Johann Kim (Lead Pastor) and Grace Kim
Pastor Johann (January 4, 1954 - April 20, 2019) moved to Cincinnati with his wife, Grace, in 1988 to join the Physics faculty of the University of Cincinnati. In 1990, both Pastor Johann and Grace encountered Jesus. Ever since, they have had a great love for His Word and sharing the Good News with people who are far from Christ. In 1999, they began to minister in Over-the- Rhine, walking the streets and sharing the Gospel. Since then, they have ministered in OTR as tent-making, inner-city missionaries. They moved to OTR in 2008 upon completing renovations for the house they bought in 2005 (now known as Vine House). They have two adult sons, Eugene (married to Jean, daughters Evangeline and Emmanuelle) and Michael. Pastor Johann went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2019.
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Christine Yun (Staff)
Christine graduated from Boston University with a BA in psychology and served on staff with InterVarsity for one year. Through an Elijah and Samuel-like moment, God then led her to OTR and after serving two years as a missionary intern, she fell in love with OTR and came on staff in 2015. She primarily oversees the children's and teen's ministry, after-school programs and campus ministry at UC. Christine desires to see a genuine hunger and thirst for Christ and restoration in the youth and families of OTR.
Christine loves to snack, is an amateur baker and runner, and loves the Midwest!
Prince Lang & Sydney Lang (Life Group Directors)
Prince Lang served Remnant Westside Church in NYC for 5 years while obtaining his bachelors degrees at The New School. During that time, he participated in several summer missions trips to OTR. In the summer of 2018, God miraculously opened up a door for Prince and his beloved wife, Sydney Lang, to serve and grow here. God continues to fill their hearts with love for His people.
Isaac Vazquez (Worship Leader) & Esther Vazquez
Isaac graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and World Missions. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He met his wife, Esther, while serving together in OTR and they feel privileged to be able to join in with what God is doing in OTR.
Nana Acquah (Intern)
Originally from Northern Virginia, Nana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a B.A. in Biological Basis of Behavior. While in Philadelphia, she served at Grace Covenant Church. She first came to OTR in 2018 for a summer missions trip, which is when God challenged her to let go of her plans and follow Him. He opened the door for her to spend a year interning in OTR, so she came back! Nana hopes to grow in her knowledge of God’s intimate presence, compassion, and His relentless pursuit of His people during her time here.
Chris Pender (Teen Director)
Chris graduated from Emory in 2014. He served at Journey Church of Atlanta for 3 years after graduation. Through serving at JCA and in local justice organizations, he has found a joy in God's constant presence in difficult circumstances and Christ's overwhelming sufficiency. After going to OTR in 2016 for summer missions and experiencing the intimate power of God, Chris is returning to be an intern and serve at OTR!