Paul Yoo

Pastor of Mercy & Justice

Paul Yoo started working at Redeemer West Side in September 2019 as our Pastoral Resident. In his role, he’ll be leading our church’s efforts to better engage and serve our neighborhood through mercy and justice. He sees this initial stage as a season of listening and building relationships. “I’m meeting with lots of different people, both in the church and in the community, to listen for the burdens, pains, passions and dreams of our community,” he explains. “Our hope is to see our church members actively pouring their lives out for the good of the city.”

Paul went to undergrad at Columbia University and received his M.Div at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. “Jesus radically invaded and upended my life in college, and I sensed a strong calling to ministry,” he says. Following God’s call took him to plant a church in Sydney, Australia. “It was probably the hardest thing we’ve ever done - immigrating to a new country while planting a church with no money. But it was marked with an unmistakable sense of the Lord’s sweetness and grace, and a beautiful church was birthed.” Now in New York City, he senses that God is doing something here. “I’m both terrified and thrilled to be a part of it at such a time as this.”

He and his wife, Jamie, enjoy regular long walks in beautiful spaces, which has been a long ritual in their marriage. “I love walking, jogging, or biking through Central Park with my wife. It’s nice to watch the seasons change as you visit the park week after week.” He also enjoys reading, discovering new wines and cafes, and trying to be a fan of the New York Knicks.