Evangelical Student Fellowship International is an international Christian student ministry which focuses on outreach ministries in colleges and universities worldwide.
Evangelical Student Fellowship International was founded in Seoul Korea in 1976 by Christian students who were focused on doing the work of God thrugh world evangelism to reach out to the youth and college students. In late 1970’s and early 1980’s many alumni of Evangelical Student Fellowship in Korea came to the U.S.A. as immigrants and then began to pray and to continue the campus ministry for young students in the U.S.A.
ESF CHICAGO – In The Beginning
In 1986, Timothy Hong, a staff member at Evangelical Student Fellowship KOREA came to Chicago, USA and started a ESFI Campus Ministry at the University of Illinois at Chicago with several Christ-like Korean American students. Then on February 22nd in 1989, the ministry was registered at the state of Illinois as a Non-Profit Religious Organization.
During the first several years of the ministry, ESFI was focused only on U.I.C. students. Later on, in the early 1990’s, the ministry grew and reached out to students at other campuses in the Chicago area such in Oakton Community College, Truman College, Northeastern University and DePaul University. In April of 1994, the ministry leadership then purchased a church building located at 4601-11 N. Lawndale, Chicago, IL 60625. In August 2002, the ministry purchased and moved to a new building located at 6050 W. Touhy, Chicago, IL 60646.
Currently ESFI ministry is serving international students and many people of diverse cultures and nationalities in the city of Chicago ranging from 30 different countries through worship and small group gatherings, house group fellowship, mission, and leadership training. ESFI also has had a ministry for the homeless, for Muslims, a recovery ministry, and a ministry for single mothers. Many of our alumni and trained leaders have become missionaries and have returned to their home countries and are now working as full-time or part-time campus ministers in several different countries such as Peru, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Philippines and India, etc.