Atlanta Area Seminary Builds Relationships in Korea

Atlanta Area Seminary Builds Relationships in Korea

November 15, 2017—Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary, and Dr. Kevin Park, Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies, are visiting Presbyterian seminaries, universities, and churches in South Korea during November 6-16. Drs. Van Dyk and Park will be accompanied by several leaders of the Evangelical Coalition of Korean American Ministry (ECKAM) of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, who helped plan the visit.

“This trip is one of the many ways we develop strong, creative relationships with Korean Presbyterian seminaries and churches to enhance Columbia Theological Seminary’s commitment to global theological education,” said President Van Dyk. The itinerary will include Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Hanshin University and Hanshin Graduate Theological Seminary, and Honam Theological University and Seminary, as well as prominent Korean Presbyterian churches.

“Columbia Seminary’s relationship with Korea goes back many years,” noted Dr. Park. “In fact, one of our alumni, William Alderman Linton, class of 1930, was a founder and first president of Hannam University in Korea.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Park also announced the creation of a new Asian North American degree concentration for the D.Min. degree program, designed to support and equip those who are presently engaged in various types of ministries in the Asian North American context where English is the primary language used for ministry.

Dr. Park is also the interim director of the Korean American Ministries (KAM) at Columbia Seminary. KAM exists for the purposes of advising Korean, Korean American, and Asian students in all degree programs of the seminary, as well as providing Lifelong Learning programs and otherwise raising up Asian theological voices in the U.S. and global contexts.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit

Korean Programs HERE

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Media Contacts:
Dr. Kevin Park
Associate Dean for Advanced Professional Studies

Michael K. Thompson
Director of Communications

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