Lead Team

Daniel J. Kim (Director)

  • Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) 
  • ACTS University Professor (Topics – Spiritual Theology, Practical Theology, Theatrical Theology, Mission Theology)
  • Former Director of ACTS Graduate School Spiritual Theology Program (presently Ph.D. thesis director)
  • Artistic Director / Choreographer of Theodrama production/performance at ACTS University
  • Founder and Director of Imago Christi Studio
  • Missionary-at-large with East-West Center for MRD; Former President of Asian Society of Missiology
  • Roles: pastor, church planter, spiritual training center director, seminary professor, spiritual mentor, performance art director/choreographer, author

 

Esther P. Kim (Administrator)

  • Seoul Performing Arts High School (piano major); Yonsei University (B.A., organ/church music major)
  • Former pianist/organist at Seoul Choongshin Presbyterian Church
  • Former keyboard artist for 다드림선교단 praise/worship team
  • Co-founder of River of Life Christian Fellowship
  • Accompanist for Fuller Vocal Ensemble; pianist/organist for “Jubilate! An Ancient Future Concert Mass” recording
  • ACTS University (M.A. in theology)
  • Administrator at Reah International (North Korea mission) in Korea

 

David J. Choi (IT & Media)

  • B.S. in IT Engineering from Soonshil University
  • IT Specialist at International Vaccine Institute (17 years)
  • M.A. in Spiritual Theology from ACTS University
  • Tech/Media Manager at Imago Christi Studio
  • Info-Tech & Media Manager of Theodrama Production
  • Webmaster, Video Editor
  • Personal Assistant to Dr. Daniel J. Kim

 

Antipas Ahn (Graphic Design & PR)

  • A.A. in Computer Graphics Design from ChungKang College of Cultural Industries
  • B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design from Academic Credit Bank System
  • Craftsman Computer Graphics Operation at Human Resources Development Service of Korea
  • M.Div. and Th.M.-Ph.D.(candidate in Spiritual Theology) at ACTS University
  • Former Missionary to China
  • Ordained Minister (KUPA denomination)
  • Graphic Designer

 

Director: Daniel J. Kim

Daniel J. Kim teaches at ACTS University (a.k.a. Asian Center for Theological Studies in Mission) in Korea in the areas of spiritual theology, practical theology, mission theology, and theatrical theology. Here at ACTS, he primarily serves as the director of Theodrama Institute, training the students for theatrical stage production known as “theodrama.” He also serves as an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, teaching the topic of missional spirituality.

Daniel is the founder and director of Imago Christi Studio, an institute for research and training in the areas of spiritual theology, incarnational spirituality, theodrama paradigm, creative arts, and strategic mission. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister as well as a missionary commissioned by the East-West Center for Missions Research and Development.

Born in Korea and educated in the U.S., Daniel has a diverse background in science, performing art, spirituality, theology, and missiology. He studied Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) at North Carolina State University. He was trained in classical ballet and choreography at School of American Ballet (New York). He received his theological training (M.Div.) and missiological training (Th.M. and Ph.D.) at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Daniel has various ministerial experiences as pastor, evangelist, church planter, training center director, conference speaker, seminary professor, artistic director, choreographer, spiritual mentor, and author. Daniel and his wife, Esther, have three daughters (Sarah, Michelle, Anna), and presently reside in Korea.

Contact Information:
Daniel J. Kim (imagochristi777@gmail.com)

 

Spiritual Theology Background

  • 2002 – Daniel received his Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies) at Fuller Theological Seminary. His research under his mentor, Dr. Charles Van Engen, focused on the theme of biblical prophetic spirituality, particularly in the areas of divine commission and spiritual authority. His dissertation, titled “The Quest for Authentic Prophetic Authority: A Biblical Theology of Divine Commission” received the Theology of Mission dissertation award.
  • 2004 – Daniel founded Destiny Training International, a training and research development center to explore the area of Christian spirituality and develop various types of spiritual training (for pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders) in a period of 6 years.
  • 2011 – Daniel established a spiritual theology program at ACTS Graduate School. And over the past 12 years, he has developed various courses (both Korean and English) and guided dissertation-writing for Ph.D., Th.M., and M.A. students in the areas of spiritual theology, practical theology, and missiology.

     Korean Graduate School Courses

    • Christian Spirituality Intro
    • Spiritual Theology: Theological Foundation
    • Spiritual Theology: Practical Dimensions
    • Spiritual Theology: Historical Research
    • Biblical Prophetic Spirituality
    • Incarnational Spirituality
    • Spiritual Theology of John Calvin
    • Theology and Spirituality of Art
    • Mystical Theology
    • Mission and Spirituality
    • Missional Church and Spirituality
    • Missional Call and Commission
    • Spiritual Leadership
    • Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
    • Spiritual Disciplines and Methods
    • Identity and Destiny Processing

     International Graduate School Courses

    • Spirituality and Theology
    • Spiritual Theology and Methodology
    • Spiritual Issues in Mission
    • Spiritualities of the World Religions
    • Spiritualities of Major Christian Traditions
    • Theology and Spirituality of Suffering
    • Theological Aesthetics
    • Theodrama Production

 

Artistic Background

1982 – While finishing his training at the School of American Ballet in New York City to become a professional dancer/choreographer, Daniel committed his life to Jesus, experienced rebirth, and received his calling as God’s servant.

