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Our Lead Pastor

Pastor John Lim

Pastor John was born in Taiwan and lived in Yang Ming Shan (陽明山) for two years when he was just 6 years old. In fact, he lived across the street from Calvary in Taiwan Theological College and Seminary where his mother worked as an accountant. His father Andrew, a Presbyterian Pastor, was in the US studying for his Masters during that time. His father was a pastor for 35 years before entering heaven in 1996. Pastor John moved to the US with his younger sister Grace when he was 8 years old.

In Ohio and later in California, Pastor John taught Sunday School for children and later adults since he was 16 years old. He also did marriage and pre-marriage counseling for 25 years including marriage and pre-marriage seminars. Pastor John worked in the business world for many decades and worked in law enforcement for 14 years.

Education is very important to Pastor John and his family. Pastor John has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the states of Ohio and California.  His seminary training was from Veritas International University Seminary where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Pastor John was ordained in Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and was sent out to Taiwan in 2015 as a Pastor/Missionary. Pastor John taught the Bible verse by verse and chapter by chapter in 4 different churches in Taiwan including CIBC. 

Pastor John was married for almost 30 years before becoming a widower. His wife and best friend, Gwen, had cancer and went to be with the Lord and is currently doing the Lord’s work in heaven. They have three grown children and two of them are married. 

The Lord gave Pastor John a miracle in February of 2017. The Lord blessed Pastor John and he married Susan in Israel. How they got together is a beautiful God story. If interested, ask Pastor John and Susan about their story and they will be happy to share their God story.

Pastor John became the Lead Pastor of CIBC in April of 2018 where he and Susan are serving together. It’s pretty amazing that God would bring Pastor John back to Yang Ming Shan (陽明山) after 50 years. Pastor John and Susan are looking forward to this new chapter in their lives and are excited to see what God’s plans are for the future. 

Born: 1962

Favorite Verse: John 16:33    

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

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