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Narrative Storytelling/Filmmaking with God

“We were designed to know, serve, and love God supremely - and when we are faithful to that design, we flourish. But when we instead chose to live for ourselves, everything began to work backward.” - Timothy Keller

This seminar will discuss how God intended work to be an essential part of our life from the very beginning of mankind and how we can all find our greater purpose through him. 

Speaker - Yohahn Ko

Yohahn Ko is a Korean-American filmmaker and storytelling coach. 

He has worked on a number of feature films and television shows such as “Us” by Jordan Peele & “13 Reasons Why.” 

He is currently working on his own faith-based projects that explores the themes of idolatry, the absence of God, and the grace of God.

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The Cooking Life

The kitchen is filled with creative and passionate people, and is no doubt challenging. However working in that kind of environment is not for everyone. In this seminar, you will learn about what working in a kitchen is really like, what cooking can branch out to, and how God is still there amidst all the chaos. Maybe you'll learn how to cook too. 

Speaker - Richard Kong

Richard Kong is an alumni of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. He has worked with many talented chefs, and is currently working under Chef Gin. Richard can cook most culturally specific dishes, but is most familiar with French and Korean food. He can talk about food for days, and enjoys all things athletic. Richard currently attends Light of Grace in Martinez. 

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God's Omnipresence in the software engineering world

Life after high school seems scary now that you're supposed to be an adult and it seems to feel that God is so distant from your busy life. This seminar will not only be a testimonial on how God plays a part in the adult working life, but also a time to share that adult life isn't actually that scary living in this world of silicon valley as a software engineer.

Speaker - Tommy Lee

Tommy graduated from Purdue University and currently works as a software engineer in Sunnyvale. He currently serves as the praise leader for CORE Fellowship at San Jose Korean Presbyterian Church. His hobbies include basketball, volleyball, building Gundams, and eating.

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Discovering myself through creative art

Do you enjoy the creative process? God is the creator of this world. God has created each and every one of us in His unique imago dei and with purpose for our lives. Living in this fast-paced, superficial, and consumerism culture, we have so little time to value our identity in who we are and the life that we have in God. Through this seminar you will be given a space to think about yourself in God's light and express yourself through creative mediums. We will also have a conversation about the process and what you have discovered through this creative process.

Speaker - Pastor Hesed Lee

Pastor Hesed is currently serving as the youth Pastor at San Jose Korean Presbyterian Church and as a director of Human Resources and Care with Streamside ministry with her husband. She graduated from Otis College of Art and Design with Communication Art and finished her Masters in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Talbot Seminary. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree from Portland seminary in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. She has two very active children. Joy just entered junior high school and Jayden started 3rd grade. She loves spending time in nature, painting and art making, and going on family trips.

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Biblical Creationism and Science

When it comes to the origin of universe matters, there have been many controversies over the two views, creationism and evolutionism, not only in academic fields but also in churches. However, This seminar will give a clear picture, assuring, “the Answers are in the Bible”

Speaker - Dr. Sangmin Lee

Dr. Sangmin Lee is currently working as a member speaker of the World Creation Ministries and a staff member of the TVNEXT.ORG ministry as a creation scientist. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry and is a former research engineer in several display companies in Korea and in Silicon Valley. His scholarly ambition seems to never end and he just begun to explore a new life course in a theological school.

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Spiritual Growth is not Optional

God is not done with his work when we first believe and are saved.  God intends day by day to make us into what we already are in Christ.  In doing so, Spiritual Maturity is not optional or marginal in the Christian life.  Every person that truly believes in Christ must increasingly be transformed into His likeness.

Speaker - Pastor Ben Cha

Pastor Ben is currently the EM pastor at Agape Presbyterian Church by day and a dog walker by night. He finished his M.Div from Talbot Seminary and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary for multicultural ministry. He is the creative force behind OneBay ministry and also the co-laborer at One Voice. With coke-zero running through his veins, he enthusiastically battles each day God has given so if you want to learn to grow spiritually, come and check out his seminar.

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Sitting at His Feet – QT Training

Believing in Jesus is not the same as sharing your heart in communion with Jesus. You can believe in Jesus and lack affection for Jesus. Just because you believe in Jesus does not guarantee you a great relationship with Him. To have a healthy and exciting spiritual life, thriving with joy, you must build a habit of sharing your heart with God in an intimate fellowship. In this sense, personal devotion, Quiet Time, is indispensable in the life of a believer. One of the key differences between all other religion and Christianity is the fact that all other religion says, "Go do something... do this and that," then you'll be 'saved.' But in Christianity, God says, "You can't do anything. Instead, rest in what I have done." He says, "Be still and know that I am God." God says to rest in his work, in his hands, in his power, in his presence. It's not about doing more but learning to rest more in the Lord. In a culture that is addicted to doing more, this goes directly against our nature!

Therefore, developing daily QT habit, setting aside time to praise, read the Word, and pray will establish an affectionate relationship with God. At times, QT can get confusing and dry, but if you persist, you will enjoy spiritual breakthroughs and blessings from God. God uses QT to... nourish, guide, nurture, grow, build, strengthen, bless...etc. In this short session, Pastor Sam Shin will teach one of the best ways to grow and be nurtured by the Word of God. Come. Learn. Grow!

Speaker - Pastor Sam Shin

Pastor Sam Shin is currently serving at Disciple Church in Milpitas, California as the lead pastor. He was working in the silicon valley as a graphic designer before God called him into Goldengate seminary for full time ministry as a pastor. He served churches in the Bay Area and Southern California for the last 20 years. His passion in life is to make disciples of Jesus wherever he serves. Pastor Sam lives with his wife, Yehee, and three children, Nathan, Ethan, and Esther.

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When We Love People The Wrong Way

It is clear that we are commanded to Love God and Love People. But there are times in our lives when we find ourselves loving people without loving God. What are the causes to this? Let’s explore the ways in how we can love people as God intended it to be.

Speaker - Pastor David Kim

Pastor David Kim is a life long SoCal boy that recently moved to the bay area. He graduated from Talbot Seminary in 2016 and currently serves as the high school pastor at New Vision Church in Milpitas, CA. His life long vision is to know Christ and to make Him known to the glory of God. Deep sea fishing is one of his passions.

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How to be Human: Love, Friendship and Sexuality

In the hyperconnected world of smartphones and instant communications, friends can be reached from the ‘ends of the earth’ with just a few taps on the screen. Yet many find life ‘disconnected’ and lonely. True love has been the focus of so many songs, TV series, and movies. (and books, if you still read them!) Yet it feels like love just comes and goes, leaving people broken but thirsty for the next fix. Human sexuality and gender education became a mandatory curriculum throughout K-12 education in all California public schools. Yet sexual violence, addiction, and general confusion seem to continue unabated.


Christians are not shielded from loneliness, addictions, or confusion. Christians sometimes feel awkward to bring up these issues with parents or at church. Some Christians even lose hope of having an ‘abundant life’ in the areas of love, friendship, and sexuality. This seminar explores what it means to be ‘fully human’ as God intended us to be, and how to begin to think and talk about these important issues in a relevant and helpful manner.

Speaker - Pastor Moses Kim

Pastor Moses is currently studying at Regent College and serves at Grace Community Church in Vancouver, Canada. Pastor Moses ministered to youth and college students for almost fifteen years and has also served as a full-time missionary both domestically and overseas. He has traveled extensively and has been to countries like Egypt, Kenya, Jordan, Israel, Italy, England, Thailand, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Mexico, Japan, and beyond. Pastor Moses is married to Caris (Eunhea) and has two children, Jubilee (3-years-old) and Evan (1-year-old).

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