• Ph.D., Trinity International University
  • M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Kim specializes in the critical integration of theology and psychology with a particular interest in exploring the interrelationship of faith, spirituality, rationality, morality, and culture. He brings over 20 years of ministry experience to the classroom. His areas of expertise include faith formation, discipleship, ministry philosophy, and qualitative research methods. He co-authored Understanding Faith Formation: Theological, Congregational, and Global Dimensions (Baker Academic 2020), Christian Formation: Integrating Theology & Human Development (Broadman & Holman 2010), and The Heritage of Christian Education (College Press 2003). He is a past recipient of Lilly Research Grants administered by the Association of Theological Schools (2007 & 2012). In addition to teaching here at Talbot, he is actively involved in local church ministries.


  • North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)


Awards (Seleted)

  • Lilly Theological Scholars Grant, The Association of Theological Schools (2012-2013)
  • Lilly Research Expense Grant, The Association of Theological Schools (2006-2007)
  • The Korean-American Scholarship Foundation, Chicago, IL (1989, 1990, 1997)


Publications (Selected)

  • Understanding Faith Formation: Theological, Congregational, and Global Dimensions. Co-author with M. Maddix & J. Estep. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic (2020).
  • Christian Personal Formation. In F. Cardoza (Ed.), Christian Education: A Guide to the Foundations of Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic (2018).
  • Pragmatic Philosophy and Experiential Education. In E. L. Towns & B. K. Forrest (Eds.), A Legacy of Religious Educators: Historical and Theological Introductions. Liberty University Press: Lynchburg, VA (2016).
  • Christian Formation: Integrating Theology and Human Development. Co-author & Co-editor with J. Estep. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman (2010).
  • The Heritage of Christian Education. Co-author with J. Estep & M. Maddix. Joplin, Missouri: College Press Publishing Company (2003).


Presentations (Selected)

  • Rational and Relational Dimensions of Faith. SPCE, Irving, TX, October 15, 2021.
  • Faith Formation: Faith in Personal, Congregational, and Global Contexts. SPCE, Dallas, TX, October 27, 2017.
  • Leadership in the Asian American Church. SPCE, San Diego, CA, October 23, 2015.
  • Faith Formation: Exploring the Interrelationship of Thema and Faith. Lilly Conference on Theological Research, Pittsburg, PA, February 22-24, 2013.
  • Personhood and Spirituality. NAPCE, Dallas, TX, October 20, 2012.
  • Culture and Spiritual Formation: Cultural Consciousness and Christ-ed Consciousness. NAPCE, Seattle, WA, October 21, 2011.
  • Qualitative Data Analysis. NAPCE, October 22, 2011.


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Christian Education
  • Cross-cultural Issues
  • Culture
  • Multi-cultural Issues
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