The newly expanded Asian American Program at Princeton Theological Seminary comes at a critical time in the life of Asian America. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial-ethnic demographic in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the persistence of anti-Asian racism. Moreover, as White Americans are expected to no longer be a majority in the United States, minority and immigrant churches are poised to transform the face of Christianity in the United States in the next few decades. The Asian American Program seeks to equip and empower the next generation of Asian American leaders for service in church, society, and academy.
The Asian American Program forms Christian leaders who serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy. The Asian American Program:
- Offers innovative conferences on Asian American theology drawing upon leading practitioners and scholars from Asian American studies and Asian American theology on topics relevant to Asian American churches.
- Organizes the Asian American Theology and Ministry Colloquium, which provides students with a forum for dialogue, support, and critical reflection on ministry by Asian Americans, especially in Asian American ecclesial contexts.
- Provides leadership development, mentoring, and pastoral care for Asian and Asian American students.
- Supports and advocates for Asian and Asian American students.
Princeton Theological Seminary has been a leading voice in Asian American theology and ministry through the work of Professor Emeritus Sang Hyun Lee, the Asian American Program, and the establishment of the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology.