A Partner Story: John and Hee-Jung Moon

One of the aspects of CTC’s work that gets us excited – that is really encouraging – is to see the rebirth of Christian communities in historically important centers of Christian thought and tradition.

John and Hee-Jung Moon are long-time supporters of Redeemer City to City (CTC). “We believe church planting and church building are an important element of what Christian believers are called to do. And CTC is exceptional at selecting pastor leaders and equipping them to follow their calling. It’s extremely gratifying to see how CTC prayerfully goes about this recruiting process for future church planters.” 

There are many aspects of CTC’s work that encourage them, the first being its passion for cities. “The emphasis on urban ministry is forward-thinking, anticipating where the world is headed.” And they resonate with CTC’s approach to church planting. “It’s about setting roots, committing to be a part of that particular city, meeting the needs of a local community in their local language and respecting the local culture.” 

But while every context and culture is unique, the gospel remains the same. “We like how CTC talks about transferring its gospel-centered DNA to churches around the world.” They appreciate how CTC trains church planters to contextualize without compromising the message of the gospel. 

They love the inspiring anecdotes of how God is at work all over the world—whether in a place previously unreached by the gospel, or a historically vibrant center of Christian faith that is now showing signs of spiritual life again. They think of how the Dutch were so influential in the Reformation, so they love that there are church plants in Amsterdam. And they’re encouraged by the gospel movement in Edinburgh for the same reason. “One of the aspects of CTC’s work that gets us excited – that is really encouraging – is to see the rebirth of Christian communities in historically important centers of Christian thought and tradition.”

Another place of interest for them is Japan. Hee-Jung was a visiting student in Japan during college, and John’s dad was born in Tokyo. They understand the hard-soil that global missionaries and church planters face there, and how isolated a new believer might feel, so they were drawn to the work of the Samurai Project. The Samurai Project’s mission is for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to be taught and shared increasingly throughout the city of Tokyo, and, from there, to all of Japan. John and Hee-Jung’s prayer for Japan is that leaders and the small Christian community would feel loved, well-cared for and encouraged.

John and Hee-Jung have formed many lasting and meaningful friendships through the CTC community—staff members, fellow CTC partners and global leaders. “Many of the staff members have become close friends of ours. We've also enjoyed meeting like-minded Christian believers from other parts of the world and learning from them.” They would encourage other partners to take advantage of any opportunity to meet the global leaders who are out doing this gospel work. “There’s nothing like meeting the local leaders to get a better sense of what is going on on the ground.”

John and Hee-Jung are very involved with their church, Central Presbyterian, with John serving as an elder and Hee-Jung as a Trustee. John is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and an adjunct professor of finance at the Columbia Business School. Hee-Jung is a former lawyer who has chosen to stay at home with their boys. She serves on the board of Hope for New York. They live in Manhattan with their two sons, David and Stephen.