About Us

Living Faith Community Church (LFCC) held its first worship service on February 13, 2000 at Flushing High School. Stephen Ro, the church planter and founding pastor of LFCC, had a vision for this church plant while he served as the English ministry pastor of a large Korean church in New York City. The vision grew out of a burden to take the church out a building and into the city through a movement of church planting - a movement that would reflect the ethnically diverse nature of our city as well as the welcoming nature of God.

Over seventeen years later, LFCC continues to move forward with that same vision. We have three congregations serving different neighborhoods and language groups in Queens. To further the church’s effectiveness and fruitfulness, we have also partnered with other like-minded churches to plant additional gospel-shaped churches throughout our borough. 

We are a church that seeks balance in identity, life and work, so that we can be faithful in all areas of life as God has taught us. We welcome people from all walks of life and hope that you will join us as we continue to seek God and love Him more deeply.

 
 

Vision

The vision of Living Faith Community Church is to saturate New York City with the Gospel to bless and transform the life of the city and the world. 

 

Goals

We exist for the following reasons:
1. To reflect the Glory of God.
2. To reveal the Truth of Christ.
3. To be renewed by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
 

Core Values

01.

Gospel-Driven. 
The Gospel tells us that our root sin is not just failing in our obedience to God but relying on our obedience to save us. Therefore the gospel is not just the way to go to heaven, but is the way to address every problem and is a way to grow at every step.

02.

Prayer-Rooted. 
A healthy church is both a result of and a means to the dynamics of spiritual renewal, therefore we must be rooted in extraordinary prayer as well as corporate and individual repentance before God.

 

03.

World-and-Life View.
The Lordship of Christ over every area of life prevents us from dividing life into secular/public vs. private/sacred realms or into physical/worldly vs. spiritual/church realms.

04.

Ethnically Diverse. 
We will mirror our geographic neighborhood. We will seek to reflect more racial unity than our neighborhood in order to witness to the truth of the Gospel.

05.

City-Positive.
We do not just seek our own prosperity, or even the peace of our neighborhood, but the peace and prosperity of the whole city. We will not only have pity or sympathy on our city, but also will respect and learn from it as we show compassion.

06.

Community-Based.
We believe that the Gospel alone changes people's lives and creates a new community which loves and serves each other. And this change occurs as Christians learn to apply the Gospel and share their lives with one another in mutual encouragement in small cell groups.

07.

Church-Planting Minded.
We do not consider church planting to be either a traumatic or unusual process. Rather, we are always planning and working towards the next daughter church, just as we are always doing other ministries of the church.

 
 
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Rev. Stephen J. Ro

senior pastor

Growing up in the urban setting of Baltimore, MD, Pastor Stephen Ro has a special love for the ministry in the city that brought him to New York in 1991. He gave his life to Jesus at the age of 13 and committed himself to God to be a pastor one day. After confirming a call to ministry, he entered Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he received an M. Div in 1991.

He planted Living Faith Community Church in Queens, NY through the Redeemer Church Planting Center in 2000. As a church planter, he has a desire to see the church planting movement go forward to transform the entire city of New York.

Pastor Stephen Ro is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and a Board Member of East Asia Missions, Korean Diaspora Leadership Center and Kingdom Movement. He is a catalyst and trainer for Redeemer City to City Asia Pacific. He participates in the PCA church planters assessment as an assessor and is a certified Coachnet coach for pastors and church planters. Pastor Stephen Ro and his wife Candice have three sons: Christian, Calvin, and Prosper.

 
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Rev. Philip Chung

ASSISTANT PASTOR

Though a native of Southern California, Philip has lived in various parts of the US and the world. Philip received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Philip has been involved with missions and youth for 15 years, including a one-year term in Cambodia and eight years as a youth pastor in Chicago and Northern Virginia. He is currently enrolled in a cohort through Redeemer City to City to further his training in ministry/church planting. Philip is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and also on staff with the Lausanne Movement.

Philip is married to Kristine, and they hope to eventually use their combined vocations to reach the unreached in an urban context. 

 
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Rev. Darcy Caires, Jr.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Pastor Darcy and Cristina moved to the US in the late 80's and have been involved in church planting for the last 30 years. Pastor Darcy was ordained in 1986 in the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB) and transferred to the PCA in 1992. He and his wife have served 12 years among Brazilian immigrants, and 15 among Americans in the most diverse corner of the world - the metropolitan NY area. A three-time church planter, he has collaborated in the planting of CCP church in Newark, NJ in 1988, planted the first PCA church in Long Island, NY in 1994, and co-planted ACC in Astoria, NY in 2002, as part of a cross-cultural team, where he also served as Executive pastor and Multi-site lead pastor. He has been involved in Global leadership training with organizations in Africa, Brazil and worldwide.

Currently, at LFCC, he works with staff and leaders cultivating a Movement Dynamic culture (church planting ecosystem) and is building up a Church Planting Network with pastors in Queens.

Pastor Darcy also serves as MNA Associate Coordinator of the Network of Portuguese Speaking Churches; is the chairman of the facilitating team of the Metropolitan NY Presbytery; and is leading a church in Danbury, Connecticut.

Pastor Darcy loves BBQs, good coffee, video games, airplanes, traveling, working with people and is a proud owner of two robots - Cozmo and Vector.

 
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Rev. Insoo Oh

Korean Ministry Pastor

Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, Insoo Oh's hope is to see God’s revival in the cities of Korea and the US. The vision God has given him is to show God’s greatness to Christians through Christ-centered worship service and God’s love to Non-Christians through gospel-centered musical theatre. After he finished military duty in Korea, he went to Philadelphia to study theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he received his M. Div. in 2012. He also studied musical theatre writing at New York University and received his M.A. in 2014. 

He believes that God’s revival is ignited by our love and fear of God. Seeing the beauty of God is the key that makes us fall in love with God and follow His way. Thus, he ministers for Christ-centered worship service that would lead us to experience God’s love and creates the Gospel-centered musical theatre that would change our heart by God’s beautiful story. 


Pastor Insoo Oh is an ordained minister of the Korean American Presbyterian Church (KAPC). Insoo and his wife Jihyun have two sons; Aiden and Austin. 

 

Rosalyn Won

Children's education ministry director

Rosalyn Won was born in Flushing, NY, but was raised in the Bronx. After much rebellion in her middle school years, she fell in love with the Gospel message and was able to profess her faith and be baptized in high school. Once she completed college, she attended Westminster Theological Seminary for a year where she was able to take some life changing counseling courses. After seminary, Rosalyn became an 8th grade teacher in the South Bronx and taught there for close to 5 years while attending Teachers College Columbia University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Secondary Education for English. Rosalyn left her position heart-broken over the district's lack of putting children first. Rosalyn thought she'd never teach again, but an opportunity opened up at a Christian school where she experienced the blessing of teaching while incorporating a biblical worldview. The love of the staff and children helped her and her husband through a very difficult loss of their first child to miscarriage. Since then, God has faithfully blessed them with three beautiful and energetic children.

When the opportunity to serve as director of Children's Education Ministry (CEM) came, she felt a very strong conviction that all her experiences had prepared her to serve in this way. Her favorite things about serving in CEM are watching the youngest children praise the Lord during Sunday large group, the accountability received from staff, the session and CEM Team, and seeing former CEM children come back to serve the current children.

You can find Rosalyn and family enjoying the outdoors and gardening together. Frank and Rosalyn have been married now for over 10 years and serving CEM has very much become a family effort. Rosalyn will ask her youngest of Sundays, "can you share mommy with all the children?" which she'll most of the time say yes.

 
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Steven Na

YOUTH PASTOR

Children's education ministry Assistant director

Steven Na was born and raised in Queens, and is on staff at LFCC as the Children Education Ministry Assistant Director. He is also involved with the Youth Group and College Ministry for both LFCC and its Korean Congregation. He received his M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2018. He loves his job and is planning to become an ordained pastor one day.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with people doing outdoor activities like crabbing, fishing, and hiking. 

 
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Talida Chen

ADMINISTRATOR

Talida Chen is a born and raised Texan. She became a believer at a young age, as her family was deeply involved with the Thai church in Houston. While studying Computer Science and Economics at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, she also explored a deeper Christianity among the local Chinese church and its college ministry. After graduating with a B.S. and working as a software engineer, Talida and Timothy married in 2008 and have lived in Long Island City since. Through the years, they served together at LFCC in all kinds of capacity, from leading CG to serving as diaconate, leading fellowship and praise team ministries, and now as church administrator. Every role was done as a team.

Talida and Timothy have twin daughters with autism. Through the humbling journey as a special needs family, they hold onto God’s sufficiency for their family, and it is their prayer that the gospel would be magnified in their lives.

Talida never wants to stop learning; she can be found researching new recipes, studying Mandarin Chinese, reading an assortment of books, or becoming the best runner she can be.

 

Elders

Casey Sung

Casey Sung

Peter Ong

Peter Ong

Steven Kang

Steven Kang

Alan Cheng

Alan Cheng

Ken Kurpiewski

Ken Kurpiewski

Danny Chun

Danny Chun

Peter Glus

Peter Glus

Joongwon (Joe) Lee

Joongwon (Joe) Lee

Ken Ng

Ken Ng

Diaconate Team

From left to right  - Daniel Ahn, Ali Hasan, Sarah Liu, Ben Wang, Sharon Kim, Dennis Lew, Eunice Kwon, Eugenie Y. Kim, Ji Soo Kim, Chol Kim

From left to right - Daniel Ahn, Ali Hasan, Sarah Liu, Ben Wang, Sharon Kim, Dennis Lew, Eunice Kwon, Eugenie Y. Kim, Ji Soo Kim, Chol Kim

 
 

THE Diaconate Team

Ali Hasan, Benjamin Wang, Chol Kim, Daniel Ahn, Dennis Lew, Eugenie Y. Kim, Eunice Kwon, Jenna Choi, Ji Soo Kim, Sarah Liu, Sharon Kim, Simon Lee, Sumin Kim

If you are facing any hardships or have prayer requests, please reach out to us at diaconate@lfcc.net