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Church History

교회사1 Jung-Sook Lee, PhD|Professor of Church History|5th President  |  Email :
Dr. Lee has served as an administrative faculty for fifteen years ever since she joined Torch Trinity in 2002 as the church history professor: first as academic dean (2005-2012), then vice president for academic development (2012-2015) and finally the 5th president (2015-2019). During her administration, bilingual theological education and missional theological education were developed and characterized to its current form. Under her presidential leadership she also represented the school by serving as president of Korean Association of Accredited Theological Schools, Prayer Meetings of Christian Presidents of Colleges and Universities, and Association of Evangelical Theological Universities. She studied at Ewha Womans University (BA in Sociology), and Asia United Theological University (MDiv) in Korea to become a missionary, a call she felt when she was a university student through active bible study and discipleship training. However, due to a political situation she was not sent to a mission field. So she continued her theological studies in the U.S. USA, first at Drew University, and then Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her PhD in Church History. Once returned to Korea she conducted a post-doctoral research of Christian art history at the Academy of Korean Studies with a research grant provided by Korean Research foundation. Her major interest in terms of research and publications are 1) Calvin and Calvinist understanding and practice of church ministry 2) Christian art throughout history, and 3) women in Christian history. She published many articles and book chapters on the topics above. She has also given several lecture series at Christian TVs like CGNTV and CTS. Over the years she served many academic societies and Christian organizations at home and abroad in different capacities. Selectively, president for Church History Society in Korea and co-moderator for Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee (International Council for Evangelical Theological Education), and still serves as a praesidium member for the International Congress for Calvin Research, vice president for the Asia Theological Association (ATA), an international advisory member for International Museum of Reformation in Geneva, and a council member for Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford. She is an ordained minister and married to a Presbyterian minister and systematic theologian and they have two grown-up children.
교회사2 Jeongmo Yoo, PhD|Associate Professor of Chruch History  |  Email :
Dr. Jeongmo Yoo joined Torch Trinity as a full-time faculty member in 2016. After graduating from Kyunghee University (Seoul, Korea) with a bachelor of arts in English literature and language, and Korea Baptist Theological University (Daejeon, Korea) with a master of divinity, he went to the United States, where he studied church history/historical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI, USA). He received both ThM and PhD degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary under the supervision of Dr. Richard A. Muller. Afterwards, Dr. Yoo worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Andrew Fuller Center at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY, USA). Before coming to Torch Trinity, he worked as a research fellow in the Institute for Baptist Theology at Korea Baptist Theological University and taught church history classes at diverse schools. Dr. Yoo’s primary research area is modern church history. In particular, his research interests are in Puritanism, Reformed orthodoxy, Pietism, revival movements, Korean church history, and Asian church history. Dr. Yoo’s scholarly writings include John Edwards (1637-1716) on Human Free Choice and Divine Necessity: The Debate on the Relation between Divine Necessity and Human Freedom in Late Seventeenth-Century and Early Eighteenth-Century England (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013). As an ordained pastor, Dr. Yoo has also worked in various ministerial settings. He is married with two children.