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East Asia Leadership Initiative begins at Southeastern

BY SEBTS STAFF   03/22/2018

The Global Theological Initiatives (GTI) office at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) is expanding its impact across the globe by creating the East Asian Leadership Initiative office.


Minwoo Jang has been asked to serve as the first East Asian Leadership Initiative coordinator. Jang is graduating with a Th.M. from SEBTS in May 2018 and is seeking to enter the Ph.D. program.

This initiative will be specifically focused 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. This initiative will also work with other offices at Southeastern to help increase the East Asian student population on campus and online.

“It is always exciting to have the privilege of serving Christian leaders within their context,” said John Ewart, associate vice president of GTI. “We recognize how God continues to work in the East Asian church to impact the entire world, and our prayer is to be able to assist his work in any way possible.”

Danny Akin, president of SEBTS, expressed his thankfulness in having Jang on staff.

“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,” said Akin. “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.”

Jang is looking forward to what the Lord is going to do at SEBTS as he begins his new role.

“I am blessed and honored to serve as the coordinator of the East Asian Leadership Initiative at Southeastern,” said Jang. “It is my desire to see God use this East Asian Leadership Initiative to serve East Asian leaders as they are trained and equipped for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ both on and off campus.”

GTI is currently engaged in the equipping of proven, positioned leaders serving churches, mission boards, and seminaries on six continents. The efforts of GTI enhance and develop opportunities for biblical training around the globe through a combination of occasional face-to-face and distance learning delivery.


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