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william-hong
BA, LLB, GDLP, MDiv, ThM (cand.)

William was born and raised in Melbourne as a second-generation Korean-Australian, coming to faith in the context of the Korean immigrant church community. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Laws at Monash University, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. He also studied abroad for one year at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, where he focused on Korean language studies and international relations. Following his undergraduate studies, William worked as a public servant and lawyer with the Australian Government, dealing primarily with migration and refugee issues. After six years, he left the Australian public service to prepare for his calling at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree with a cross-cultural ministry focus. William has been a member of various churches while living in seven different cities across Australia, Korea, and the United States, most of which have been diaspora Korean congregations. He has held a long-standing interest in cross-cultural missions, having visited and served with various ministries located in China and North Korea on several short-term mission trips. Most recently, he had the privilege to serve as an English ministry pastor for youth and young adults at a Korean church while living in the Chicago area. William is currently pursuing his Master of Theology in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Through his research, he aims to study how theological education was contextualised by Western missionaries and to assess its impact on the formation and growth of the Korean church in the early twentieth century. By examining the role of theological education in the development of Korean Christianity through a missiological lens, he hopes to establish a historical framework from which to further consider the implications of theological education and its significance for advancing mission in the twenty-first century.

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