Nature 37

Rev. James Pak

March 23, 1936 ~ September 24, 2022 (age 86)


Reverend James Pak was born on March 23, 1936 in Korea. He was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. At the age of 14, he fled his hometown to South Korea at the start of the Korean War in 1950. He graduated from Su-San High School and attended Kun-Kook University in Seoul, Korea, majoring in Political Science. He served in the Korean military as a KATUSA, an English translation liaison group for the U.S. Military in 1964. After discharge, he was an entrepreneur and businessman. He married Esther Pak on October 16, 1965. He and his wife had three children: Elisabeth, Sarah, and Jason. He immigrated his family to the United States on February 27, 1974, and settled in Landover, Maryland. He became an auto mechanic and welder, and his wife was a babysitter and homemaker. In April of 1979, he moved his family cross country to San Jose, California. He became a military tank welder at FMC Corporation. In 1986, he answered God’s call to Christian ministry and attended a theology seminary in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation and ordination, he served as an associate pastor at several Full Gospel churches in Korea, San Diego, and San Jose. He was the head pastor at his startup churches. From March 2000, he actively practiced street evangelism. He wrote several evangelistic tracts and manuscripts with the partnership of his wife. His favorite venues were parks and shopping malls. Shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was forced to retire in March 2020. His medical conditions then became serious. He became hospitalized on August 7, 2022 and was in hospice care on August 25, 2022. By the grace of God, Reverend James Pak passed away peacefully to Heaven in his sleep on September 24, 2022. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, children, and six grandchildren.

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Funeral Service
September 28, 2022

12:30 PM
Darling & Fischer Chapel of the Hills
615 North Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030

September 28, 2022

2:00 PM
Los Gatos Memorial Park
2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.
San Jose, CA 95124

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