The President's Message













                                                          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.