Dr. Jue Regarding His Friend Dr. Kim

October 21, 2009

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Dr. Julius J. Kim

Prior to taking his current position at Westminster Seminary California, Dr. Kim ministered in a variety of ecclesiastical and academic settings. He has served in Presbyterian Church in America churches in California and Illinois.

His current church calling is as associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido. Dr. Kim also continues to serve the broader Christian community as a preacher, speaker, and ministry consultant—especially for the Korean-American church.

While in Illinois, he taught undergraduate communications at Trinity International University and church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Following a brief tenure as Visiting Scholar with the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University, Dr. Kim returned to Southern California to serve as Dean of Students and to teach practical theology at WSC.

Dr. Kim also directs the Center for Pastoral Refreshment at WSC, a unique institute dedicated to helping sustain pastoral excellence among Korean-American pastors. In addition to his doctoral concentration on English church history during the Restoration, his research interests include the history of preaching, homiletics, and Asian-American Christianity.

His goals are to contribute both to the church and the academy through his teaching, preaching, and writing.

He is the author of The Religion of Reason and the Reason for Religion: John Tillotson and the Latitudinarian Defense of Christianity, 1630–1694 and a contributor to Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California.

A native of South Korea and California, he and his wife, Ji Hee, a Westminster Seminary California graduate, reside in Escondido with their two daughters.