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Our Story


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Our Story


We were officially planted as an independent church in 2007, but our roots began to form earlier than that…

It all began as the English Ministry of Calgary Korean Baptist Church (CKBC), a member of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, was looking to expand into a new area of ministry. Since its inception, the English Ministry had seen a number of changes, not only in people but also in structure.  The congregation consisted mainly of second generation Koreans but there was growing number of people from other cultures participating in the ministry. After much prayer, the leadership team was convicted and challenged to meet the needs of this multicultural group of people. In October 2006 the leadership team from the English ministry made a proposal to CKBC to start a new church focused on ministering to this developing group. This proposal was approved and blessed by Calgary Korean Baptist Church and the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada and GoodTree Christian Fellowship was planted in 2007.

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Our Beliefs


Our Beliefs


Scripture

We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testament, to be the inspired Word of God. We believe in its entire trustworthiness, its complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and women and its final authority on all matters of Christian faith and life.

Trinity

We believe in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where He now intercedes, at the right hand of the Father, as High Priest and Advocate.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict men and women, regenerate the sinner and indwell, sanctify, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living service.

Personhood

We believe that men and women were created in the image of God but fell into sin and therefore became subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, inwardly depraved, and apart from grace, incapable of returning to God without Jesus Christ.

Salvation

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and become children of God.

Church

We believe in the unity and common priesthood of all true believers, together who form the one universal Church, the Body of which Christ is Head.

Return of Christ

We believe in the imminent return of Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment.

Baptism

We believe that baptism is Jesus’ command for those who believe. Full immersion is the pattern established in the Bible. Baptism by immersion allows a believer to publicly identify with Jesus.

Baptism is one of the first significant acts of obedience to Jesus in the life of a new believer. It is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith in Christ and to express our commitment to live in obedience to God’s Word.

Our Mission Statement

To help people establish a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and equip them to become disciples of Jesus Christ in the world for the glory of God.

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Our Team


Our Team


 
“we are given privilege and opportunity to do good, it is our time to act” 

John Huh // lead pastor

Rev. Dr. Capt Kwang John Huh

"My wife Doris and I have been married since 1997 and we have four children together, Nathanael, Samuel, Ariel and Katriel. I have pastored since 1992 and in 2007 as part of a team from Calgary Korean Baptist church, we planted GoodTree Christian Fellowship. I joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2012 and I am the chaplain to the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, a light armoured reconnaissance reserve unit. I graduated from Regent College with my Master of Divinity and in 2011 graduated with my Doctorate of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco.  When I am not working, I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball, fishing and golf, but most of all spending time with my family."

Email: john.huh@goodtree.ca


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zeta lee // associate pastor

"I have a beautiful wife named Mary who is my eternal partner in Christ. We were married in 2010 and we have a beautiful baby daughter, Rua who brings joy to our family.

I was born in Kuwait, grew up in South Korea, and moved to North America in 2005. 

During 2008-2012, while I was completing my M.Div. program at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, God used me as a church planting pastor of Global Mission Christian Fellowship (GMCF). In September 2013, God guided GMCF to merge with GoodTree Christian Fellowship (GCF) in order to reach out to more multi-ethnic souls in Calgary. I'm a part of the pastoral team at GoodTree and my roles are to serve Sunday School Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Congregation Care, and Missions."

Email: zeta.lee@goodtree.ca


 
 

TYLER GRAFTAAS // associate pastor

"Angela and I have been married since 2000 and we have four wonderful children. Noelle, Nathan, Ryley and Tracey continue to shape and mold our understanding of the love God has for us in ways we could never have understood before having children.

In 2014 I graduated with an M.Div. from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and was ordained by GoodTree in September of that year. Although joining the GoodTree pastoral team full time after graduation, we have been a part of the church shortly after it began. Currently I am part time associate pastor here at GoodTree, as well as interim lead pastor at Crescent Heights Baptist Church.

God continues to astound us and call us to faith. Jesus’ words to follow resound within our hearts and minds and we continue to learn what it means to let go of the comfort of control and trust where he is leading us.”

Email: tyler.graftaas@goodtree.ca


 

Janice Lee // communications + ADMIN

"Born and raised in Ontario, I have called Calgary my home since 2007. I have been a part of the GoodTree community since 2014. Jase and I were searching for a church community that would be supportive of our relationship and challenge us to grow in our faith. In GoodTree, we found our home church and committed to becoming members of this loving community. We are a part of a couple small groups that we are blessed to serve and serve alongside. We are blessed by the friendships formed through our various small groups and the larger church community. 

I started working at GoodTree part time in 2016 in the role of Communications & Administration. It has been an honour and a blessing to be a part of the leadership team at GoodTree and to be able to use my skills and passions to serve the church. 

When I'm not at GoodTree making bulletins, attending meetings, updating our website, or dabbling in media, you might find me at a wedding taking photos (I have a side photography business) or helping Jase out with his catering company. Jase and I married in 2016, and since then, our life has been nothing short of crazy busy, but we are thankful to God, our families, and our community for the love that He continues to pour into our lives."

