Reverend Jungtack "John" Kim was ordained to the Priesthood on May 29, 2010 at St. William in Round Rock, Texas. Father John, as he prefers to be called, was born in South Korea. He first came to Austin, Texas in 2000 as an exchange student and studied at the University of Texas.
After studying English as his second language, he pursued his education in Management Information System at the University of Melbourne, Australia. After a long period of discernment, Father John entered the seminary in 2000 and graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College, located at Covington, Louisiana in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (B.A.) with "Cum Laude". He then graduated from University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas in 2010 with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.), and Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (S.T.B.). During his seminary formation, he helped many retreats for young Korean Catholics in Texas and California, and his enthusiastic way of sharing faith has touched many young Catholic adults both in United States and in South Korea.
After becoming a priest, his first assignment was as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Cathedral, Austin, Texas, followed by assignment at St. John the Evangelist parish in San Marcos, Texas in 2012. Father John was humbled to receive his first Administrator/Pastor assignment to Christ the King Parish, Belton, Texas in 2014.