Alum Chang Brings Intercultural Experience to Seminary

Union Presbyterian Seminary Announces New Director of Asian American Ministry Center and Professor of Christian Education

January 20, 2012- Richmond, Va., - Union Presbyterian Seminary announces Dr. Sung Hee Chang  as director of the Asian American Ministry Center and assistant professor of Christian education. The Asian American Ministry Center was established in 1999 to assist in the education and training of Asian-American students, pastors, educators and laity.

“We are blessed to have Dr. Chang join the Union community,” says Dr. Syngman Rhee, former director of the Asian American Ministry Center, and current special assistant to the president for global ministry and advancement. “Her background and expertise will support our mission and vision as we seek to expand Christian education training and resources to the world.

An alumna of Union Presbyterian Seminary (M.A.C.E. ’99; Ph.D. in Christian Education ’09), Dr. Chang has served as the director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, NC, since 2004.  She also served on the Seminary’s Christian Education Task Force and was recently invited to serve on the Certification Council for Presbyterian Church Educators.  Chang was chair of the Christian education committee of the Presbytery of New Hope and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).
"It’s an honor to come back to the very place where I started my academic journey of faith as a foreign student twenty years ago,” says Chang. “I look forward to bringing my experience of serving a local congregation as well as my research on intercultural theological education to my work at Union Presbyterian Seminary.”

Dr. Chang began her service with the seminary on January 2, 2012.