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Walter Kim boasts an impressive resume. He capped off a history degree from Northwestern University and an M.Div. from Regent College (Vancouver) with a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages from Harvard University. He has served as senior pastor at Park Street Church in Boston and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.
Last week Kim, 51, was named president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), a venerable organization founded in 1942. Kim, a Korean American who grew up in Appalachia, is the first person of color to lead the NAE.
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Walter Kim (center) was just named president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Courtesy of the NAE.
Kim joins a trickle of other persons of color recently named to top posts at top evangelical institution. Here are a few of the most notable:
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Edgar Sandoval: In 2018 Sandoval, who was born in Los Angeles but grew up in Colombia and Venezuela, was named president of World Vision-U.S. This behemoth relief and development organization operates with a budget of $2.7 billion per year. Before being hired at World Vision, Sandoval did a successful stint as a vice president at Procter & Gamble.
Tom Lin: In 2016 Lin, a Taiwanese American, was named president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Twenty-five years earlier, he began an Asian American InterVarsity chapter at Harvard, his alma mater. “We’ve got so many men and women, ethnic minorities, who serve in leadership at InterVarsity. We’ve worked at it, and we’ve continued to learn and grow. We never say we’ve arrived, but this is a significant moment for InterVarsity,” the 43-year-old told Christianity Today. “It is significant … for any large North American evangelical organization to have a non-white president.”
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Santiago Mellado: In 2013 Mellado, born in El Salvador and raised in seven different countries, was named president of Compassion International. Before his current post, Mellado...
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