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New Director of Contextualized Learning and Assistant Professor Appointed

Central Seminary is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Seung Ho Bang has been elected by the Board of Directors as Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Director of Contextualized Learning.

Dr. Kathy Maxwell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, said of Dr. Bang’s election to the faculty, “We welcome Dr. Bang into this expanded role at Central Seminary.  Dr. Bang’s passion for formative theological education, his vision for exploring new transnational ministry relationships, and his facility in both English and Korean make him an excellent fit for Central’s diverse student body.“

Dr. Bang will oversee the seminary’s contextual learning courses in both the English and Korean Master of Divinity programs. In addition, he will teach courses in master-level programs, advise and mentor students, guide the capstone process for students, and participate in the academic work of the seminary.

Since 2020, Dr. Bang has served as a Supplement Assistant Professor and Department Coordinator of Hebrew Bible in Central’s Korean program.  Dr. Bang’s 15 years of biblical archaeology research in Israel not only enrich his Hebrew Bible courses, but also provide an extensive network of contacts with the potential to extend Central students’ contextualized learning opportunities across the globe.  Dr. Bang’s ministry experience in the U.S. is also a model of contextualized learning, as he has pastored English-, Korean-, and blended-language congregations.

Dr. Bang received a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Baylor University, Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Emory University, and a Bachelor in Theology degree from the Methodist Theological University in Seoul, Korea.

President Pamela R. Durso noted, “I am delighted to have Dr. Bang as a member of our Central community. His addition to our standing faculty reflects Central’s historic commitment to high quality theological education that offers students opportunities to expand their ministry experiences and grow their practical ministry skills. Dr. Bang’s appointment also corresponds perfectly with Central’s current focus on cross-cultural competency. His experience in working across cultures in multiple congregations and his ability to lead and teach in both our Korean and English language programs will be a significant asset to Central as we seek to expand our capacity as a multi-cultural, multi-lingual seminary.”

Dr. Bang’s first day of service in this role will be August 1, 2024.