I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles to immigrant, working-class, Korean parents. We started attending church since I was four years old, and I eventually made a decision to follow Jesus when I was 13. I went to a Christian university and received a BA in psychology, and then some years later decided to attend seminary. It was during my studies in seminary that I realized how much I enjoyed the “technical” study of Scripture. Due to personal circumstances, such as the death of my father in 2005, I delayed PhD studies for many years, but when the opportunity was appropriate, I began doctoral studies in 2011. I recently completed the PhD (2018), commencing with a dissertation now being published as A Discourse Analysis of Galatians and the New Perspective on Paul (Linguistic Biblical Studies 17; Leiden: Brill, 2019). I have also co-edited a book and published several journal articles and chapters in books as well (see my full CV here). I am currently also working on several research and writing projects and enjoy presenting papers at various conferences like the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the McMaster Linguistics Circle, among several other groups.
My other blog is www.domainthirtythree.com with my Doktorvater and friend, Stanley E. Porter, on issues of biblical scholarship, current events in the biblical world, and other related topics.