SHAWNEE, Kan. – Central Seminary hosted a delegation from Calvin University in Guseong-eup, Yongin City, Gyeonggi province of South Korea, south of Seoul for a two-day visit Feb. 1.
President Keun Soo Kim, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, two faculty members and a staff member came for a two-day visit toured the Central Seminary campus in Shawnee, Kansas. They met with representatives of Central, including President Molly T. Marshall, the chairman of Central’s board of trustees, Central leadership team, the director of the Korean Programs, director of the doctor of ministry program and other members of Central’s staff.
The representatives met to explore possibilities for partnering together, culminating in the signing of a memorandum of understanding “in the interest of advancing global education and strengthening the relationship between two sister institutions.” Areas of exploration included academic programs; exchange of scholars, students and resources; and possible joint projects and programs.
Dr. Samuel Park, Central’s Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Contextual Ministry Education and Director of Korean Programs, stated, "Since Central has a large body of Korean students all over the country, I have sought to connect with Korean denominations and theological schools. Having an MOU with Calvin University is a first step toward strengthening our Korean Programs and an effort to broaden our educational horizon. I hope that there will be more opportunities and possibilities of cooperating with other theological schools in the world."
President Marshall added, “Developing a global reach is a key priority in light of today’s rapidly expanding worldview.”
Currently offering courses in a dozen locations, Central Seminary serves more than 30 Christian denominations. The seminary has been recognized as one of the top 12 fastest growing theological schools in the Association of Theological Schools.