School of Intercultural Studies at Golden Gate Seminary Dedicated

( [email protected] ) Feb 14, 2004 01:04 PM EST

MILL VALLEY, Calif. — On Feb. 10, the dedication ceremony for the new home of the David and Faith Kim School of Intercultural Studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, which is a Cooperative Program Ministry of Southern Baptist Convention, was held after six months of renovation, Baptist Press reported.

Funded by Faith and David Kim and other friends of Golden Gate Seminary, the new home consists of eight offices, a classroom and a conference room.

The Kim School "has been brought into our institution by the grace and blessings of God, to assure appropriate cultural understanding in the development of God's servants for global ministry at home and abroad," said Ray Tallman, the newly appointed director of intercultural studies initiative at the seminary.

Tallman said the Kim School fits well with the seminary's mission statement: "Under the Lordship of Christ, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary provides education and ministry experiences to shape Christian leaders through programs that emphasize spiritual growth, biblically-based scholarship and ministry skills development -- all within a multicultural setting."

"The world today desperately needs the message of Jesus Christ presented across cultural boundaries around the world," said Tom Jones, GGBTS vice president of institutional advancement. "And the Kim School of Golden Gate Seminary aims to help us fulfill that need."

The dedication ceremony honored David and Faith Kim of Southern California, who donated $5.25 million for the intercultural school.

David Kim, a former seminary trustee, is an orthopedic surgeon and his wife, Faith Kim, is currently serving as associate professor of intercultural studies and Christian education and a director of the Kim School. The Kims came to the U.S. from Korea 35 years ago and have been actively involved with Southern Baptists in California over many years.