Meet Min Seok Kim
Min Seok Kim
Doctor of Philosophy in Theological and Ethical Studies
What is your hometown and educational background?
I am from Seoul, South Korea. I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the Korean Methodist University. In May 2009, I graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Master of Theology degree in historical and systemic theology.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
A meeting with my advisor, Rev. Dr. Barry E. Bryant, in June 2008, led me to apply to and join the Doctor of Philosophy program at Garrett-Evangelical. He has been a great mentor, teacher, pastor, and friend for almost a decade. My advisor’s guidance and mentoring has helped me grow as a researcher and a scholar. My experience in the classroom as a Doctor of Philosophy Student, a TA, and an adjunct instructor helped equip me to be a teacher with a firm philosophy of teaching.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
My most memorable experience is taking classes within special cohorts with excellent faculty, including Rev. Dr. Bryant, Rev. Dr. Brent Waters, Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale, Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Dr. Anna Johnson, and Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh. Conversations with these great teachers enlarged my perspectives and theological thoughts. These conversations taught me how to engage in fruitful dialogues using various theological perspectives (including feminism, Black theology, post-colonialism, queer theology, etc.) and gave me, as a scholar in Wesleyan studies, courage to participate in the conversation with them. Garrett-Evangelical was a great school for me!
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
I am convinced that God calls me to faith communities, in particular, Korean Christianity. This conviction led me to decide to go back to my home country after completing my Doctor of Philosophy degree at Garrett- Evangelical. I hope to serve God in a way that God wants me to do, so I will go wherever God sends me.