Email: info@goodtree.ca


 

JOE KIM // ELDER

"I grew up in Edmonton, which is where Gilian and I got engaged before moving to Ottawa to complete our 3 years of medical residency. While there, we became husband and wife and now, Calgary is our home. We now have two daughters.

We have the privilege of caring for others as physicians: Joe at the Rockyview Hospital as an Infectious Diseases Doctor and Gilian in the community as a Palliative Care Doctor. Looking back, it’s amazing to see God’s handprints all throughout the various stages of our lives. He is truly awesome and we are thankful.

Since being in Calgary, we have been part of GoodTree Christian Fellowship. It is a humbling and exciting journey as we witness God’s work and moving in the church. Our desire is simply to serve in whatever capacity He calls us to, and we have the joy of building community through fellowship and small groups, serving in missions, and participating in leadership."


 
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JAMES KIM // ELDER

"I was part of the original GoodTree Christian Fellowship planting team and became one of the appointed Directors. Once an elected Deacon Board was established, I was part of the Deacon Board until 2014, and was Deacon Chair for 3 years.  During this time I also served in the worship team in various capacities, and led mission teams to Rwanda, Thailand, and Cambodia.

From 1999-2000, I spent time with Youth With a Mission, attending the Discipleship Training School and School of Worship in Kona, Hawaii.  I also staffed Mission Adventures in Los Angeles in 1999 and Niko from 2003-2005, an intensive 5-day leadership development camp through Kings Kids Calgary.  This all helped cultivate my heart for worship, missions, and mentorship.

I married Helen in 2005 and have 2 young children - Amelia and Oliver.  An engineer by trade, I also enjoy fly fishing, skiing, hockey, and cooking."


 

ERIC OH // ELDER

"I have served as a part of the leadership team at GoodTree Christian Fellowship since 2007. I have previously served in church leadership in Edmonton and various capacities here at GoodTree. I am currently serving as the Treasurer of the board.

I was born in Edmonton where I completed my electrical engineering degree at the University of Alberta. I moved to Red Deer after university, and then moved to Calgary in 2007 currently working at an electrical utility. You will often see me around with his wife, Tracy, and three children. Outside of family, work, and church, I enjoy playing sports, hanging out, and reading up on nerdy engineering stuff."


 

AARON LO // chair, deacon of fellowship

"I was born and raised in Calgary and grew up in a large Chinese church my whole life. My journey led me down to West Virginia to complete my doctor of pharmacy degree. It was definitely a culture shock, but I thank God for guiding me through that time. I met my wife Lindsay in May of 2013, and that summer she invited me to play at the GCF golf tournament, and somehow I ended up winning that year. Since that summer, I’ve been attending Goodtree and looking for different ways to serve in the ministry.  We got married in May of 2015 at the church in front of many of our friends in the congregation and family. Goodtree to me, is a place where we can develop life long friendships, and relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Lindsay and I will strive to grow together, raise a God fearing and God loving family, and support our church in any way possible.  I’m looking forward to serving on the deacon team and providing leadership to the church with the help of God."


 

JUSTIN CHAN // DEACON OF EDUCATION

"Kitty and I were married in August 2013.  We are both engineers and have been attending GoodTree since it started when we were in university.  Prior to GoodTree, I was not a part of a church community.  Upon becoming a part of God’s people here at GoodTree I found friendship, support to endure life’s challenges, a place to challenge my understanding of life and a place to grow and mature.  I have had the opportunity to serve God through different ways at GoodTree, but have only recently been privileged enough to serve as a deacon. Kitty currently is a part of the Sunday School ministry team.  Together, we are continuing to discover what it means to be faithful to God and obedient to his call in our life."


 

JEREMY PARK // DEACON OF FINANCES

"I have been attending GoodTree since 2012 and recently became a deacon in 2014.  Before coming to GoodTree, I was raised in an ethnic Korean church with my parents.  Growing up as a second generation Asian-Canadian, I yearned for a Christian community that shared common values and beliefs where I could express myself more freely and find new ways to serve God.  Upon finding GoodTree, I felt welcomed and secure in my unique identity, as well as developing life-long relationships within a loving and caring community.  I’ve been on mission trips to South Africa several times, and continue to serve the South Africa ministry by training and leading short term mission teams.  I currently serve as church secretary."


