A Brief History
In the early 1970s when the number of Korean immigrants increased in Los Angeles area, some Korean church leaders in the area felt an immediate need to establish schools to train men and women for the rapidly sprouting Korean churches among the immigrants.
Dr. John Eui-Whan Kim, a church historian, seminary professor, and pastor of a fast-growing church, was one of those church leaders. Unlike his peers, however, who went on their way to open schools to provide theological education for Korean-immigrants in their mother tongue, John Kim was inspired by the dream of world mission and decided to establish a seminary for international students from Third World countries.
After sharing his vision with the elders of his church and ensuring support from some of them, his dream was effectuated in the founding of International Theological Seminary in 1982 as a venture of faith.
His intense desire to launch such a unique theological seminary was motivated by the conviction that trained national church leaders would be far more effective in many tasks to which foreign missionaries were normally assigned, such as evangelism, church growth, church planting, and others.
To date, ITS has graduated over 1,000 students in all of its academic programs, most of whom have returned to their home countries.
WHO ARE WE
James S. Lee
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Vice President of Student Life
Paul Zhaohui Yang
Vice President of Operation & Finance
Director of Alumni Relations
Ei Meren Acierto
Assistant to the President
2019-2020 Student leaders
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This ministry is possible due to the financial and prayer support of individuals like you. Please know that your generosity is making an impact on communities thousands of miles away, as our graduates return home to work and serve as agents of transformation in their area of ministry.
International Theological Seminary is an accredited theological institution that accepts students of any race, color, nation, and ethnic origin.
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