As a pastor, scholar and thought leader, Walter Kim brings a unique combination of skills to lead the National Association of Evangelicals into the next decade as president. He is the son of immigrant parents and has lived in major urban centers such as New York City, Vancouver and Boston, in the suburbs of Chicago and Pittsburgh, and in a fading coal town at the foot of the Appalachians. His experience of America reflects the diversity of the country and of the evangelical community.
God used a conversation in a parking lot after watching Star Wars to plant the seeds of the gospel in Walter. A couple of years later, he had an unexpectedly charismatic conversion at a Korean-American Presbyterian conference. This was followed by years of discipleship in white, midwestern evangelicalism, which then ripened in the international reformed theology at Regent College and Park Street Church. Each stage enabled him to enter various denominational streams learning from the best of what each tradition offers.
Walter also serves as the Pastor for Leadership at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously ministered for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church, a congregation that played a key role in the NAE’s founding. He also serves on the Board of Christianity Today and the Advisory Council of Gordon College.
He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his B.A. from Northwestern University in philosophy and history. He has taught classes at Boston College and at Harvard University, and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Archaeological Study Bible, and The Soul of Medicine. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. Walter is married to Toni Kim, and they have two teenagers.