The Reverend Dr. Stephen K. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and in 1959 at the age of 18 came to study in the United States. He graduated from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana with a BA degree in Sociology; the Theological Seminary at the University of Dubuque, Iowa where he received a Master of Divinity degree; and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo, California. He completed Phase I and Phase II of Interim Ministry Training at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.
He served as a student minister in 1965-1966 for the Hartshorne and Wilburton Presbyterian Churches in southeastern Oklahoma, and he was Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Roachdale, Indiana from 1968-1970. He served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army for 23 years (1970-1993) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. His tours include service in Vietnam, South Korea, Hawaii, Germany, and various military assignments in the United States. He served as Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Bossier City, Louisiana from March 1995 to April 1999; Interim Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Texarkana, Texas from July through December 1999; and Interim Pastor, Alpine Presbyterian Church, Longview, Texas from January to August 2000. From September 2000 to June 2002, he served as Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Slidell, Louisiana. While in Slidell he had the opportunity to take a two-week Mission Trip to Ghana, West Africa in September 2001. He participated in the Prison Ministry Retreat of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, visiting many prisons, schools, and churches in the country. He was keynote speaker and served Communion during the retreat. He served as Interim Pastorate at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Longview, TX in July 2002 through August 2003. He began an Interim Pastorate at Mount Pleasant and Pittsburg, Texas in September 2003 and completed that ministry in March 2005. Then he ministered at the First Presbyterian Church in Katy, Texas. Finally he returned to Slidell, Louisiana where served for a time as interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church there. Stephen retired as an active Presbyterian Minister in 2007 at The Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas.
Steve is married to the former Patricia Criswell of McAlester, Oklahoma. Patty is a retired Federal Government Employee, where she was a Contract Specialist at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport. They have three children: Christopher of Garland, Texas; Jonathan of Ohio and Mary of Shreveport, Louisiana; also surviving are grandsons, Preston Anderson Sipes and Ethan Nicholas Sipes, both of Shreveport, Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Joyce Criswell Burton and husband Harold Wayne of Ardmore, Oklahoma and Beverly Criswell Smith and husband, Art of McAlester, Oklahoma. He is also survived by Kwang Yoon Kim and family of Seoul, Korea. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kim Chang Hyun and Lee Chang Joo; father-in-law, Sam Criswell and mother-in-law, Celesta Boyd Criswell.
Steve enjoyed stamp collecting, listening to classical music, traveling, and jogging/walking.
Steve's family has invited anyone who is unable to attend the two services to join them via Live Stream. Below are the two links for each event. Those wishing to view the stream will need to use each link independently, based on which service is taking place.