Korean pastoral intern finds harmony inside Elkhart County jail

Korean pastoral intern finds harmony inside Elkhart County jail

Sungbin Kim plays guitar as part of the music group that helped lead worship during Pastors and Leaders 2018 at AMBS in February. (Credit: Jason Bryant)

By Marshall V. King, South Bend Tribune Columnist (shared with permission)

ELKHART, Indiana — On a recent Sunday afternoon, Sungbin Kim, an AMBS MDiv student from Seoul, South Korea, stood inside a locked room at the Elkhart County Corrections Center, playing a borrowed guitar.

He’d start to sing, and then a dozen other men would join in. Ten of them were wearing colored scrubs as jail inmates. Together, they sang — vigorously and loudly. Together, they were a choir led by a Korean man who almost became an ordained Presbyterian minister but left behind that stability to come to the United States and study at a Mennonite seminary.

Read more about Sungbin’s experiences during his seminary internship.