USA – INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (ITS)
The late Dr. John E. Kim envisioned a seminary that would help train indigenous ministers, seminary and Bible teachers, and church leaders to bring the gospel to their own people. In 1982, he founded the International Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California which mainly focused on training students from developing countries.
2019 has been a truly significant year for ITS. The Board has decided to make the West Covina campus the Seminary’s new home. The move is the culmination of many people’s prayers, numerous conversations, and careful planning. it has opened the next chapter in the life of the school. Dr. James Lee, president of ITS shared, “the Presbytery of San Gabriel embraced partnership with us and has come to appreciate the mission of ITS. The City of West Covina so willingly granted a CUP and business license so that we can occupy the West Covina property and operate from the location. The move will be a turning point in the history of the Seminary. We are already beginning to see many positive and encouraging signs of institutional growth and expansion …. I am excited that several respected leaders have joined our Board of Trustees and the Consulting Board, greatly strengthening the Board leadership and expanding the network and ministry of ITS around the world. I am deeply grateful for our dedicated faculty and staff who have been diligently working to make our work possible.” Indeed, glory and praise be to Jehovah God.
Rev. Dr. Fred Cheung was the vice president of ITS. He started to support ITS students with Scholarships and ministry support after they returned to their home countries. As Dr. James Lee said, “WCCM and ITS have been intimate partners over several decades now. The seeds that we had sown together has produced fruit hundreds and thousands fold already. Training and equipping local leaders have been becoming more and more important for the 21st century.