Korean Pastors Visit Cultivates Cross-Cultural Learning and Partnership

Korean PastorsOne of the benefits of small liberal arts colleges like Trinity is the ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with local schools and churches as well as those across the globe.

This past week, the College welcomed six Korean pastors for a special weekend of lectures, presentations, and fellowship. The pastors completed academic work in a one-credit course developed by Trinity theology professors on the Book of Philippians.

Dr. Yudha Thianto, professor of theology, said the opportunity was a valuable experience for him as well as for the pastors. “This experience will translate into classroom discussion and enhance my teaching of the cross-cultural missions course.”  

Serving as interpreter was Dr. Sinai Chung, adjunct professor and admissions representative for Korea, whose efforts raise awareness of Trinity among students in Korea and encourage international partnerships.

The visit was an initiative of President Steve Timmermans, Ph.D., who has worked to form partnerships with churches and Colleges in South Korea and encourage cross-cultural learning and service opportunities closer to home.

“It was a great pleasure meeting these pastors,” said Timmermans. “I trust their week of learning at Trinity will further each of their own preaching ministries and that they see Trinity as their partner in ministry.”

The official start to the weekend began at the home of Ginny Carpenter, dean of student engagement and international services, where the pastors enjoyed dinner and the fellowship of several Trinity administrators and professors.

They ended their time with a trip to Chicago for dinner and an evening of music with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.