Introducing Co-Pastors Rev. Dr. Andrew Thomas Kort Rev. Rachel Mihee Kim-Kort (starting August 3, 2020).
Andy and Mihee are an ordained clergy (PCUSA) couple who met while studying at Princeton Theological Seminary. They have three children—9 year old twins and a 7 year old son. Andy and Mihee have collaborated as pastors and speakers while also pursuing separate careers in ministry. Together, they are the authors of Yoked: Stories of a Clergy Couple in Marriage, Family, and Ministry.
Mihee Kim-Kort is a Teaching Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies and a Managing Editor for American Religion Journal. She was Director and co-founder of the UKirk Campus Ministry program at Indiana University. Previously, Mihee has served as Associate Pastor for College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton, PA (2006-2011) and United Presbyterian Church in Flanders, NJ (2005-2006). She has served the larger denomination as an elected commissioner member for the Synod of the Trinity (2008-2010), an elected member for the national board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (2010-2016), and an executive committee member for the national board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (2012-2016).
Mihee is also a celebrated author and speaker. She has been regularly called upon as a keynote, panelist, and teacher for conferences and writing workshops. Most recently, she was awarded a 2020 Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration.
Mihee has degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and English Literature and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado. She is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Indiana University. Born in Seoul, Korea, she and her parents immigrated to the United States shortly after her birth.
She loves all things Church, and believes in what God is doing in and through it despite the huge failings and egos that plague the all-too-human institution. But, because it was born out of the margins where God’s spirit has always moved and been present she is doing everything she can to see it and help others to feel it, too.
In her Pastor Information Form (PIF), Mihee writes:
“I am drawn to those churches that: 1) possess a deep connection to their histories and traditions, and 2) pursue creative and adventurous ways to minister to the larger community. I seek to serve in a community that is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, which often means venturing into the unknown.
To that end, I hope to serve in a community that questions and dialogues, seeks and learns, and values Christian formation for all ages, and is engaged in the role of Christianity in the public sphere. I am enthusiastic about the next generation, and empowering them in the church to be agents of God's mission in the world. I love an opportunity to serve collaboratively - with staff, volunteers and lay leaders.”
Andy Kort comes to FPC Annapolis with more than 16 years of full-time ministry experience. He joins our congregation after serving nine years as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, IN. Before that, Andy served as Pastor of Pilgrim Presbyterian Church in Phillipsburg, NJ (2005-2011) and Associate Pastor of Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, NY (2003-2005).
Andy graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he majored in Public Relations. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
In his PIF, Andy reflects on the type of church he feels called to serve:
“I enjoy ministry in a community where the worship of God is central, taken seriously, is done with integrity, and informs the responsive ministries of the congregation. The celebration of the sacraments must also be important and understood as necessary parts of the ministry of the church. I resonate more with traditional worship settings.
A community that invests in work locally and beyond themselves is one that I am interested in serving. This means the congregation must be willing to listen, study, and pay attention to what is going on in their neighborhood, in their city, and in the world around them. I seek to be in a congregation that seeks to serve others, rather than to be served or to only serve themselves.
I also think God calls me to ministry settings that are open to being challenged and even perhaps confronted by the prophetic and liberating voice of God in Jesus Christ. I seek to serve in a community that is open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, even if that means something new, different, or uncomfortable.
I hope to serve in a community that values Christian education for all ages, is open to exploring or learning about new trends and happenings in Christianity.”
A Pittsburgh native, Andy is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys reading, travel, good coffee, and beer.