Reverend Eric Foley
The Reverend Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is also the Ambassador of the International Christian Association, the global association of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. Pastor Foley is Dean of Underground University, a missionary training college for North Koreans. He is committed to equipping North Korean church leaders for comprehensive underground Christian service.
Over the past twenty years Pastor Foley has helped more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs learn how to build volunteer and giving programs. Most recently, he has focused on teaching Christians in countries with freedom of religion how to adopt the discipleship practices of the North Korean underground church and persecuted believers worldwide.
Pastor Foley received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue University, studied as a Presidential Scholar at Christian Theological Seminary, and received a master’s degree in Applied Communication and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver. He has recently graduated with a Doctor of Management in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where his research centered on the happiness of North Korean defectors. He is an ordained pastor of The Evangelical Church of North America.
Pastor and Dr. Foley live in Seoul. They have four grown children. His books, These are the Generations, Coach Your Champions, and The Whole Life Offering are available through amazon.com. His congregational training manuals and persecuted church discipleship manifesto Church is for Amateurs are available through Voice of the Martyrs Korea.
Pastor Tim is the discipleship pastor for Voice of the Martyrs Korea. He also oversees media relations and is responsible for the website and social media pages associated with Voice of the Martyrs Korea and its .W discipleship training events. Pastor Tim received a bachelor’s degree from Zion Bible College and an M.Div. from Regent University. He is an ordained pastor of The Evangelical Church of North America.
Pastor Tim and his family live in Seoul, Korea. When he is away from the office, he can be found spending time with his wife Melissia and their three children. They enjoy hiking, camping, and of all things . . . exploring new kinds of root beer!
.W Discipleship Groups
.W stands for DOTW, which is short for Doers of the Word, a reference to Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 7:24, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” The .W Discipleship Groups are a network of individuals, households and congregations that meet in places like Colorado, California, Ohio, Korea, and China!
For the last several years we’ve been learning, along with North Korean Christians, how to do church for amateurs—and it’s been beyond exciting to watch the results. In the time it takes American Christians to come to understand even the basic principles of the gospel, “amateur” North Korean Christians are teaching others, planting churches and literally laying down their lives for the gospel.
Now that we’ve been underway in .W for a little while, we’re seeing the same things we’ve seen among North Koreans—the same things that Christians have seen throughout history all the way back to the New Testament: believers growing to fullness in Christ, surprisingly quickly, without external accouterments like buildings, paid clergy, or study Bibles for everybody.
As a result of our experience, we’ve formulated twelve principles that are necessary and sufficient to enable “ordinary” Christians to launch churches that help members to grow to fullness in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are interested in learning more about the .W Discipleship Groups, please contact us by sending us an e-mail.