Meet Kimberly Chin
Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling
What is your hometown and educational background?
I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder and double majored in English and psychology. My hobbies include drawing, painting, doing anything creative, hiking, running (ran my first half-marathon in March), cooking, baking, if I’m not tired, watching documentaries/TED talks, and traveling! The things that are important to me are family, life-long learning, diverse community, creation-care, and vocational ministry that addresses any or all forms of intersectional injustice.
Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular?
While I was in full-time ministry with college students, I kept coming across theological and praxis issues I was unprepared to address, so that led me to look into pursuing a seminary education as a way to compliment my ministry. In particular, I was interested in studying mental health at a seminary because I wanted my clinical practice to be informed by and integrated with faith even if I end up working in secular counseling settings. Out of the various seminaries I looked into, Garrett-Evangelical definitely stood out because it matched all my core values for diverse faculty and students, affirming women in leadership, and a commitment to sustainability, public theology, and justice. On my visit, everyone was so welcoming, and the significant scholarship helped as well!
What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
I love that all my classes are committed to decolonizing theology. Before seminary, I was mostly exposed to white, western, male perspectives, so it’s refreshing to be reading and learning from women of color and LGBTQIA theologians, and global perspectives. I’m also really grateful to have met such a rich community at Garrett-Evangelical with people from various backgrounds and life stages.
How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?
My faith has become more inclusive, and I’ve been able to explore the question: Who am I in relation to self, God, and others through the different lenses of race, gender, class, sexuality, and various other identities that affect my faith? I’ve also been strengthened in the importance of hermeneutics, and this has made my faith richer because I’m more informed about the Bible’s original context, authors, historical background, misinterpretations, and the Hebrew and Greek meanings that get lost in translation.
Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
I hope to integrate mental health and faith while also coming alongside the church and various organizations to make the world a more just place for current and future generations.