On Monday, the Christian anti-hunger advocacy organization Bread for the World announced that Eugene Cho would be its next president. Cho is most well-known the founder of Seattle’s Quest Church and the nonprofit One Days Wages. He’s also the latest Korean American Christian male leader to assume a top spot in an evangelical organization.
In 2013, Michael Oh became the global executive director/CEO of Lausanne. In 2015, Joel Kim became the president of Westminster Seminary California. In 2017, Alexander Jun was elected moderator of the 45th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Last year, PCA pastor Walter Kim became the president of the National Association of Evangelicals and Julius Kim became the president of The Gospel Coalition.
Paul Lim, associate professor of the history of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School joined digital media producer Morgan Lee and news editor Daniel Silliman on Quick to Listen to discuss whether more Korean Americans in leadership will lead to greater cultural representation overall, the long relationship between Presbyterianism and Koreans, and what the church at large can learn from Korean Americans.
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The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola
Highlights from Quick to Listen: Episode #203
What is the relationship between Korean evangelicals and evangelical identity? Is that a comfortable fit? How do you feel about the term evangelical?
Paul Lim: Since you’re asking me personally, I think I would probably regard myself more ...1
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