Daniel J. Kim is a professor at Asia United Theological University (Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission – ACTS) in Korea, teaching spiritual theology and mission theology. Here at ACTS, he serves as the academic dean of International Graduate School (AIGS) and He also serves as the director of Spiritual Theology Program in Korean Graduate School. At ACTS, he has been instrumental in promoting creative arts for worship and ministry by mobilizing and training Korean and international students for “theo-drama” productions, such as “Imago,” “Prophetica,” “Communio, and “Resurrectio.” Daniel also is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaching mission & spirituality. Moreover, Daniel serves as the director of Theology, Spirituality, and Arts at Imago Christi Studio which he founded in Seoul, Korea. In the global context, he serves as a missionary commissioned by East-West Center for Missions Research and Development to engage in works of research, training, and networking in Asia. He also serves as the president of Asian Society of Missiology, an association committed to foster networking and fellowship among missiologists both inside and outside of Asia for mutual encouragement, knowledge sharing, and effective service in mission education. Throughout his ministry years, Daniel has had diverse experiences and roles as pastor, evangelist, church planter, missionary trainer, conference speaker, seminary professor, spiritual mentor, author, artistic director, and training center director. Born in Korea and educated in the U.S., Daniel received his theological and missiological degrees (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) from Fuller Theological Seminary. Daniel and his wife, Esther, have three daughters: Sarah, Michelle, and Anna.
Esther P. Kim is a Christian musician and worship minister. She graduated from Seoul High School of Arts, (majoring in piano) and Yonsei University (majoring in church music, particularly pipe organ). During her college years, she was involved in the “Contemporary Christian Music” movement and was instrumental in production of 5 recordings with various CCM groups. She was also involved in a widespread “Praise and Worship” movement in the late 1980’s among the younger generation of Koreans, while serving as a pianist/organist at Choongshin Presbyterian Church (pastored by her father). After her marriage to Daniel, Esther emigrated to the U.S., finishing the “Encore Program” (majoring in keyboard) at Musicians Institute in California. She also served as an accompanist with Fuller Seminary Vocal Ensemble, and was instrumental in production of “Jubilate! An Ancient Future Concert Mass.” Besides her extensive training and experience in music and worship, Esther has cultivated a vision for empowering women, developing training curricula, such as “Women in the Bible,” “Inner Healing for Women,” and “Identity Development for Women.” With her musical gifting, she plans to produce a number of therapeutic music CD’s for healing and meditation, particularly for the benefits of women and those in suffering. Presently, while serving as an administrator with North Korea mission organization called Reah International, Esther considers it a high calling to be a mother of three daughters, Sarah, Michelle, and Anna.
David (Jin Hyouk) Choi is a man on a spiritual quest, with a background in computer science. For the past 10 years, he has worked as an application developer with International Vaccine Institute (IVI) in Korea. Having graduated from Soongsil University (majoring in Computer Electronic Communication Engineering), he is currently a graduate student at Asia United Theological University (Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission – ACTS), majoring in Spiritual Theology under the mentorship of Daniel Kim. His research thesis has to do with understanding of cyber technology and virtual reality from the perspective of Christian spirituality. Born again some 6 years ago, David had some radical experiences in terms of street evangelism and supernatural manifestations. As a result, he has a heart for reaching out to the lost and saving souls. Presently, he is closely mentored by Daniel Kim, while serving as his special assistant. He is involved in various roles at Imago Christi Studio as general manager, facility manager, worship leader, research assistant, and webmaster. He has also been instrumental in all “theo-drama” productions at ACTS, serving as administrative liaison, technical manager, and video editor. His hobbies include CrossFit training and investigative research.