The Rev. Hardy Kim

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA


Hardy Hyoung Nyun Kim  is senior pastor of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, CA.

A second generation Korean-American, Hardy was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his parents as an infant. When he was ten years old his family moved to Detroit, Michigan. His family found a solid foundation of community and stability in Korean immigrant churches.  In Detroit his family joined the Korean Presbyterian Church of Metro Detroit and soon thereafter the church called a woman as the pastor of their English ministry.  The authenticity of her faith and her guiding questions challenged Hardy to reexamine his faith and to develop a vibrant, sustaining faith for the entirety of his life.  He became very involved in congregational life, participated in mission efforts around the country, and attended denominational and ecumenical events. 

After receiving a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University in 1996, he enrolled in law school at the University of Michigan, believing that a career in law would enable him to change society and express his faith by helping others. However, after serving a year as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer in Mission in Belfast, N. Ireland, Hardy confirmed his calling was not to a career in law.  The joy he experienced in his ministry and in the connection with the community of faith around him convinced him that he needed a faith community to sustain him and ground him in his work.

In 2007 Hardy received a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. In September of 2008 he completed a two year program at Fourth Presbyterian Church as a Lilly Pastoral Resident. While a resident at Fourth, he was able to participate in a large multi-staff diverse urban church. His ministry there was particularly focused on new members, young adults and mission.  It was during this time that he received a sense of call to be in relationship with persons in periods of transition and discernment regarding their relationship with church communities. Hardy continued this ministry as Associate Pastor for Church Growth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, GA.



Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Hardy Kim

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Hardy Kim: Connect to Real Life, Connect to Jesus

Tuesday May 21, 2019
The Rev. Hardy Kim calls us to be "seized by the Spirit," and adds that a church can be “seized by the Spirit” as well – it’s a church that has courage not just to pray and witness to Christ, but work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

Hardy Kim: Food and "Them and Us"

Tuesday May 14, 2019
The Rev. Hardy Kim tells us that Peter’s dream was transformative for him, forcing him to overcome barriers not only of his diet, but perceived barriers with others who were not Jewish. And his dream compels us to consider how we can cross similar boundaries that exist between ourselves and others.

Young Leaders Series V: Proclaiming Christ in the New Areopagus

Tuesday May 24, 2011
In the final part of our Young Leaders of the Church Series, the Rev. Hardy Kim takes us back to ancient Athens, Greece, where the apostle Paul shows us how to engage the culture of the day.

Video by The Rev. Hardy Kim

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The Rev. Hardy Kim - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday June 10, 2011
In this last conversation interview in our Young Leaders of the Church Series Day1 host Peter Wallace sits down with the Rev. Hardy Kim to discuss his view of young people in the church and how to reach them with substance instead of style, his role and focus on church growth as associate pastor and the life of his church at First Presbyterian in Atlanta, GA.