Jacob Kim


Jacob Chulsung Kim is a husband and father of four; he has an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, an M.A. from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. in religion from Temple University with a focus on race theory. He is currently an assistant professor of instruction at Temple University and the senior pastor of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon Valley.

The pursuit to understand intergenerational dynamics in families living in “foreign” countries and the relationship between race and faith led him to seminary then to Korea for three years, and finally back to a graduate program in Philadelphia. A couple years after graduation, he read Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose and was introduced to the free market and the possibility of resolving the problem of hypocrisy in contemporary race theory and politics (both state and church). Video searches led to John Stossel, then to Ron Paul and the Mises Institute and eventually to the Libertarian Christian Institute. After publishing Race and Poverty in the Americas, he focuses on ministry and the interpretation of scripture from the perspective of the free market.

If you play lacrosse, you are encouraged to bring your stick to meetings to facilitate discussion.

Favorite Figures

  • Rev. Sunoon Kim, Ph.D. (my dad)
  • Milton Friedman
  • Ron Paul

Must Reads

  • The Aubrey-Maturin series
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell
  • Race and Economics by Walter Williams

Favorite Films

  • Master and Commander
  • October Sky
  • The Cowboys

Fun Fact

While a seminary student, led a controversial praise team/band in 1990-91; song list included rap tunes performed by Banana Ice.


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