Seesun Yoo, Senior Pastor
Pastor Seesun and his wife, Renee, along with their three children, Noelle, Josiah and Micah, have served Bethel since its beginning in June of 1994. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor, and shepherds the Wheeling and NU locations.
Pastor Seesun grew up in Chicago ever since immigrating to the United States in 1972. God has given him a special love for the people of Chicago and is passionate to share and live out the good news of Jesus Christ in this world class city. Pastor Seesun was ordained in the PCA May 1995.
Joe Cristman, Associate Pastor
Joe serves at Bethel as the Pastor of the Chicago location. He arrived in the fall of 2015, and quickly developed a heart for the people of Bethel. He has spent his entire life in the Chicagoland area, and finds a unique passion and love for the city. He graduated with a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and was ordained with the Presbyterian Church in America(PCA) in November of 2017.
Dave Fong is a lifelong Chicagoan who grew up in the inner city and now lives on the northwest side of Chicago. He has been married to Katie since 1969 and they have three children (Gina, Jacqueline and Courtney) and four grandchildren (Nathan, Cameron, Eliana and Timothy).
Dave joined Bethel because of its true teaching of the Bible and the diversity of its congregation, which allows him to make a meaningful difference in his life and in the lives of others. Dave has served Bethel since 1998 in Finance Ministry, Building Ministry, In Reach and BODs (Band of Disciples) Ministries, and was ordained an Elder in 2006.
Currently Dave is the Senior Manager at a Chicago Engineering Company. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren; playing tennis (especially with his wife in mixed doubles), and playing on BCC’s softball team.
Michael has been coming to Bethel Christian Church since 1998. He met his beautiful wife, Anna, at Bethel and has been married for eleven years. They have a son, Noah, who is four and a half years old.
Michael chose Bethel as his home church for two reasons: 1) Pastor Seesun and his biblical teaching and 2) the community at Bethel.
"I believe we do community well and can say we are truly a church family. We want to encourage and equip the members within our church so that we can partner to reach out to the world.
I would love to see our church continue to grow in number but more importantly to grow in maturity with our walk with God. We need discipleship and devotion for God in our daily lives. I don't want our church to be just happy with hearing sermons, doing Bible studies and having fellowship. I want to see lives changed so that we don't live mediocre Christian lives, but a life that is full of joy doing what glorifies God and enjoying Him.
My desire is that people who come to Bethel want to be used for God's glory and not have the mentality of what can Bethel do for me."
Michael was ordained as an Elder in 2006, and currently serves at the Bethel Wheeling location.
Paul Yi grew up on the northside of Chicago in a conservative Christian home, but didn’t commit his life to Christ until he was saved by the grace of God his freshman year in high school. He shared in the vision of Bethel Christian Church, and was part of the original church plant in 1994. In 2003, he married Jina and in 2014 they were blessed with their son, Emmett. Paul was ordained as an Elder in 2006, and currently serves in the music and children’s ministries.