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- Dr. Kim has been teaching Old Testament at Torch Trinity since its opening in 1998. Her education began at Ewha Woman University where she received her BA English literature. From there, Dr. Kim went abroad to the UnitedStates to Western Seminary for her MDiv and MA in exegetical theology. She received her PhD in OldTestament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School(Deerfield, IL). Dr. Kim has taught at East Asia School of Theology in Singapore where she was dean of students, and has been a guest seminar speaker and teacher at many local churches in Korea. She currently serves as chairperson of the Women's Committee of the Korean Evangelical Fellowship (KEF). Since 1982, she has been involved with Korea Campus Crudade for Christ as a staff member. She is married with two children.
- Dr. Rata joined the Old Testament department, after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He also earned master's degrees from both the University of Toronto (Hebrew language and literature) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Old Testament). His doctoral research was on the finite verb in the book of Job. Of Romanian heritage, Dr. Rata has ministered in Romanian churches in Canada and in the UnitedStates. His interests include Wisdom Literature, Semitic languages, Biblical archaeology and theology, and Islamic studies. He is married with three children: Isaiah, David, and Talitha.
- Dr. Soon Jin Choi has been teaching Old Testament as an adjunct at Torch Trinity since 2006. He has joined our faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2008. Dr. Choi began his higher education at Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul, Korea. His first love was science, and he went on to obtain a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). While working on his doctoral program in science at Washington University, he took a few theological courses at Westminster Theological Seminary. Because it became clear to him that his calling was for Christian ministry, he decided to transfer as a full-time student in the MDiv program. After graduating from Westminster, he received a Master of Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA and a PhD from University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England. His doctoral advisor was Dr. Gordon McConville, and his thesis topic was “A New Heart to Know the Lord: Rhetorical Analysis of Jeremiah 21-24.” His teaching and research interests are as follows: Old Testament prophetic books, hermeneutics, rhetorical analysis, and the background of the Old Testament.