Park, Samuel - Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practical Theo. & Contextual Min. Ed. / Dir. of Korean Missional Church Programs

Phone: (913) 667-5718


Ph.D., Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX)
S.T.M., Boston University School of Theology (Boston, MA)
M.Div., Korea Theological Seminary (Chonan, Korea)
B.A., Hanyang University (Seoul, Korea)

Dr. Samuel Park joined the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2013 as a full-time standing professor. He also served as Assistant to the Dean for Korean Language Education Administration. Since February 2014, Dr. Park has been serving as Director of Korean Missional Church Programs, supervising 10 local teaching sites and cooperating with more than 40 Korean professors at the sites.

Prior to the Central positions, Dr. Park taught pastoral care/counseling and practical theology courses at the Central-Dallas site and at Global Baptist Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX. While teaching in Dallas, he also served as a pastoral counselor in Pastoral Counseling Center, Dallas, TX. In his clinical experiences include chaplaincy in Jackson Health System, Miami, FL, pastoral counselor-in-training in Pastoral Care and Training Center, Fort Worth, TX, and postdoctoral residency in Pastoral Counseling Center, Dallas, TX. He also served as Director of FaHoLo Counseling Center for Greater Dallas Korean community and beyond.

Originally from South Korea, Dr. Park received an MDiv from Korea Theological Seminary, Chonan, Korea in 1995. After serving local churches for 8 years in Seoul, Korea, he earned a Master of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA. In 2010, he graduated from Brite Divinity School Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX with a PhD in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling.

Dr. Park’s current interests include a wide range of areas from pastoral care, counseling, & theology, spiritual formation, ministry ethics, missional church to conflict transformation. He has published several articles about history and methodology of pastoral care, counseling, and theology and a book titled Pastoral Identity as Social Construction: Pastoral Identity in Postmodern, Intercultural, and Multifaith Contexts.

Dr. Park was ordained in 1997 and has served local churches in Korea and in the US for more than 25 years. He is married to Seewha Lee and have three children, Chaehee, Huisung, and Gloria Park. The family attends Kansas Mission Church in Overland Park, KS, and Dr. Park serves as a Cooperative Pastor in the church. He enjoys playing racquetball and singing in a choir.


Joining the Dance: A Theology of the Spirit 성령의 초대에 응답하라 (번역서, 기독교문서선교회, 2019)

Pastoral Identity as Social Construction (Pickwick, 2017)

Disciples Development Coaching 제자양육코칭 (번역서, NurturingFaith, 2016)

“Pastoral Identity Constructed in Care-giving Relationships” (JPCC, 2012)

An Evolving Identity and Methodology of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling” (JSMH, 2007)

History and Methodology of Charles V. Gerkin’s Pastoral Theology: Toward an Identity-Embodied and Community-Embedded Pastoral Counseling, Part I. History” (Pastoral Psychology, 2005)

History and Methodology of Charles V. Gerkin’s Pastoral Theology: Toward an Identity-Embodied and Community-Embedded Pastoral Counseling, Part II. Methodology” (Pastoral Psychology, 2005)

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