Belhaven University officials will break ground Friday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the addition of a new international center. The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will be an 18,000 square foot facility located in the center of campus and is projected to cost $4 million.
Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, “In the modern history of the Church, there have been few leaders who have had as much influence as Dr. Billy Kim. Although not as well known in the United States, the ministry of Dr. Kim in Asia has been of the scope and significance of leaders like Billy Graham, Bill Bright, and Rick Warren. Belhaven is overwhelmed to be the only university in America that will have a building named in honor of the global impact of Dr. Kim.”
Dr. Kim will be speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, which is at the Entergy Pavilion. He is a broadcaster, pastor and influential speaker as well as an international Christian statesman who has advised former presidents of South Korea. Dr. Kim built an international media network at Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea where he serves as Chairman of the Board and he became the first Asian to serve as the president of the 40 million-member Baptist World Alliance.
“We currently have two dozen countries represented in our student body, and with this center named for Dr. Billy Kim, we expect that number to grow. It is important for us to bring the world to Mississippi, so they can learn with us, and for us to learn from them. Every student’s education is enriched when they build friendships with students from other regions of the world,” adds Dr. Parrott.
The international center will be built to highlight the importance of global perspectives in higher education and to celebrate the relationship the University has with South Korea. This two-story facility will be like a home away from home for international students and a hub of activity for all students.
The lower level’s core function will include diverse study, gathering, and learning spaces. An electronic international display center will connect students to the latest in television news from around the globe. This level will also include a learning center for both the International Studies and English as a Second Language majors. A display kitchen will allow students to prepare special meals from their home countries. The upper level will be a dynamic conference facility that can allow variations of theatre style seating for 300.
Dr. Billy Kim Biography
International Christian statesman and evangelist Dr. Billy Kim has touched multiple thousands of lives through his ministry as (former) President and (current) Chairman of the Board of Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea, Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea, and as a highly sought-after conference speaker.
After completing his studies in the U.S., Dr Kim returned to Korea and founded the 17,000 member Central Baptist Church in Suwon, Korea where he served for 47 years as Senior Pastor. He now serves as Pastor Emeritus of Suwon Central Baptist while leading the Antioch congregation at Won Chun Church in Suwon.
He was the interpreter for Billy Graham in the now famous Seoul Crusade of 1973 where over one million persons attended.
Dr. Kim also served as President of the Baptist World Alliance from 2000-2005.
In 1992 he was decorated by the President of South Korea for his effective efforts in changing the relationship between Korea and the countries of China and Russia.
He is a graduate of Bob Jones University (B.A., M.A.) and has received 16 honorary doctorates in recognition of his significant contributions in advancing the Kingdom of God around the world.
He received the 2006 Individual of the Year in International Broadcasting by the National Religious Broadcasters. Far East Broadcasting-Korea owns and operates 12 Christian radio stations including international stations in Seoul and Jeju, South Korea.
Dr. Kim delivered the 2006 commencement address for the United States Air Force Academy.
He is married to Trudy Stephens Kim and is the father of three children: Joseph, John, and Mary Kay.
>>VIDEO: Dr. Billy Kim speaks to the Biola University chapel in Los Angeles in 2012.
Source: Belhaven University