Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim

Executive Director of The Korean Studies Center and Professor of Theology and Public Life

BSc, Hanyang University
MDiv, Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary
ThM, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Cambridge

Courses Taught

MK759: Mission, Ethics and Public Theology

ET552: Theology in the Public Sphere

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Public theology, Korean Christianity, world Christianity, Asian theologies, theology and peacebuilding, theology and society

“I am bringing together a vibrant team at Fuller for research and teaching, 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.”


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Sebastian Kim joined the Fuller Seminary faculty effective July 1, 2017, coming from York St John University in the UK where he held the chair in Theology and Public Life in the School of Humanities, Religion, and Philosophy for 12 years. He additionally served as 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 the Christianity in Asia project 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.

Dr. 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 (CUP, 2015), Theology in the Public Sphere: Public Theology as a Catalyst for Open Debate (2011), In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (OUP, 2005), and Christianity as a World Religion (2nd edition, Bloomsbury, 2016). Books he has edited include A Companion to Public Theology (Brill, 2017), Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2014); Building Communities of Reconciliation: Reflections on the Life and Teaching of Reverence Kyung-Chik Han (Nanumsa, 2012); and Christian Theology in Asia (CUP, 2008). Kim is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, an executive committee member of the Global Network for Public Theology, a member of the Society for Study of Theology, and editor of the International Journal of Public Theology.

Two of Kim’s monographs (A History of Korean Christianity and Christianity as a World Religion) were coauthored with his wife, Kirsteen Kim, professor of theology and world Christianity in Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. They are the proud parents of two grown children.

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