President Mark Labberton (center) poses with the guests from Northeast China Theological Seminary
President Mark Labberton met with a delegation from Northeast China Theological Seminary to discuss theological education and leadership development, as part of a week-long series of meetings with Fuller professors and other leaders.
The visit to Fuller by the delegation from Northeast China Seminary was the group's first official visit to a U.S. seminary.
While at Fuller, the delegation explored the extensive Chinese-language theological book collections in the David Allan Hubbard Library. Additionally, the group dialogued with Fuller Psychology Professor, Dr. Al Dueck, about Christian psychology and pastoral counseling. Dr. Scott Sunquist, dean of the School of Intercultural Studies, shared with the group about international learning exchanges. Dr. Juan Martinez, vice-provost, discussed Christianity and contextualization; Dr. Veli-Matti Karkkainen, theology professor, discussed teaching about the major themes of the Christian faith; and members of Fuller's Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts described some of the ways that Fuller seeks to integrate the arts into worship.
Northeast China Theological Seminary President Kou Youguo presents President Mark Labberton with a gift
The delegation members also attended Fuller's chapel service and engaged with local Chinese-American church leaders in Southern California.
Leading the six-member delegation from Northeast China Theological Seminary was its President, Rev. Kou Youguo, who also serves as Chair of the National Committee of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of Protestant Church of China (TSPM), in Liaoning Province. Other members of the delegation included: Mrs. Zhao Guihua (wife of Rev. Kou), who also serves at the seminary; Rev. Yang Hongliang, seminary provost; Rev. Jin Xuezhe, faculty member; Rev. Yu Mei, faculty member and library director; and Mr. Wei Lansong, a leader in the provincial level of the Bureau of Religious Affairs.
Northeast China Seminary was founded in 1894 by the Scottish United Presbyterian Mission. Closed during the Cultural Revolution, the seminary reopened in 1982. In 1995, the seminary moved to its current campus, located in the Qipan Mountain area in Shenyang. Northeast China Seminary is the second largest seminary in China (next to the national Nanjing Union Theological Seminary), with approximately 430 students and 20 full-time faculty members.