OUR STORY

A Brief History

In the early 1970s when the number of Korean immigrants increased in Los Angeles area, some Korean church leaders in the area felt an immediate need to establish schools to train men and women for the rapidly sprouting Korean churches among the immigrants.

Dr. John Eui-Whan Kim, a church historian, seminary professor, and pastor of a fast-growing church, was one of those church leaders. Unlike his peers, however, who went on their way to open schools to provide theological education for Korean-immigrants in their mother tongue, John Kim was  inspired by the dream of world mission and decided to establish a seminary for international students from Third World countries.

After sharing his vision with the elders of his church and ensuring support from some of them, his dream was effectuated in the founding of International Theological Seminary in 1982 as a venture of faith.

His intense desire to launch such a unique theological seminary was motivated by the conviction that trained national church leaders would be far more effective in many tasks to which foreign missionaries were normally assigned, such as evangelism, church growth, church planting, and others.

To date, ITS  has graduated over 1,000 students in all of its academic programs, most of whom have returned to their home countries.

WHO ARE WE

FACULTY

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Robert Wyatt

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Joseph Tong

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Monica Lau

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Peter Hintzoglou

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Talatu Bonat

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Katherine Ahn

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Christina Kang

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Samuel Ling

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Mel Loucks

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Neal Presa

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Ross Purdy

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David McKinley

STAFF

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James S. Lee

President

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Vice President of Academic Affairs

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Premkumar Dharmaraj

Vice President of Student Life

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Paul Zhaohui Yang

Vice President of Operation & Finance

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Sammi Yan

Director of Alumni Relations

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Susan Liu

Librarian

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Jane Lee

Bookkeeper

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Rei Eusebio

IT Coordinator

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Letty Chen

Registrar

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Ei Meren Acierto

Assistant to the President

2019-2020 Student leaders

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Fitsum

President

Ethiopia

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Theophilus

Vice President

Ghana

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James

Treasurer

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Paul

Secretary

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Bako

Chaplain

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Norman

Dorm Manager

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Ruth

Kitchen Supervisor

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Support our Mission

This ministry is possible due to the financial and prayer support of individuals like you. Please know that your generosity is making an impact on communities thousands of miles away, as our graduates return home to work and serve as agents of transformation in their area of ministry.

Accreditation

ITS is an accredited theological institution that accepts students of any race, color, nation, and ethnic origin. We are accredited by the Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education (BPPE)Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and Asia Theological Association(ATA).

Contact us

contact@itsla.edu
626.653.9547

Address
540 East Vine Avenue.
West Covina, CA 91790

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events

Open House
Tuesday, May 12

Chapel- 11:45 AM
Tuesdays and Thursdays

Community Lunch
Monday-Friday 12:30 PM