Covenant Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Kim to the Philip and Rebecca Douglass Chair of Church Planting and Christian Formation.
Dr. Kim, currently Church Planting Coordinator for the Metro Philadelphia Church Planting Partnership, will assume his new role at Covenant in fall 2019 with a one-year appointment as a full-time Adjunct Professor of Applied Theology, with a special emphasis in the areas of church planting and Christian formation. He will also assume directorship of the Seminary’s Master of Divinity Church Planting Track, which has been overseen by Interim Director Dr. Murray Lee, Senior Pastor of Cahaba Park Church (PCA) in Birmingham, Alabama, since July 2018.
Of his new role, Dr. Kim says, “I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the Philip and Rebecca Douglass Chair of Church Planting and Christian Formation. I am excited to be a part of Covenant Seminary’s vision and deep commitment to church planting. I am thankful for the Douglassesʼ legacy over 30 years in helping plant more than 260 churches under Phil’s leadership and am praying that God will continue to equip more workers for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.”
Dr. Kim brings to his new position a lifetime of ministry and mission experience. Having received and followed God’s call first in high school, he has devoted his adult life to gospel ministry. In 2006, he planted Gracepoint Church in Philadelphia, serving as Lead Pastor there for 12 years and overseeing the planting of a daughter church, Gracepoint North, in 2016. As Coordinator of the Metro Philadelphia Church Planting Partnership since 2018, he has worked to provide church planters with guidance in the areas of vision building, prayer mobilization, strategic planning, coaching, recruiting, assessing, training, and mentoring.
He holds a BA in sociology from the University of California, Irvine; an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; a ThM in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary; and a DMin in church development from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Kim and his wife, Wonmin, met at Gordon-Conwell, where she was also doing studies. Among her many different roles, she has served as Women’s Ministry Director at Gracepoint Church and more recently worked for Serge. The Kims have three children—Elijah, Sophia, and Clay—and a dog named Mission.
Covenant Seminary President Dr. Mark Dalbey commented, “We are grateful for the Lord’s provision in bringing Dr. Kim to Covenant. His experience, knowledge, and heart for church planting and church planters make him a wonderful addition to our faculty and an ideal choice to fill the Philip and Rebecca Douglass Chair of Church Planting and Christian Formation. We are eager to see the ways in which the Lord will use Dr. Kim’s work at Covenant to mold and shape the next generation of church planters for the PCA and beyond.”
The Douglass Chair was established in 2017 to honor Dr. Philip Douglass, seasoned church planter and long-time Professor of Applied Theology at Covenant, and his wife, Rebecca, for their many years of helping to train, mentor, and support the development and Christian growth of the Seminary’s students, especially those gifted in the area of church planting. Dr. Kim becomes the second person to hold the chair, following Dr. Douglass himself, who retired from full-time teaching at the Seminary in 2018 to serve as Church Planting Director for Missouri Presbytery of the PCA.