Heesung Hwang

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Heesung Hwang

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Public Ministry

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Professor Hwang’s research interests include: Christian education, developmental theories, identity formation, congregational studies, critical pedagogy, critical race theory and postcolonial feminist theology. Professor Hwang’s research currently focuses on the multiculturally interdependent world and the role of arts as an educational approach. She has spent a significant amount of her religious educational career engaging in Korean American congregations as a children’s pastor and an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church.

“A primary learning goal for me as a teacher is to assist students to practice collaborative experiments embracing each other’s different sociopolitical or theological viewpoints. In my class, they can experience what it means to be inclusive, tolerant, creative, and transformative as ministers, educators, and activists. Creating such an educational place is a holy work. By helping students to experience constructive and inclusive approaches in theological education, a teacher empowers them to engage the various social and cultural settings students will encounter in ministry.”


  • BA, Methodist Theological University (Korea), 2003
  • ThM, Methodist Theological University (Korea), 2005
  • MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary, 2011
  • PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2019

Sample Courses:

  • Introduction to Christian Education
  • Religious Education for a Multicultural World
  • Human and Faith Developmental Theories
  • Asian American Practical Theology and Religious Education
  • Ethnography


  • “Come Play in my Madang: An Application of Redemptive Community for Emerging New Second-Generation Korean American Children in a Globalizing Society,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2019.
  • Co-authored with Mai-Anh Le Tran, Linna Gunawan, ““Last Night I Dreamed of Peace”: Letters to Women Who Hold Up the Moon” in Asian and Asian American Women in Theology and Religion: Embodying Knowledge (Asian Christianity in the Diaspora). ed. Kwok Pui-lan. New York: Palgrave Mcmillian, 2020.
  • “Crossing the Border: Religious Education of Coexistence with the Case of North Korean Refugees in the U.S.” in Religious Education 115, 3 (2020): 269-277.