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Historical Background

“ACTS is the new product in history of Asia as well as in new age of Christian Mission. This is the combined result from Church Growth in Asia, Advancement of Mission in the 3rd world, and Expansion of Evangelicalism in Asia. ACTS has its root on both Asia-Pacific Evangelicalism Association and Korean Evangelical Theology Movement”

ACTS was established according to the agreement by the Asian church leaders at the Conference for Asian and Pacific Evangelism in Singapore in 1968. The vision was to establish a new Graduate School of Theology in order to train future church leaders and to advance evangelism in Asia. The original name of our school, ACTS (Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission), is the name by which we are best known to the public.

Year
2010’s
2013
March – Rev. Nam Soo Choi is inaugurated as the 8th Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
2011
February – Rev. Sung Gae Hong is inaugurated as the 7th Chairman of the Board of Trustees. February – Dr. Young Ook Kim is inaugurated as the President of ACTS.
Year
2000’s
2006
December – Rev. Ja Youn Gil is inaugurated as the 6th Chairman of the Board of Trustees. March – Dr. Se Jin Ko is inaugurated as the President of ACTS.
2005
December – Rev. Kim Sam Hwan is inaugurated as the 5th Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
2004
December – Language Institute of ACTS is established. August – University-Industry Co-op Corps. is organized.
March – New Library is constructed through the contribution and prayer of Geumran Church.
2003
March – Life Long Learning Center is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education.
2002
October – Graduate School of Welfare is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education
2001
October – ACTS is acknowledged by Korean Association of College Education as an excellent college of liberal art. August – Department of Christian Education and Mission English Program in Department of Mission Language are authorized by Korea Ministry of Education.
July – Graduate School of Counseling and Welfare is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education
Year
1990’s
1999
November – Graduate School of Education in ACTS is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education.
1998
October – Department of Christian Education and Mission Language Program in the Undergraduate Studies are authorized by the Department of Education. March – Dr. Taek Kwon Lim is inaugurated as the President of ACTS, and Dr. Chul Ha Han is honored as the President-Emeritus.
1997
October – Korea Ministry of Education authorized the Graduate School of Mission January – Rev. Hongdo Kim, the Pastor of Geumran Church, is inaugurated as the 4th Chairman of the Board of Trustees
1994
August – Undergraduate Evening Program is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education.
1993
November – School name is changed to Asia United Theological University. Dean’s title is changed to President.
1990
November – Department of Christian Education in the Graduate School is acknowledged by Korea Ministry of Education. October – Department of Mission is authorized by the Department of Education
September – Dormitory building is constructed at Yangpyoung campus.
Year
1980’s
1989
November – PhD in Theology Program is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education authorized January – Elder Soonyoung Choi, the President of Shin-Dong-A group, is inaugurated as the 3rd Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
1987
December – Graduate School in ACTS is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education. Department of Theology and Department of Asia are established.
1986
August – Graduate School of Theology in ACTS is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education. Department of Theology is established.
1994
August – Undergraduate Evening Program is authorized by Korea Ministry of Education authorized.
1981
December – Graduate School of Theology is chartered as an educational foundation by Korea Ministry of Education. May – Dr. Chul Ha Han is inaugurated as the 2nd Director of ACTS.
February – Rev. Sejin Kim was inaugurated as the 2nd Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Year
1970’s
1979
September – ACTS offers a joint degree program of Doctor of Ministry (DMin) with Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. April – New building (3,500 cubic meters in size) is constructed. ACTS is approved by Asia Theological Association to confer degrees in MDiv, MA, ThM, and DMin.
1978
September – ACTS is approved by the 63rd General Assembly of Korean Presbyterian Church.
1977
January – ACTS is authorized as an incorporated foundation, “Asian Center for United Theological Studies” by the Korea Ministry of Education/
1975
August – ACTS offers a joint program in Masters Degree with Korea Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Seoul Theological Seminary, and launches the Masters Program for foreign students from Asia.
1973
November – Articles for the new school is adopted. School name is changed from CATS to ACTS (Asian Center for Theological Studies). Board of Trustees appoints Rev. Kyung Jik Han as the 1st Chairman, Dr. Samuel Hugh Moffett as the 1st Director, and Dr. Chul Ha Han as the Deputy Director. September – 1st meeting of Board of Trustees is convened to organize CATS
1972
April – Board of Trustees meets in Seoul and decides to establish the Graduate School of Theological Studies in Seoul instead, and appoints Korean Board members.
1971
June – CATS Committee decides to form a Board of Trustees for the Graduate School of Theological Studies in Singapore.
1968
November – Conference for Asian and Pacific Evangelism in Singapore decides to establish Center for Advanced Theological Studies for Asian Countries (CATS)and appoints a Committee to select the building site for the Center.