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Marcus Hong is Louisville Seminary's new Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

May 09, 2016

Marcus HongMarcus A. Hong, who is currently completing his Ph.D. in Practical Theology and Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) and serves as a lay pastor of two United Methodist Churches in New Jersey, has been named Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Hong (pictured), who also serves on the editorial board of The Weekly Forum for Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry, will begin his service with Louisville Seminary in July 2016.

“Marcus Hong brings to Louisville Seminary a passion for Christian faith lived out in congregations and a deep appreciation for the difference theological field education makes in the lives of our students as they prepare for ministry,” said Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins. “The churches and pastors with which we work will sense immediately Marcus' intelligence and wisdom, and also his joy. He will be a real gift to our community.”

Hong’s service of Christian ministry has taken multiple forms: as a college student in the Midwest, planning Sunday night chapel for peers from a broad range of Christian traditions; as an intern in three very different PC(USA) churches; as the music director, interim high school co-director, and curriculum consultant for a 200-person youth ministry program; as co-writer of a worship resource for Presbyterian college groups alongside a team of campus ministers; as worship leader for a 1001 New Worshiping Communities ministry at the intersection of university, seminary, and town in Princeton, New Jersey; and now as lay pastor for two micro churches in rural New Jersey.

"I envision this position in field education at Louisville Seminary to be collaborative at every level,” said Hong. “Without strong supervisors in the field education sites and strong colleagues at the seminary, the field education experience can be mal-forming instead of transforming. From my background in a variety of ministries, I imagine that the future of field education lies not only in congregational or medical contexts, but also in more creative ventures. Collaboration must take into account students’ passions. The work we do in field education may enable us to be a part of reimagining how church looks.”

“Marcus Hong is an extraordinarily creative teacher who is deeply devoted to the church and to pastoral formation of its leaders,” said Louisville Seminary Dean Susan R. Garrett. “I rejoice that current and future students at Louisville Seminary will have the privilege of studying with him.”

Hong will complete his doctoral requirements in September 2017. He received his Master of Arts degree in Christian Education and his Master of Divinity degree from PTS and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and English from Alma College.
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