Seminary and Rhee in Partnership for Global Mission

 January 16, 2012- Richmond, Va., - Union Presbyterian Seminary announces Dr. Syngman Rhee as special assistant to the president for global ministry and advancement. Rhee will focus primarily on mission, bicentennial, and capital campaign endeavors, particularly as those endeavors relate to the seminary’s work with Asian and Asian American churches, both in the United States and Korea.

"The Seminary is very fortunate to have a renowned churchman so dedicated to the mission of the church,” says Vice President of Advancement Richard Wong. “We are grateful to have Dr. Rhee help us further the vision of forming leaders and transforming the church. His utmost conviction and faith to our Lord Jesus Christ is contagious!"

Rhee’s new position is a continuation of service at Union Presbyterian Seminary.  Rhee first came to the seminary in 1998 as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Mission and Evangelism. As chairman of the One In Mission campaign, Rhee, along with his wife, Dr. Haesun Rhee, established the Asian American Ministry Center to assist in the education of Asian American students, pastors, educators and laity. Rhee served as director until last year.

 “It has been my privilege to teach and serve as director of the Asian American Ministry Center for the last 13 years,” says Rhee. “Now it will be my privilege to work with President Blount and Vice-President for Development Wong to fulfill our common vision for theological education and global mission in partnership with churches in the United States and in Korea.”