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 Divinity College to study with Dr Stanley Porter. My academic interests are fairly broad and encompass almost anything related to the New Testament. I recently completed my PhD (2018), with a dissertation entitled A Discourse Analysis of Galatians: A Study of Register, Context of Situation, and the New Perspective on Paul. I have also been Lecturer in Greek at McMaster for several years now. In addition, I have authored several articles and chapters in books, and have co-edited a book with Stanley Porter entitled Paul and Gnosis (see my full CV here). I am currently also working on several research and writing projects 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 worship pastor in my local church.
I also blog at www.domainthirtythree.com with Stanley E. Porter on issues of biblical scholarship and New Testament studies.