Church gets a second life as home for Korean congregation

Charita Goshay

Less than a month after Christ United Methodist Church closed its doors, the edifice has gotten a reprieve.

The church, forced to disband in May due to dwindling membership, is now the new home of the Canton Korean United Methodist Church.

Founded in 1979, this marks the first time the Korean congregation will have a permanent home, said the Rev. Jaiesong Pi, pastor since 2005.

Pi said that prior to the new site, the congregation either leased or shared space at four different locations.

The congregation of 65 acquired the building May 11 and began conducting worship services May 23.

The majority of church members, Pi said, are immigrants, many of whom are married to native-born Americans. Worship services are conducted in Korean, with an English translator.

Christ United Methodist Church marked the fourth time in a year that a church from a mainline congregation either closed or merged with a sister congregation.

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