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Dr. Chi Sun Kim

CSCU’s heritage began in South Korea through the ministry and education of Chi Sun Kim, a pioneer in Christian education ~ "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Ephesians 4:12..

The University shares a rich history of evangelism that began in the 1940's when Chi Sun Kim graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1936 and became the first Korean national to earn a Doctorate of Theology degree in the United States. He returned to South Korea to evangelize a nation. He is often called because of his passion for and love for Korea that he has been called the "Jeremiah of Korea'.

Dr. Chi Sun Kim was instrumental in the transmission of Faith into South Korea. Ultimately, Dr. Kim’s ministry was a key factor in Korea’s transformation from a primarily Buddhist country to becoming the Christian country that it is known for today.

In 1948, Dr. Chi Sun Kim founded Tae Han Theological Seminary and College. He pioneered biblical education that enabled Korean men and women to study the Word of God and commissioned them to plant churches and to spread God’s Word throughout the country and world. Tae Han Seminary eventually became the liberal arts university known today as Anyang University, named for a city about one hour outside of Seoul, Korea.

Over the years, Dr. Chi Sun Kim served as a spiritual mentor to up and coming transformational Church leaders including Dr. David Yonggi Cho, the now retired Pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Korea and Dr. Billy Kim who served 45 years as pastor of the 15,000-member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea before being elected to serve a five-year term as president of the Baptist World Alliance from 2000 to 2005. Today, Dr. Chi Sun Kim’s legacy of Christian Education and evangelism continues through his son, Samuel Saychang Kim, who established California State Christian University (CSCU) in 1972.

A fuller and more complete tribute to Dr. Chi Sun Kim may be found at The article is entitled "One Man Makes A Difference"

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