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Alexander Hwang called to teach historical theology for three years

Jul 15, 2008
by Michelle E. Melton

Dr. Alexander Y. Hwang has accepted Louisville Seminary's call to serve as Assistant Professor of Historical Theology for a three-year contract term.

Hwang will come to Louisville Seminary in August from St. Louis University, where he is Assistant Professor of Medieval Church History. His three-year term at LPTS will coincide with the three-year leave of LPTS Professor Kathryn Johnson, who is serving the global church as Assistant General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. Johnson is Professor of Historical Theology and Paul Tudor Jones Professor of Church History at LPTS.

"I am grateful to the search committee for their diligence in finding an outstanding scholar, who will help us continue our training of theological students in early church history, while Dr. Johnson serves the church in this vital calling of nurturing global dialogue. We welcome Dr. Hwang and the richness of his own global experiences to our collegium," said Thompson.

Hwang is a Presbyterian (PCUSA) and a candidate for ordination under care of the Presbytery of Chicago.

Since 2001, Hwang also has taught at Westmont College in California, Montclair State University in New Jersey, and Fordham University in New York City, where he earned his Ph.D. in historical theology, concentrating on Latin patristics, and an advanced doctoral certificate in medieval studies. His other degrees are from the University of Illinois (B.A., European history) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

During and following his seminary studies, Hwang served various congregations in a variety of ministries. He was the college pastor of the Princeton Community Church and served on the staffs of Princeton University's Manna Christian Fellowship and New York University's Korean Christian Fellowship. Other calls led him to Anchorage, Alaska; New Mexico; and New Jersey, where he has served on the staffs of Presbyterian congregations, led youth and young adult ministries, and supported multi-cultural mission appointments.

"I am thrilled that Dr. Hwang will be joining us at LPTS," said Seminary Dean David Hester. "He will add yet another dimension to our faculty and to our teaching and learning perspectives, bringing not only his expertise in early church history, but also his experience and expertise in the Korean Church."

Hwang has published articles in Studia Patristica, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Missiology, and The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages. His revised dissertation on the fifth-century interpreter of Augustine, Intrepid Lover of Perfect Grace: A Study of the Life and Thought of Prosper of Aquitaine, will be published by the Catholic University of America Press (expected early 2009). He is an active member of the North American Patristics Society, the American Association of Religion (AAR), and the Medieval Academy of America. “We are incredibly excited about Dr. Hwang joining the faculty. He is an outstanding teacher and scholar who will contribute a great deal to the Louisville Seminary community. We are all very fortunate that he and his lovely family will be with us over the next few years,” said Dr. Johnny B. Hill, assistant professor of theology and a member of the search committee, chaired by Louisville Seminary Professor of Historical Theology Christopher Elwood.

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is called by God through the church to educate men and women to participate in the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. The vocational identity of Louisville Seminary is nurtured by the indispensable teaching, research, publications, and pastoral commitments of its professors, who comprise a faculty of 22 members with credentials from some of the world’s leading theological institutions and universities. Nearly 50 percent of the faculty is female; more than 60 percent are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but United Methodist, United Church of Christ, American Baptist, Reformed Church, and Lutheran faith traditions are also represented.

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