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Rev. Yim, Chung-koo

Rev. Yim, Chung-koo: He dedicated himself to the Korean independence movement through the Korean National Association.

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He was a central figure in the Korean independence movement in line with Dosan Ahn Chang Ho at Gong Lip Hyup Hoe and Korean National Association. He was baptized by an American missionary, Dr. Noble and learned a Western learning. He immigrated to America in 1905 with his mother to study further. He learned the English language for one year in Hawaii. He finished elementary and junior high in Los Angeles and graduated from Pomona College. He continued to study at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo in 1918. He succeeded Rev. Hwang, Sa-yong at Oakland Church as an evangelist in 1915. After his ordination, he served the church for the next 18 years. He married a younger sister Hwang-Ae- sung of Rev. Hwang, Sa-yong and Hwang, Sa- sun. It should be noted here that Rev.Hwang, Sa- sun put up his own personal name and integrity to have Chang, In-hwan who was imprisoned for 25 years for shooting Stevens, released on parole on January 10, 1919. He was always active in the independence movement site.  From 1915   through   1939, he was teaching, so- lacing and instructing Korean integrity, faith and education that he learned from Dosan while serving as vice-president of the Korean National Association and as a preacher in Oakland, Sacramento, Man- teca, Stockton and Reedley. He worked hard as he collected and forwarded funds to the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai. In 1919, he became the president of the Korean Nation- al Association in North America to lead active independence movement. He has been consis- tently donating independence funds from 1907 through 1939. He passed away on December 28, 1939 at a young age of 52 and buried in Oakland Mountain View Cemetery. He left two sons Mo- ses and Henry. Moses’ son , Howard, became a clergy following his grand-father’s foot-steps.

 

▲ Rev. Yim, Chung-koo, wife Hwang, Ae-sung and children.

▲ Rev. Yim, Chung-koo (standing from third from right circled on fourth row) visited Stockton for an evangelism meeting. (1920)

▲ Rev. Yim graduating from Berkeley University.

▲ Rev. Yim’s epitaph at Oakland Cemetery




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