Paul Hyoshin Kim served various academic institutions, including New York Theological Seminary and United Methodist churches in New York, New Jersey, and California. He also served as the first executive director of National Campaign for Peace and Reunification of Korea sponsored by the National Council of Churches, and was at the forefront of promoting dialogue and reconciliation among people of faith in North Korea, South Korea, and the United States.
Many people look to the 1970s and 1980s to find the cause of the rapid growth of Christianity in Korea. But to understand the real story behind the growth of the Korean church, we need to rediscover the story of the American missionary enterprises of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. There, we will learn how the story of the “American Christ” came to Korea and gradually became a part of the Korean people’s story. After the missions, he is no longer the American Christ, but Jesus of Korea.