Pastor Steve Kim grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Virginia Tech then went on to graduate from Biblical Theological Seminary. His ministry experience began in Philadelphia where he ministered for 16 years in various roles from a youth pastor, associate pastor, and then as a senior pastor & church planter. Throughout that time, he felt a calling from the Lord to return “home” to serve in the Washington DC area. On August 1, 2010, Pastor Steve was installed as Lead Pastor of Great Commission Community Church. He has a wife, Soo-Jin, and three teen-aged children: Josiah, Christian, and Abby. He is an Apple fan and holds a hidden appreciation for fashion and art.
Carl oversees our worship, prayer, and classes, in addition to his work of counseling and preaching. He holds degrees from Yale, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Trinity, including a Ph.D. in Biblical studies. Prior to serving GCCC, he served as a pastor to congregations in Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee. Carl is passionate about cultivating environments in which people experience and get shaped by the Spirit of Jesus. He also likes teaching, whether tutoring adults for basic literary, teaching university courses, or leading classes for the church. He is married with two children, and he enjoys a broad variety of music, books, and sports (if Wisconsin teams count as broad).
Small Groups & Operations Pastor
Tracy grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and graduated from Cedarville University and went on to study at Biblical Theological Seminary for his MDiv and MA in Counseling degrees. His ministry experience has centered around and been driven by his passion for spiritual formation and missions, with emphases in missional leadership, community life, and pastoral health. He has been deeply formed by his opportunities to be involved in church planting, teaching, discipleship, and shepherding ministry leaders in personal, relational, and church health. His other passions include playing golf and hanging out with his amazing wife Jenna and their three young kids Will, Sadie and Nathanael.
Youth & Missions Pastor
Jonathan grew up all over the world but spent most of his time as a kid running around in the forests of Germany. His parents were missionaries and from a young age, he developed a love for different cultures. He has a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries from Nyack College and a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary. Jonathan has served in New York, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Virginia. He is passionate about helping people encounter the Holy Spirit and living out their lives empowered by Him. Jonathan and his wife, Erika have five kids. In his free time, he enjoys going to the park with his kids, pick up sports, and strategy board games.
Children & Family Ministries Director
Erika Thornton studied Youth and Family Ministries at Nyack College, where she met her husband, Jonathan. She has served as a Children’s Director in NY and the youth coordinator for the Metro district. She also served for seven years in the Candidate Development Office of the C&MA. In 2014, she moved to VA with her family to church plant for a few years before serving at GCCC. Erika loves teaching people about Jesus, empowering parents, and getting kids excited about listening and obeying God’s voice. She also enjoys shopping, painting, and reading graphic novels with her kids on Saturday morning.
Tigan grew up in Wyoming but moved out to the DC area after graduating from Carleton College with a degree in Russian. She worked at an immigration law firm and a vet clinic for a time before settling in to the much more demanding work of raising two young children. She and her husband, Eric, share a love of community theatre, although Tigan’s passions in general incline more towards the details and behind-the-scenes work than in the center of a spotlight. Which is why she loves the administrative work of answering emails, tracking expenses, and reserving Sunday service venues.
Tysons Worship Director
Esther grew up in New York and Connecticut and is a proud alumna of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) with degrees in Political Science and Sociology. Esther was part of a local church in Ann Arbor during college and post-grad years, and she surrendered her life to Christ upon experiencing God’s radical love and transforming power through her community there. Esther moved to the DMV area in 2012 to attend law school and works in DC. Since joining GCCC, she has grown a deeper passion for intercession and worship ministry. She enjoys live music, running outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family over good food and conversation.
Children’s Ministry Assistant
Jenna was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia but ventured to the cornfields of Indiana for college, where she earned her BS in Elementary Education from Taylor University. After teaching preschool and Kindergarten for almost 10 years, she chose to stay home full-time with her own kids. God opened the door for her to work in Children’s Ministry at their church in Pennsylvania, then in Illinois, and now at GCCC. Jenna loves teaching young children and finds so much joy in seeing them learn. She also enjoys music of all kinds, having fun with her family, and homeschooling two of her three kids.
Wayne is our intern thinking about things like “How do we express the gospel well among this particular people in this particular culture and environment?” As he does that, he is helping lead our college ministry, H2O. Wayne grew up in Southern California, but left the sun to study at Georgetown University, where he attended GCCC. His great experience at GCCC during his college days led him to come back and intern with the church; he now shepherds H2O, GCCC’s college ministry. Wayne loves cultivating healthy environments where people find a home in Christ, encounter God’s Spirit, and live out their giftings and callings. Wayne is currently pursuing a MDiv at Fuller Seminary, and when he’s not reading for class, he’s reading for fun. Wayne loves mangos, the San Antonio Spurs, J.S. Bach, and prayer.
Board of Women
The current members of the Board of Women can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Park Lee
GCCC is governed by a Governance Board that contributes to all major decision-making. GCCC members elect board members. The current officers serving on the Governance Board are: