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[NEWS] Retired Pastor’s Last Will – $10,000 Donation to His Alma Mater

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Bereaved Family of Late Pastor So Byeong-jik Delivers the Scholarship Fund to SU


The bereaved family of late Pastor So Byeong-jik, who spent his entire life serving in the U.S., donated a scholarship fund of ten thousand dollars to Sahmyook University, in accordance with his will.

Born in November of 1942, the deceased graduated from Sahmyook University as a theology major in 1970 and served in Daegu and the Busan area for two years. After marrying Ms. Im Sun-ja (one of the first class of graduates of SU Department of Home Education) in 1972, he moved to the US, graduated from Andrews University’s Seminary in 1984, and was ordained as a pastor in the New York Conference in 1986.

After that, So served several churches as a senior pastor, including the Fort Worth Church in Dallas, the Houston Korean Seventh Day Adventist Church in Texas, the Riverside Korean Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Queens Korean SDA Church in New York, and the Korean Central Church of New York until his retirement in September 2008. The faithful servant of God enjoyed his retired life with his family in Walla Walla County in Washington and Arizona before entering into a peaceful rest in the Lord at the age of 78, in February this year.

▲ From the left, the late pastor’s younger sister So Jin-ae, and President Kim Il-mok.

The donation ceremony of the scholarship fund was held at the President’s Office of the Sahmyook University Centennial Memorial Hall on July 5. The ceremony was joined by the late pastor’s younger sister So Jin-ae (adjunct professor at SU Department of Art and Design) and her husband Park Gwang-seon (former director of Sahmyook Adventist Dental Hospital).

“Throughout his entire life in the US, he always cherished the fond memories of his four years at Sahmyook University, which he said were the happiest times of his life,“ So’s family said. “He asked us to deliver this money to students with a calling to serve the Lord.“

President Kim Il-mok reciprocated, “In respect of So’s precious will, we will make sure to put this donation to good use to support and cultivate talented professionals.“

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