Who are we?
Irvine Onnuri Church is one of 30+ overseas churches planted by Onnuri Church in Seoul, South Korea. Each of these overseas churches are a part of the Onnuri Vision Church Network which refers to the ACTS 29 Vision of Onnuri Church: to see the continual advancement of God's Kingdom today through the Global Church. Onnuri Church believes that God is working through the Global Church today and writing the 29th chapter of the book of Acts. Onnuri Church believes that as Christians, we are called to intentionally and faithfully engage in the work of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ until all the world ("Onnuri") hears the good news of Jesus Christ.
All Nations Ministry (ANM) is the English-speaking adult congregation (English Ministry) of Irvine Onnuri Church. We are a ministry that exists to participate in the expansion of God's Kingdom in Irvine, Orange County, and all of Southern California. As is the case with many immigrant churches, ANM works alongside the Korean Ministry (KM) of Irvine Onnuri Church to fulfill this vision. We desire to build a church where the KM and EM work together as "Two Ministries, One Church" in order to fulfill God's work for Irvine Onnuri Church.
One of the first faces you will see when you visit All Nations is that of Pastor Mike. Reaching out with a welcoming handshake, hug, or high-five, Pastor Mike has a deep love for his congregation. Pastor Mike is committed to leading All Nations Ministry to follow both the Great Commandment and Great Commission, and this is evident with his teaching.
Born in Detroit, MI, pastor Mike got his undergraduate education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and got his MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also spent three years living in Guam (1998-2000) and most recently was the English ministry pastor at Onnuri in Korea (2009-2018). His other ministry experiences including being the youth pastor at Antioch Bible Church in Chicago (2000-2003) and being the youth pastor at Hebron Church in Chicago (2003-2009).
As a loving husband to Sarah and his four children (Elijah, Rachel, Ella, and Ezekiel), Pastor Mike spends his spare time playing basketball, watching sports, and working out.
Pastor Amos received his calling into ministry in high school. During his college years, he was involved in several campus ministries at Pepperdine University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Religion. He is currently in his final semester at Talbot School of Theology working on his Master of Divinity (MDiv). After college, he became a youth pastor and college/young-adult pastor at a church in Brea, CA, and served in these positions until he took the Associate/College Pastor position here at ANM.
Pastor Amos moved around a lot in his childhood, but eventually settled in Orange County. His greatest passion is seeing the gospel transform lives. He is fascinated by great storytelling and loves watching great movies/shows and reading great books in his downtime. He also loves spending quality time with people eating good food and drinking great coffee.
Pastor Amos is engaged to his beautiful fiancée Priscilla whom he met at church where they served together as youth pastors. They are excited to get married in May 2021.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31, 32; 20:31; Acts 20:32).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19, 20; Ephesians 4:5,6).
God the Father
We believe in God the Father, the infinite, personal, and perfect head of the Trinity. He is perfect in power, wisdom, holiness, and love. We believe He cares for His creation and the lives of mankind that He created. We believe that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him in faith through Christ Jesus. (Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth through Mary, His sinless life, His miracles, and His teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension into heaven, continual intercession for His people, and His visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30,31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; 9:28; 1 Timothy 3:16).
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an aiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16;6:19; Galatians 5:22-26).
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; 2:17; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; 3:20).
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, constituting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church to worship, preach the Gospel to a lost world, and help them grow towards mature discipleship. (Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:19-21; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism is a physical picture of what has happened spiritually in the new life of a believer, being crucified, buried, and raised again from the dead with Christ. Therefore, in order to be baptized, the person must understand what has happened and what he/she is doing. The means of immersion would be preferred, but acknowledge that other methods may also be used such as sprinkling and pouring. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We believe the Lord’s supper is open for all believers to share in, knowing Christ has given us this example to follow in order to remember the greatest life, death, and resurrection in human history. We believe the elements to be symbolic of His blood and body that was given for us at the cross.
The Last Things
We believe that Christ will return the same way He arose, to establish His Kingdom fully here on earth. We believe in the resurrection of the body of all believers, the final judgment, the eternal life of the righteous in Christ and the eternal damnation and suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; 1 Thess. 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15).
We believe that the orthodox Christian faith is the only spiritual truth and that truth is absolute and exclusive. We reject spiritual pluralism and the notion that truth is relative to the individual. We believe that faiths and religious systems that do not conform to traditional creeds (such as the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed) and the articles in our Statement of Faith are heretical and counted among the “other gospels” that the Apostle Paul warns about in Gal 1:6-9. We make this statement in a spirit of humility and love, not out of arrogance or combativeness, as we simply seek to honor the authority and singularity of Scripture.