Pastor Sammy Joo is from Seoul, Korea. He and his wife Debbie have four children. Pastor Sammy holds a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and International Law from a university in Korea. He has a master’s from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
. Sammy is the teaching pastor at Point Church International
and also serves the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina as their senior consultant for Asian ministries. Pastor Sammy is also a heavy metal guitar player. He says most people think that he is a great handyman, but really he’s not at all.
Pastor Sammy shares the story of how he came to Jesus when he was about 23 years old. He was born into a Christian family and his father was a pastor. He was a typical Christian kid who followed all the rules and regulations. During his junior year in college, one of his father’s friends asked him if he knew the gospel. This very simple question bothered him so he began to read the Bible. One day Pastor Sammy was reading the scripture and came to Hebrews 10:10 where it says, “Jesus died once for all”. At that moment, he experienced the power of Jesus’ blood and that scripture became a reality to him for the first time. That was the day that he experienced the tremendous grace of God and he became born again.
It was in the fall of 2002 when God led Pastor Sammy to a Korean pastor in Kentucky who was doing international student ministry. The pastor asked him if he wanted to come and Pastor Sammy did and it changed his life. He thinks that it’s a mutual partnership that God is raising up missionaries from all around the world to impact one another. He realized that there are so many church people in the Bible Belt, but it’s also possible that quite a number of them are not even saved. And they need to be challenged with a very simple question, “Do you know the gospel?” Do you really know Christ? Because a lot of people know about the gospel, but they don’t know the gospel verse. There is a big difference between informational knowledge and transformational knowledge.
Pastor Sammy also talks about the ABCDs of growing church leaders where the main goal is to connect a first-generation immigrant and a next-generation immigrant. This is his way of helping Asian churches to have unity. Behind all this, the underlying vision of Pastor Sammy is to raise 21st century Moses. God can meet those set 21st century Moses here and send them back to their people to bring them to Jesus Christ. He launched a YouTube channel called “21c Moses” where people can watch daily Bible study and training videos. His prayer is to grow the channel with videos in different languages for the 21st century Moses.
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