Rev. David J. Kim, M.Div., was appointed president of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) on April 5, 2017. He is a follower of Jesus, passionate to disciple the next generation of leaders at UVF. He is a motivated leader and God has prepared him for this new role with his past experiences in international and entrepreneurial leadership. Kim grew up as a child of missionaries in Ghana, West Africa, and then in New Jersey and Washington as his parents planted churches.
He is a 1997 UVF alumnus and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 2004. He has been a church planter and led several Christian schools in the U.S. and abroad. He felt a calling to Ecuador specifically for business as missions in order to reach children in farming communities. Kim and his family moved to Ecuador where he served as the CEO of Terrayork Cacao, a successful cacao exportation company.
After a life-altering accident in 2013, Kim and his family returned to the U.S. and he became a church consultant and staff pastor before coming back to UVF in 2015 as chair of the Department of Intercultural Studies. During UVF’s recent season of organizational restructuring, Kim was asked by the Board of Trustees Executive Committee to serve as Chief Operating Officer, a role he began in December of 2016.
Rev. David Kim has a passion for discipleship, for planting churches, and for helping churches and organizations become healthy. He is a student of leadership and his drive for excellence and collaboration influences everyone around him. He loves UVF, his alma mater, and his heart’s desire is to prepare followers of Jesus who will impact the world.
Rev. Kim and his wife Rebekah have four children – Lauren, Taylor, Nichole, and Elijah.