world, and we have a few short term missions trips throughout the year. Our KM Sr. Pastor (Don Choi, 최동갑 목사) has a passion for overseas missions and for teaching, and our EM leadership shares the same heart.
We are moving towards a church within a church model. Living Hope Raleigh is currently an EM (English Ministry) in an ethnic Korean church. We hope to grow alongside the KM and remain under the same roof, while growing in independence (while not shedding interdependence).
If you wish to know more about who we are (and hopefully, who you are), please visit us on a Sunday or contact us.
First Korean Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.