  • 1985, 1993/1994 – Daniel choreographed (for stage performance) a biblical drama called “오실이” at Naseong Korean Church and a Christian musical called “Victor” at Naseong Youngnak Church.
  • 1990 – Daniel choreographed the musical “The Confessions of Witnesses” (“증인들의 고백”) to be performed at a major Easter event for the Christian Young Adults Association. About 50 praise ministers were mobilized/trained and performed at the MBC Culture Center.
  • 2014 – Daniel produced/choreographed the first theodrama production to be performed by the international graduate students and Korean undergraduate students of ACTS University. He has since produced, choreographed, and directed a total of six theodramas (plus one by his daughter Sarah). 

     Theodrama Production

    • “Imago” (2014) – biblical overview of salvation history from Genesis to Revelation
    • “Prophetica” (2015) – preaching drama portraying the biblical prophetic type lineage
    • “Communio” (2016) – theological meaning of communion based on John Calvin’s view of the Lord’s Supper
    • “Resurrectio” (2017) – essence of the cross & resurrection as expressed by the body of Christ
    • “Missio” (2020) – theological and practical essence of mission, with contemporary implications (video production)
    • “Vita” (2022) – spiritual rebirth experienced in the context of life stages (birth, growth, love, suffering, death)
    • “Victoris” (2022) – victory through resurrection & second coming of Christ (choreographed by Sarah E. Kim)

      [The videos of the performances, as well as interviews and news links, related to these ACTS theodrama productions, can be viewed at the following websites: www.imagochrististudio.org / www.theodrama.org.]  

 

Spirituality and Art Integration

2023 – Daniel completed (pre-published) his book writing project, which integrates Christian spiritual theology and creative arts. Title: Imago Christi: Incarnational Model of Christlikeness. This book integrates several major themes, including incarnational spirituality, imaginative interpretation, theological aesthetics, sensory perception, vicarious mission, missional movement, and theodrama, in order to propose a methodology for Christlike representation as soma-kinesthetic agent in the world.

Published Articles on Spirituality and Art

            [Downloads are available from this website: www.imagochrististudio.org]

    • Kim, Daniel J. “A Call for Biblical Prophetic Authority.” In 바른 신학, 균형 목회 [Upright Theology, Balanced Ministry]. 기념논문집 출판위원회 엮음. 129-156. 서울: 대한기독교서회, 2006.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Incarnational Christology as the Crux of Spiritual Theology.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 16 (2011): 171-223.
    • Kim, Daniel J. [“ACTS Theological-Faith Movement and Its Significance for Spiritual Theology”
      [“ACTS 신학-신앙 운동과 영성신학적 의의”]. ACTS Theology and Mission [ACTS 신학과 선교]. Vol. 13 (2012): 389-435.
    • Kim Daniel J. “Presence Theology: A Subset Category of Spiritual Theology.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 17 (2012): 175-231.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “The Ecumenical Significance of the Charismatic Movement.” The Journal of Korean Evangelical Missiological Society [복음과 선교]. Vol. 22 (2013): 341-381.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Prophetic Authority: A Biblical Paradigm of Spiritual Leadership.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 25 (2015): 41-93.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Creative Arts: Theological Foundations and Spiritual Implications.” ACTS Theological Journal. 29 (2016): 153-206.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Creative Arts as Cultural Bridge to Global Mission.” In Globalization and Mission. Ed. Hoyt Lovelace. 40-60. Seoul: East-West Center for MRD, 2017.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Biblical Prophetic Call/Commission and Its Implications for Missionary Call/Commission.”
      The Journal of Korean Evangelical Missiological Society [복음과 선교]. Vol. 40 (2017): 259-292.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Theo-Drama Production as Means of Theological Education and Cross-Cultural Mission: A Case Study of ‘Resurrectio’ Production at Asia United Theological University.” ACTS Theological Journal, Vol. 33 (2017): 193-238.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Somatic-Kinetic Model of Human Agency and Its Missiological Implications.” ACTS Theological Journa Vol. 37 (2018): 195-243.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Comparative Study of Prophetic Call and Shamanic Call and Its Implications for Christian Missionary Call.” The Journal of Korean Evangelical Missiological Society [복음과 선교]. Vol. 44 (2018): 265-302.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “A Critical Evaluation of the Incarnation Model for Mission and a New Proposal for the ‘Embodied Agency’ Incarnational Model.” The Journal of Korean Evangelical Missiological Society [복음과 선교]. Vol. 46 (2019): 235-272.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “The Incarnational Missional Paradigm in the Excarnational Era of Cyberspace and Virtual Reality.” Theology of Mission. [선교신학]. 55 (2019): 41-70.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “The Significance of the Human Body and Its Implications for Christian Spirituality and Mission.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 41 (2019): 245-295.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Theodrama ‘Missio’: A Way of Theologizing Mission on Stage.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 45 (2020): 175-218.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “The Concept of Spiritual-Sense Perception and Its Significance in Spiritual Theology.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 49 (2021): 123-169.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Missional Spirituality in the 21st Century Post-Pandemic Era.” ACTS Theological Journal. Vol. 53 (2022): 246-290.
    • Kim, Daniel J. “Theatrical Paradigm of Theodrama and Its Implications for Christian Life and Mission.” Theology of Mission [선교신학]. Vol. 69 (2023): 47-84.