East Asian Leadership Initiative

The East Asian Leadership Initiative seeks to train and equip East Asian leaders for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. We focus on engaging leaders across East Asia who serve both in theological education and the local church. Specific attention will be given to the contextual training of leaders within their own nations as well as those who have relocated to urban centers outside of the East Asian context.

Important Projects:

  • Theological education in East Asian countries
  • MTS (Master of Theological Studies), MACM (MA in Christian Ministry) and Certificate in Biblical Counseling in East Asian Countries
  • Opportunities for on-campus Asian students to get involved Korean Biblical Counseling Certificate launched
  • Provide contextualized Mission Seminars, Family Ministry Conferences, and Pastoral Conferences within an Asian culture and setting
  • Develop ESL courses for International Students
  • Develop Biblical Counseling Certificate in Japanese and Burmese
  • Develop MA Intercultural Studies in Korean
  • Develop Asian American Studies (2nd Generation in Asian Context)
  • Establish new partnerships with Asian American EQUIP Network churches
  • Discussing Exchange Students Program with Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary (KBTUS) in Korea

Why is the East Asian Leadership Initiative necessary?

Out of 7.6 billion people living on Earth, approximately 4.5 billion people are Asians. In addition, East Asians comprise around 1.6 billion people, making up about 38% of the population in Continental Asia and 22% of the global population. However, with the exception of South Korea, it is one of the hardest places to spread the Word of God: China with Communist government, Japan with polytheistic and socio-cultural religious backgrounds and other nations with their own unique cultural backgrounds. This is why the Global Theological Initiative (GTI) is vital in spreading the Word of God. It not only brings the gospel to the lost world but also targets and trains leaders of their own background and culture. The East Asian Leadership Initiative seeks to broaden relationships with East Asian countries by developing new partnerships and training leaders through our Southeastern’s education in their context.

“I am very excited about our East Asian Leadership Initiative. It has been my prayer for some time that God would use Southeastern to impact the East Asian community both here in the United States and around the world. We are thankful to have Minwoo on board to help determine and guide us in the best pathways for that impact to become a greater reality.” – Danny Akin

Minwoo Jang

Director for East Asian Leadership Initiative 

Jang graduated with a ThM from SEBTS and is now in the PhD program. He is married to Misung Kim and has two sons, Joseph and Jadon. He also has been serving a local Korean church as the associate pastor. He is a music lover, coffee master, archaeology enthusiast, talented gardener, and gifted cook. But out of it all, he loves to teach and preach the Word of God the most.

Seong-Ju Lee

Marketing & Events Specialist

Born and raised in Daegu, South Korea, Seong-Ju obtained his BA in Business Administration at Emporia State University, Kansas. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Divinity (MDiv) at Southeastern while serving a local Korean church in their English ministry. He speaks Japanese, Korean, and English. Seong-Ju loves spicy foods, crooner style jazz music, playing basketball, and playing the guitar.