 

KRISTEN KWAN //DEACON OF MISSIONS

"I moved to Calgary from Toronto in 2009, and began the hardest, but most enlightening, journey of my life.  Through that journey, God allowed me to marry my best friend and husband Michael Kwan in 2013, after having dated for 6 years prior.  While searching for churches in the Calgary area, we were connected to Goodtree Christian Fellowship in 2010 through a friend, and a joint ministry.  Five years later, it has been an honor to serve this congregation through various teams and roles, and to be a member of the Deacon Board.  We believe God has called our family, as a doctor and a nurse, to serve him in the medical mission field overseas.  Together, Michael and I have done short term missions in rural China, Dominican Republic, and South Africa.  We continue to pray and seek where he might lead us in the future to serve, live, and work for the Kingdom.  As we go about our daily lives here in Calgary, pray that our hearts and that of our future family, would be Kingdom minded.  On my free time, I enjoy hip-hop dancing, and have been dancing with a hip-hop dance company for close to 9 years.  I see beauty in the way creative expression can be seen through the combination of physical movement and music."


 

MICHAEL LEE // DEACON OF HUMAN RESOURCES

"I grew up in Taber before moving to Calgary with my family when I was 7. Calgary has been my home ever since. I have attended GCF since 2012 and have been actively involved in the Open Door Café Ministry. In my journey as a Christian I am challenged to be open to opportunities to serve and grow in my faith.  I’ve most recently participated on a short term mission trip to South Africa. I look forward to seeing how God continues to move through, and grow our community."


 

JOSEPH LOW // DEACON OF SMALL GROUPS

"I was born in Brunei and grew up in Vancouver. I moved to Calgary in 2000, and in 2008 I became very blessed to meet and eventually marry my wife, Jewel, and gain Tiana as a daughter . It was Pastor John that officiated our wedding and our family is fortunate to have him as a friend.

Jewel and I have been attending Goodtree on and off since about 2010 and more regularly since 2012. It was through a very difficult time in our lives that God placed many angels from our community to walk and support our journey which I am forever grateful for. When the hands of GCF laid on us it was the first time I felt the Holy Spirit. I am always amazed to what God can do in our lives.

We have been very fortunate in getting to know our brothers and sisters through various social and church events and we pray we can continue to grow together in Christ. In 2013 I was fortunate to go to Mexico with Tiana on a family mission trip and see the grace of God work in another part of God’s creation. I look forward to continuously learning what God desires in my life.

Jewel has taught Language Arts for over 13 years and I have worked as a Sales Manager in the food industry for over 20 years. We are blessed to be a part of various small groups to grow our faith, and share our lives and experiences with our community. I have been learning the importance of reaching out to people and hope to continue to grow in this area.

It truly is an honor and privilege for me to be able to serve our community."


 

ANTHONY CHAN // DEACON OF CHILDRENS MINISTRY

"I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, my family moved to Calgary when I was six. Calgary has been my home since then. I attended the University of Calgary, and have worked in the IT field for over 15 years. 
  
Prior to attending Goodtree Christian Fellowship, I served at a Chinese church with the youth and young adults for 20 years.  My wife Flora and I started attending Goodtree in 2014.  Since then, I have been focusing on our growing children’s ministry - whether it be teaching lessons or trying to dance like a bee. Meanwhile, Flora has been continuing her passion with worship ministries and helping the toddler's ministry.  
  
I have three amazing kids - Micah, Harmony and Gabriel who have taught me about a Father's love for his children.  I enjoy my morning runs, evening Taekwondo lessons, coaching my kids' soccer teams on the weekends and spending time with family.  Please feel free to connect with me for a beverage or lunch. I am an introvert, but a nerdy quirky introvert - so I'd love to listen to your story while matching it to a movie or TV line!"


 

ANGIE LAM // SUMMER STUDENT

"Calgary has been my home for all 19 years of my life and I’m so thankful to have been born and raised here. I was introduced and grew up in a church setting for most of my adolescence, but after entering the tricky environment that is high school, I foolishly abandoned my faith. It wasn’t until I met Isaac that my life seemed to navigate along a path God placed before me. 

Janice and Jase, Isaac’s sister and brother-in-law, introduced us to GoodTree near the end of 2014. On the very first Sunday of 2015, Isaac and I attended service here and have been committed to this community ever since. We are a part of BFF, a college small group, and I volunteer with the church’s Sunday school program regularly.

We are very blessed by the various connections, friendships, and overwhelming support we receive from the community here at GoodTree. 

I look forward to lending a hand to all the hard-working Pastors, elders, deacons, and staff who ensure that GoodTree is the amazing community that it is. Besides being a student at the University studying business, you can also find me immersed in the local YYC entrepreneur scene under the name Blissful Paper Co! 

Through each moment of life, I see God’s light pouring in and I am ever grateful and prepared to offer my skills to serve GoodTree."


 

ESTELLE PARK // SUMMER STUDENT

I grew up in the church, attending Calgary Korean Baptist Church with my family until the summer before I started university. With the encouragement of Pastor John’s family and my sister, I joined GoodTree in 2015. Since joining GCF, I have become actively involved in the college small group BFF, as well as the children’s ministry.

I’m looking forward to my time ahead as a summer student, and I hope to both gain experience and give back to the GoodTree community through this opportunity. I’m so thankful for our community and for this chance to serve God and His church.

Apart from pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary (just completed my second year!), I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.