Seoul Union Church (SUCh) is a non-denominational Council (elders) led congregational church. The Council is composed of the pastor(s) and elected members (elders) who are expected to meet the qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
The church meets regularly to discuss and make decisions regarding significant issues like appointing leadership, establishing doctrine, and major financial decisions. The elders and pastor(s), supported by the church staff, provide spiritual leadership to the congregation. We have a number of committees and ministries that carry out the work of the church.
The New Testament churches were shepherded by a plurality of elders. The elders (also called pastors or overseers in the Bible) have responsibility for the spiritual care and leadership of the church. Elders must be men of exemplary Christian character who demonstrate servant-hood, an aptitude to teach sound doctrine, and a heart for the congregation. Our current church Council is composed of the following members:
- Mark Worden (Chairman)
- Robin Parsons (Vice-Chairman)
- Barry Benger (Treasurer)
- Mathew Shean (Secretary)
- Cristian Rata (Pastor)
- Dr. Michael Choi (Interim Pastor)
Ministry team leaders
- Intern Pastor – Pau Gualnam
- Christian Education – Karolyn Benger
- Hospitality – Sangsuk Lee
- Media – Matt Shean and Seok-won Hyun
- Missions & Benevolence – Chung Soo Kim/ Shannon Smith
- Worship Intern – Nam Whang
Pastor Cristian G. Rata
Cristian is not a catalytic “agent of change” or a visionary anything. He likes sports too much and sometimes tends to worry too much about what people think.
However, he believes in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform people, seeks to preach the whole counsel of God, and to live what he preaches.
By God’s grace he continues to grow in his faith knowing that he is being surrounded by an increasing number of people who pray for him, his family, and the church.
He is currently teaching Hebrew and Old Testament at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul.
Cristian is married to Viorica (Ica) and has four children: Isaiah, David, Talitha, and Yohanan. He enjoys reading, sports, fishing, hiking, and can be spotted biking along the Han river for most of the year.