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Visionary New Leader of Korean Studies Center to Broaden Fuller’s Global Outreach

한국어 번역문이 준비되어있습니다

Visionary-New-Leader-of-Korean-Studies-Center-to-Broaden-Fuller’s-Global-Outreach-2Fuller is pleased to announce that Sebastian Kim has been appointed executive director of the Korean Studies Center and professor of theology and public life beginning July 1, 2017. Dr. Kirsteen Kim, his wife, will join the School of Intercultural Studies faculty as professor of theology and world Christianity also on July 1.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Sebastian Kim will join us as the executive director of the Korean Studies Center,” said President Mark Labberton. “Dr. Kim’s background of international ministry and his academic interests enable him to integrate intercultural studies and theology, and this will bring a unique and important skill to the Korean Studies Center as it works with programs in the School of Intercultural Studies and School of Theology. I am thrilled that he has heard God’s call to join us, and look forward to the many ways he will broaden the Korean Studies Center vision and deepen our grasp of God’s good news to the world.”

Kim comes to Fuller from York St John University in the UK, where he taught for 12 years as the chair in Theology and Public Life in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Philosophy. He is currently also a University Head of Research and director of the Centre for Religion in Society. Prior to joining York St John University, he was director of Christianity in Asia and taught world Christianity in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He also taught at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and was interim director of the Henry Martyn Centre and Henry Martyn Lecturer at the Cambridge Theological Federation.

Kim—who received his MDiv from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, ThM from Fuller, and PhD from the University of Cambridge—is delighted to be returning to Fuller in this new capacity. “Our time at Fuller as master's students in the 1990s shaped our theology and ministry immensely,” he says of both himself and his wife, Kirsteen. “We are excited to join the seminary again as faculty members to make our contributions not only to the Fuller community but also to the worldwide churches.”

Born and raised in South Korea, Kim completed a BS in electronic communication engineering from Hanyang University. He served as a programmer and systems analyst before responding to God’s call to join Korean Harbor Evangelism and World Concern Korea in Seoul. He continued his mission work as dean of the Cross-Cultural Missionary Training Institute, home director for World Concern Korea, and mission partner of the Presbyterian Church of Korea.

Kim’s scholarship interests include public theology, world Christianity, Asian theologies, and theology and peace building. He has authored four books, including A History of Korean Christianity, Theology in the Public Sphere: Public Theology as a Catalyst for Open Debate, and In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India. Books he has edited include Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Arts, Music and Film; Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere; Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverend Kyung-Chik Han; and Christian Theology in Asia. Kim is a fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, executive committee member of the Global Network for Public Theology, member of the Society for Study of Theology, and editor of the International Journal of Public Theology.

“Professor Sebastian Kim knows the Fuller context well, and he has firsthand familiarity with the Korean Church, both in South Korea and throughout the Korean Diaspora,” said Joel Green, seminary provost and dean of the School of Theology. “He is a well-established scholar and teacher, and an accomplished administrator. Simply put, we could not have found a better candidate to lead the new Korean Studies Center.”

Kim looks forward to helping advance Fuller’s vision to form global leaders in his new role. “I would like to bring together a vibrant team at Fuller for research and teaching,” he said, “to help the Korean Studies Center nurture leaders for Korean churches and mission organizations, facilitate in-depth research on theology and mission, and encourage the interaction of Korean churches in global contexts.”

About the Korean Studies Center

The recently launched Korean Studies Center is the newest expression of Fuller’s devotion to Korean churches and its focus to extend its educational programs and research resources to a growing Korean church in the US and around the world. The Korean Studies Center will contribute to Fuller's mission through dedication to building faithful, courageous, innovative, and fruitful Christian leaders for Korean churches, missions, communities, and cultures. The Korean Studies Center aims to contribute to the development of Korean churches, missions, communities, and cultures by continuous academic, social, and spiritual development of students, faculty, and graduates in relation to Korean churches, and through the continuing relationship between Fuller Theological Seminary and the Korean churches scattered around the world.

Fuller Theological Seminary is deeply committed to serving the church in Korea and our Korean community. We are very grateful for our strong history in serving the Korean church and in the significant number of alumni who have studied at Fuller in Korean, English, and Spanish. The Korean Studies Center offers the following degrees: Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies (MAICS), Master of Theology in Missiology (ThM), Doctor of Ministry in Global Ministries (DMin GM), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), and Doctor of Missiology (DMiss).

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