Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum is the General Secretary of Council for World Mission (CWM). He also teaches as guest professor at Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He was distinguished professor of world Christianity at the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS) and served as director of Korea Institute for Future Ecumenism (KIFE), from 2018-2021.
Professor Keum served as director of Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) of World Council of Churches based in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2007-2018. During the period, he also served as the editor of International Review of Mission (IRM), which is the oldest international missiological journal incepted by the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh 1910. He is the main editor of the new WCC mission statement, Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes and director of the World Mission Conference in 2018, Arusha Tanzania. Before WCC, Dr Keum served CWM as the executive secretary of Mission Programme from 2003-2007.
He received BA, MDiv at PUTS, MTh cum laude and PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Keum was awarded Honorary Doctor of Reformed Theology at the Reformed University of Debrecen and Honorary Doctor of Orthodox Theology at the University of Sibiu. Dr Keum’s main focus of research is ecumenical understanding and practice of mission in the context of world Christianity. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK).