WS Update: Sundays and Mondays

June 9, 2023

Each Sunday after the benediction, I end the service with this exhortation: “Let us go forth to serve the world as those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The congregation responds: “Thanks be to God!”, affirming the grace that enables us to serve Jesus in our daily lives. In Manhattan, one of the chief ways that service happens is through our work, which can take the form of stay-at-home parenting, teaching, banking, and a myriad of other vocations. One of the foundational values of Redeemer is weaving the gospel theology we affirm every Sunday in worship into our vocational lives on Mondays. To help us live out the mandate to serve Jesus and his kingdom through our work, Katherine Leary Alsdorf founded Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) in 2002. (See the book she and Tim Keller wrote exploring the theological framework for this ministry).

In a post-pandemic NYC, the challenges of how to connect our relationship with Jesus to our work is more important than ever. This is why I am so grateful that Paul Sohn has started as the new Director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work, a position that serves all the Redeemer churches. You can learn more about him below. Please pray for their family during this season of transition, and pray for the work of your hands today, that it will become part of the scaffolding of the Kingdom of God.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! – Psalm 90:17

Meet Paul Sohn, Director of Center for Faith & Work

With a decade of experience in equipping and empowering Christians to live out their faith in the workplace, Paul Sohn, the newly appointed Director of the Center for Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, brings entrepreneurial energy and passion to this exciting new role.

After experiencing his own quarter-life crisis, Paul left his dream job at The Boeing Company to found QARA, an organization dedicated to helping the next generation of leaders discover their God-given purpose and calling. He’s coached high-capacity emerging leaders, produced content on leadership and calling, and organized an innovative online conference featuring 25 thought leaders and industry experts. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, an MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and an MA in Bible Exposition from Talbot School of Theology. 

Paul’s books on calling and vocation Quarter-Life Calling (2016) and Millennials Calling (2019), have been widely recognized. He’s spoken at a TEDx event and been named one of the Top 33 under 33 Christian Millennials to Follow by Christianity Today. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Strategic Career Initiative at the business school of Biola University, where he developed and taught the university’s first course on calling and faith & work, creating a calling and career roadmap for students. 

As a 1.5-generation Korean-Canadian-American, Paul enjoys building bridges between people and culture. He and his wife, Saehim, and their baby daughter, Peace, have recently moved from Orange County to NYC. They’re excited to be part of the Redeemer community and look forward to exploring new restaurants, playing tennis, and having deep conversations with new friends.

We’re excited to welcome Paul to this important role and look forward to the leadership he brings to our Center for Faith & Work. The Center for Faith and Work is Redeemer’s centralized ministry that coordinates the Gotham Fellowship and courses like F&W 101 to support our discipleship. With Paul’s leadership, we look forward to expanding our missional focus and offering programs to equip and send you into your workplaces to love and serve the city. Join us in this exciting journey by getting involved and signing up for the Gotham Fellows program to deepen your understanding of faith and work integration.

Church Picnic

A time to gather, hang out with friends and meet new people. We’ll play bingo and other outdoor games. Prizes include RWS swag! Bring a blanket and your lunch and come hang out with RWS staff and your fellow congregants in Central Park. 

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