Chongshin University and Seminary is the only one educational
institution run by the Korean Presbyterian Church in Korea
(Hapdong) which has now 11,000 local congregations and 3 million members.
It has been founded in 1901 to follow the decision the General Assembly of
the Korean Presbyterian in Korea with the purpose of bringing up Korean
pastors. It had begun with the name, Pyongyang Chosen Jesus
Presbyterian Seminary (known as Pyongyang Seminary) and with two year
preparatory courses and three year seminary course.
Dr. Samuel A. Moffett, a missionary from then Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, served as its first
president. It was closed by force by the contemporary Japanese authority because it refused to bow before Japanese
Shinto shrine in 1938. After liberation from the Japanese rule, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in
Korea decided to reopen the seminary in Seoul under the name of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1948.
However, the name has experienced many changes due to the socio-ecclesiastical-political situation in Korea since
then until it has the current name, Chongshin University and Seminary. It expanded the two year preparatory course to
the full four year liberal art course in 1967. The contemporary Ministry of Education authorized accreditation to confer
BA degree in 1970, and MA and Th.M. in 1978, M.Div., in 1980, Ph.D. in 1987, and Th.D. in 2000. It has now eight
undergraduate departments (2,020 full-time students): Theology, Christian Education, English Education, History
Education, Early Children Education, Christian Music, Children Care, and Social Welfare; six graduate schools (1,020
full-time students): General Graduate School, Education Graduate School, Inter-cultural Graduate School, Counseling
Graduate School, Social Welfare Graduate School, and Pastoral Ministry Graduate School; one
theological seminary (1,800 full-time students); and one none-degree continuing adult school. It had attained the
highest ranking among the theological universities in the national assessment of the academic qualification by the
Council of University Education in 1998.