Paul S. Chung joined Luther Seminary in July 2009. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confession and World Christianity at Wartburg Theological Seminary.
Prior to that, Chung served for 10 years as a parish pastor in the ELCA congregation of Orinda, Calif. Originally ordained in South Korea in 1987, Chung was reinstalled in 1996 in the Sierra Pacific Synod in the ELCA as clergy roster.
Chung studied in Seoul, South Korea and completed his doctoral study in 1992 about Martin Luther, Hegel and Karl Barth in the field of Systematic Theology at the University of Basel, Switzerland. For his postdoctoral study in the field of mission and world Christianity, he wrote his thesis about Lutheran theology in engagement with the Asian spirituality of Buddhism. He completed this study as visiting fellow at the Graduate Theological Union and while serving as a lecturer at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif. (1995).
Chung is primarily interested in hermeneutically extending and inter-culturally deepening the horizons of Reformation theology in an Asian multi-religious context. His theological interests include the theology of Lutheran Confessions; the theology of Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer; post-foundational, intercultural theory of interpretation; Asian irregular (minjung) theology; and world religions.
Among his 10 academic books, Chung's most recent works include The Spirit of God Transforming Life: Reformation and the Theology of the Holy Spirit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Constructing Irregular Theology: Bamboo and Minjung in East Asian Perspective (Brill, 2009), Karl Barth: God's Word in Action (James Clark, Cascade, 2008), Christian Mission and a Diakonia of Reconciliation (Lutheran University Press, 2008), and Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering 2nd ed. (Pickwick, 2007). He has also given numerous lectures and written many book chapters and more than 40 articles in various journals.