I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area to immigrant, working-class, Korean parents. We started attending church since I was four years old, and I made a decision to follow Jesus when I was 13. I attended a Christian university and then some years later decided to attend seminary. It was during seminary that I realized how much I enjoyed the scholarly aspect of biblical study. Due to personal circumstances, such as the death of my father in 2005, I delayed PhD studies for several years, but when the timing was appropriate I enrolled at McMaster to study with Dr Stanley Porter. My academic interests are fairly broad and encompass almost anything related to the New Testament. My dissertation (in progress) is entitled A Discourse Analysis of Galatians: A Study of Register, Context of Situation, and the New Perspective on Paul. In addition to my doctoral work, I have been teaching the online beginning Greek courses at McMaster for several years now. I am also the co-editor with Stanley Porter of the book, Paul and Gnosis (PAST 9; Leiden: Brill, 2016), and have several articles published in journals such as Filologia Neotestamentaria, Currents in Biblical Research, The Expository Times, and the McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry, and some forthcoming chapters in edited books (see my full CV here). I am currently also working on several research and writing projects with my advisor and am an active participant in the Society of Biblical Literature, Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Institute of Biblical Research, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the McMaster Linguistics Circle, among other groups. In addition to my academic activities, I also serve as youth and worship pastor at The Sanctuary Church in Oakville, ON.
I also blog at www.domainthirtythree.com with Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong on issues of biblical scholarship and New Testament studies.