Bill and Mill Kwon
Serving in Southeast Asia | Asia-Pacific
“Go beyond the Walls (Joshua 6:20)” is the Kwons theme. After experiencing repentance and eternal salvation in 1998, Dr. Donghwan (Bill) Kwon obeyed the call of God into ministry. Ten years of fruitful ministry at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) and the Philippine field, the Kwons are now going beyond the comfort zone. In July 2014, Dr. Bill Kwon started serving as Myanmar country coordinator for the Southeast Asia field. In January 24, 2015, he was appointed as the District Superintendent of Yangon District. The goal is to work to transform individuals, plant churches, and multiply disciples and leaders in the country. His vision with Myanmar is to make 200 disciples and let them plant 200 churches. In addition to the field ministry, Dr. Kwon was elected as the 5th chancellor of Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) in August 2015. The goal of SEANBC is educate 600 students by 20 extension centers by 2020.
In 2004, Dr. Kwon became a first full-time professor in Christian Communication at APNTS. He soon became the founding director for Fairbanks International School of Communication in 2007. He also worked as a liaison for APNTS Korean partnership and played a pivotal role to raise funds for including scholarship fund from 2008 to 2010.
In 2011, he was appointed as the director of WM Communications Asia-Pacific (WMC-AP, 2011-2013). Serving WMC, his ministry philosophy was to seek “professional excellence in holiness pursuit.” He began renovating WMC-AP to be an efficient and effective ministry arm for the region.
In 2011, Dr. Kwon also initiated holistic Rowenas Community Development Project. The project was able to build a community development center, day care center, community-based health care center/pharmacy, potable water system, and sends 149 children to school including 23 college students. And planted River of Life Church of the Nazarene.
He completed diploma in Theatre Arts from Seoul Institute of Arts (1993), B.A. in English Literature and Language (Korea Open University, 2010), M.A. in Christian Communication (APNTS, 2003), and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of the Philippines (2010). He has published various academic articles and presented papers internationally. His doctoral dissertation was published by Emeth Press as a part of Asbury Theological Seminary Series in World Christianity Revitalization Movements and Intercultural Studies.
Yun Bum Kim (Mill Kwon) has taught English at APNTS (2008-2014). Prior to her teaching at APNTS, she had taught at Faith Academy as ESL teacher (2003-2005). She is a graduate of Sungshin Women’s University with B.A. in Chinese Literature and Language (1990-1994), M.A. in Religious Education at APNTS (1998-2003), and doctoral studies in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University (2006 – incomplete). She published a few research papers and translated books including Korean NMI Handbook (2012) and SDMI Bible Quiz Materials (2012-3). They have been regional missionaries since 2003.
They have two girls and two boys; Yi Hyun (12th), Min Ki (10th), Min Jae(5th), and Geum Ju(2nd).
Going Where the Church is Not Yet
Today there are over 4.3 billion people who live in areas where there is little to no gospel witness. 4.3 billion people who have not heard the message of the gospel, who have never heard the name of Jesus. We believe that everyone deserves to hear. God continues to call the Church of the Nazarene to spread the message of the gospel, to preach holiness, and to bring good news to the poor all over the world. The task is enormous; far too big for anyone to do alone, but together we can go where the church is not yet and see people, communities, and nations transformed. Reaching these people begins with one step, a step of obedience and faithfulness that says yes to God’s call. Take your first step and start your journey toward serving in missions today.