Originally from South Korea, Chandler H. Im has lived in the USA for over 30 years. He graduated from Boston University (BA in Religious Studies), Westminster Seminary California (MDiv), and Fuller Seminary (ThM and PhD). He wrote his PhD dissertation on inter-religious dialogue on suffering between Korean Christians and Won Buddhists.
Chandler served as pastor of (multi-ethnic) English ministry and pastor of missions in southern California, Seattle, and Vancouver for 13 years (1995-2008). He also served with a Japanese-American mission agency as South American missions director (2001-2005). Chandler also worked for/with First Nations people in British Columbia, Canada (2005-2008).
Since July 2008, he has been serving as director of Ethnic Ministries at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, while also serving as director of the Ethnic America Network. He was a U.S. Advisory Committee member and a U.S. delegate to Lausanne III in Cape Town (October 2010). He is on the planning committee for the October 2012 U.S. Lausanne gathering in Denver.
Chandler is an adjunct professor of missions at Faith Evangelical Seminary (Tacoma, Wash.) and serving as general editor for and contributor of a volume on global diasporas and mission (forthcoming 2013 by Regnum). He is also contributing a chapter on a Buddhism and contextualization book scheduled to be published by William Carey Books in 2013.
He and his wife, Debbie, have two teenage children: Sabrina and Isaiah. They live in Naperville Township, Illinois, with a Shih-Tzu named Melon. Chandler has been to 46 states in the USA, and plans to visit all 50 before or when he turns 50.
Areas of Expertise
- Interfaith interface between Christians and Buddhists
- Causes of and purposes for human suffering; global diaspora in relation to the mission of God
- Multi-ethnic ministry movements and models in the USA
- Korean-American immigrant churches' issues and challenges
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Sample of Chandler Speaking
"The American Dream vs. Kingdom Dreams" sermon at Covenant Fellowship Church >>