Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Kye Ile Hong 

His ministry vision:

  • Being faithful in his personal walk with Jesus Christ and leading others by example
  • Serving and caring for the needs of the congregation with God’s love
  • Teaching the Biblical truths and how to apply them in daily life
  • Equipping the church to minister to the needs of the community and to share the Gospel to the community and the world
  • Providing discipleship education to youth and raising spiritual leaders
In the Northern Illinois Conference, the Rev. Dr. Kye Ile Hong comes to Cosmopolitan United Church from the Korean Central UMC in Prospect Heights, IL. He previously served Salem Korean UMC in Schaumburg, IL.  In other regions and annual conferences, Pastor Hong had served the Buffalo Korean UMC in Buffalo, NY, where he reached out to the University of Buffalo’s graduate students and established a campus ministry for foreign students. He also served the Peoria Korean UMC in Peoria, IL, with an outreach ministry in Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.  In Korea, prior to his immigration to the U.S., Pastor Hong served churches in Seoul. He was a military chaplain in the South Korea Army.  Pastor Hong received theological educations in the U.S. and Korea.: Bachelor and Masters of Theology in Seoul Methodist Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry at Garrett Theological Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, IL.  Pastor Hong belongs to a family of pastors. His father and three younger brothers are all pastors.  He is joined at Cosmopolitan by his wife, Jin Hee, a dietitian, a graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul. They have two daughters: Grace Hong Yoon, administrative analyst for the City of Long Beach, California, who is married to Sam Yoon, a youth pastor of Irvine Baptist Church in Irvine, California; and Selah Hong, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and currently teaches in Urbana.



“According to your faith”  from the January/February 2010 Issue of the Cosmopolitan Chimes

“Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

When my daughter Grace was 1 years old, she got a serious cold. We rushed her to St. Francis Hospital at midnight. She was put into a little bed covered by vinyl and warm steam all around. All that night and the next day, I sat and waited in the waiting room. I was so anxious and worried. Next to me, there was a shelf with some brochures. By chance, I picked one up. To my surprise, the brochure had a passage from the Bible – Mark 11:24. It said, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Suddenly, the Word of God brought faith into my heart. I began to say, “Lord, heal my daughter Grace.” I also began to pray, “Thank you Lord. You have heard my prayer. Lord, you healed Grace completely. Thank you Lord, for you have cured my daughter.” While I prayed, I began to feel a sense of assurance. The anxiety in my heart melted away. I felt peace. By the third day at the hospital, Grace recovered and came back home healthy.

Since then, I have never forgotten the verse that I read in that hospital waiting room. This passage has given me assurance and faith throughout my life. Does that mean God answers all our prayers just the way we ask? No. Sometimes God says yes. Sometimes God says no. And sometimes, God is silent. But in any and every situation, we should cry out to our God believing that God has the power over everything and God will always do what is right. I may not understand everything God does, but I can have confidence in knowing that God is an all-powerful, all-loving God.

The power of the verse is less about the outcome and more about your faith. God desires from us a heart that trust, seeks, and believes in the power and character of God. When you pray, do you believe or do you doubt? Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would” (Matthew 8:13). What do you believe? “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). Do you believe that God can perform miracles? Do you believe that God is with you at all times? Do you believe that God listens to you? Do you believe that God is with you? Do you trust God’s timing? God sees our hearts and responds according to our faith.

Let us ask God for greater faith. Let us pray to God believing that He can do great things in our lives and in our society. Through our prayers of faith, let us invite God to perform his awesome