Community welcomes new minister to Mindemoya Pastoral Charge

Reverend Joshua Kang, centre, is the new minister of the Mindemoya Pastoral Charge. The local community hosted a welcome potluck dinner for Reverend Kang in Mindemoya.

MINDEMOYA—An official welcome potluck dinner was held by the community for Reverend Joshua Kang, of the Mindemoya Pastoral Charge, at the Mindemoya United Church.

The Mindemoya Pastoral Charge includes Mindemoya, Providence Bay and Kagawong. “I actually started  last Sunday, but had been given a grace period before I started preaching,” said Rev. Kang, who is originally from South Korea, in an interview with the Recorder. “I am a South Korean Canadian,” he said, noting he had studied at school in Vancouver.

“I have been studying and working as a minister in Canada for 12 years,” said Rev. Kang. “I’m a United Church minister, but have worked in the English Presbyterian in Toronto, Windsor and, most recently, in Amherstburg, Ontario over the past 12 years; serving in various churches and in the downtown mission at one of the chapters.”

Rev. Kang pointed out, “it is with the inside language spirit of God that brought me here to Manitoulin Island. It is God’s will that I am here.”

“I’ve been here for two weeks and so far so good,” said Rev. Kang. “I’ve been enjoying the friendly people and nature on the Island. For instance, I attended a horseshoe tournament at Rainbow Ringers in M’Chigeeng last Friday where I was able to meet many friendly people. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon there.”

Rev. Kang, who is living in a house in Big Lake, told the Recorder, “I’m willing to learn from everyone here on the Island. I want to be a student and hope people will teach me their culture and ways. I’m here to serve and I want to learn and find ways to serve the community for the glory of God.”