Who We Are

Dean’s Greeting


Life in the global 21st century faces new challenges. As so, all societies demand of leaders with sincere sense of duty rooted in higher morality and deeper spirituality. Holistic pastors who are well-balanced are expected.

Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad’s Northwestern Presbyterian Theological Seminary invests in educating leaders who are equipped with the intellect, spirituality and sensitivity based on evangelical and biblical theology to pursue God’s kingdom.

Our students will spend their effort to become transparent leaders in their church and community with strong pastoral qualities – someone who is aware of the reality of the current state of worldwide diaspora.

The seminary actively pursues to be an institution to produce missionaries with pastoral qualifications of being familiar with biblical knowledge and free from materialistic desires in order to reach out across the world to spread the gospel and prayer.

We welcome anyone who desires to become a genuine worker for God and the immigrant church as a faithful believer in the modern 21st century day.

Our seminary will provide you with sincere training to help you become a great servant of God.


Dean In-Bok Byun

Founding Idea

  • This seminary is based on biblical and evangelical theology with higher education based on the presbyterian creed and constitution to cultivate church leaders needed for the expansion of the church and the kingdom under the direct supervision of the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad(KPCA).


  • Train leaders who will work for the realization of God’s kingdom through the gospel.


Educational Purpose:
  • Cultivation of christian leaders and citizens of God’s kingdom.


Educational Goal:
  • Academic training, godliness training, evangelical pastor, religious individual


Mission Statement:
  • KPCA NWPTS exists to train disciples who will spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve for the realization of the kingdom of God.


  • May 2007 – KPCA organized the board of the Northwest Presbyterian Theological Seminary and appointed Pastor Kyu-Young Lim as the first president and Pastor Byun-In Bok as the first dean.
  • September 2007 – Tacoma New Life Church is established as the KPCA NWPTS.
  • May 2008 – Pastor Bok is confirmed as the dean at the 33rd KPCA General Assembly.
  • October 2008 – WA Higher Education Department recognizes the seminary as degree-granting university. (M.Div., B.B.S)
  • March 2011 – Elder Kyu-Bum Jang is inaugurated as the president.
  • July 2011 – The 1st graduation ceremony is held.
  • November 2012 – NWPTS is approved for issuance of I-20 by SEVIS.
  • June 2013 – The 2nd graduation ceremony is held.
  • January 2014 – Pastor Kyu-Young Lim is inaugurated as the president.
  • March 1, 2014 – Th.M. accreditation is achieved from WA Higher Education Department.
  • January 24, 2015 – The 3rd graduation ceremony is held.


  • In-Bok Byun, Professor in Systematic Theology, Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Th.M.)
  • Young-Gil Jin, Professor in Practical Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min)
  • Sang-Dong Lim, Professor in Old Testament Theology, Korean Presbyterian Seminary (D.Min)
  • Sang-Tae Hong, Adjunct Professor in Theological History, Claremont Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)
  • Ki-Dae Kim, Adjunct Professor in Modern Theology, Academy of Korean Studies (Ph.D.)
  • Il Song, Adjunct Professor in New Testament, Claremont Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)
  • In-Chul Yang, Adjunct Professor in Old Testament, Claremont Theological Seminary (Ph.D. Candidate)

  • Soo-Myung Woo, Instructor in Systematic Theology, McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min)


  • As a seminary under the direct management of KPCA, graduated students are qualified to minister in the U.S. after ordination.
  • Ordinated students after graduation are able to minister at churches part of Presbyterian Church USA. (PCUSA)
  • Scholarships are available for eligible students.
  • Student’s family can live in the United States and their children can attend American public schools.