Paik, Young-Hee was born in Geochang, Gyoungnam, Korea in 1910 during the Japanese occupation that lasted until 1945. He was given the light when he was 27 and started his ministry at 30. Overcoming tribulations of the Japanese shrine worship in the first half of 1940s and the communist rule in 1950 during the Korean War, he came to Seobu Church in Pusan in 1952 to become pastor there and continued his ministry for 38 years until his death in 1989.
His sermons of power and beauty were widely known as 'the sermons of Inspiration,' and under his spiritual leadership the Sunday School teachers could build a largest Sunday School in the world with attendance over 10,000 (Elementary School Section) in a single church building on every Lord's Day morning. Some of the Sunday School teachers followed his vision, and over 120 newly planted churches have now formed the Presbyterian Church of Jesus, Korea General Council as of 1989.
His sermons recorded in over 11 services a week have now been published as the Pastoral Sermons series, and in each of the retreat gatherings in two annual occasions at Geochang and Daegu starting from 1957, more than 20,000 had taken part every year for 33 years.
Rev. Paik was murdered by a man with the sword on the pulpit during the dawn service Aug. 27, 1989. It had been his life-long wish to die a martyr on the pulpit giving sermon.