Sangyil Sam Park
Professor of Preaching and Director of Doctor of Ministry Program
- PhD Graduate Theological Union
- MDiv Drew University
- MTh Methodist Theological Seminary, Korea
- BTh Methodist Theological Seminary, Korea
Philosophy of Teaching
I believe that seminary class is a lab in which our faith and scholarly work come together on equal levels; any lecture or debate not emerging from one’s faith makes it hollow, and any endeavor to keep one’s doctrinal or dogmatic stance not allowing a critical evaluation makes it irrelevant to today’s multifaceted world. Today’s world asks us more desperately than any time before to have open minds, love, and tolerance toward those who are different from our own in culture and faith tradition. Seminary education is an opportunity in which we learn together to grow both in faith and academic discipline to meet the needs of such a desperate world. A United Methodist preacher for 20 years, I enjoy the privilege of being in a pulpit; I cannot imagine myself not in the pulpit each Sunday. But this holy office of preaching always comes to me as something new and challenging.
As pastor of a local church, I consider my class teaching as a part of my ministry with an understanding that this is a highly academic training. I would like my students to broaden their understanding of preaching and improve their practical skills of exegesis and sermon development in a variety of contexts.
Member of Academy of Homiletics
My current research topics include Renewal of Korean Preaching and Preaching in multi-cultural and multi-religious world.
Teaching Interests and Courses Taught
Prophetic Preaching, Theology of Preaching, Renewal of Korean Preaching, Narrative Preaching, Preaching and Church Revitalization, and Preaching in Interfaith World.
Korean Preaching, Han and Narrative. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
Preaching in the 21st Century (in Korean), ed. Seoul, Korea: Olive Tree, 2014.
“Preaching Love in Interfaith World,” A paper read and published at the Annual Meeting of American Academy of Homiletics, San Diego, 2014.
“Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Its Application in Paul Wilson’s Homiletics,” Journal of Practical Theology Vol. 1, June 2014.
“Speech of Hope: Prophetic Preaching” REVIEW and EXPOSITOR Vol. 109 No. 3 Summer 2012.
“Richard Horsley and Tom Thatcher, John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel” Homiletic Vol.39. No.1, 2014
Core Doctoral Faculty Member (2008-)
Board Member of Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union (2012- )
Member of the Faculty Council of the GTU (2010-2011)
Hobbies and Interests
- Walking in open spaces