Walter Kim became the president of the National Association of Evangelicals in January 2020. He previously served as a pastor for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church and four years at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Va. He regularly teaches in seminaries, addresses evangelical concerns with elected officials, and provides theological and cultural commentary to leading news outlets.
Dr. Kim is the son of immigrant parents. God used a conversation in a parking lot after watching Star Wars to plant the seeds of the gospel in Walter. A couple of years later, he was converted at a Korean-American Presbyterian conference.
Kim received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, and his B.A. from Northwestern University. He is a licensed minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference, and served on the boards of Christianity Today and World Relief.
Dr. Kim has lived in major urban centers such as New York City, Vancouver and Boston, in the suburbs of Chicago and Pittsburgh, and in a fading coal town at the foot of the Appalachians. His experience of America reflects the diversity of the country and of the evangelical community.
Walter and his wife, Toni, have two teenagers.
The Thursday evening service will involve UB Global staff, missionaries, and others. Frank Yang (far left) and Steve Fish (left) will share a keynote message revealing God’s long-envisioned plan for the fullness of the Church which He has invited UBs to come together to accomplish. Frank has been executive director of UB Global since 2020, and on staff since 2011. Steve, an ordained UB minister who has served in several different UB churches, has been a UB Global associate director since 2021.
The conference will close with a message from Todd Fetters, bishop of the US National Conference since 2015. He was appointed bishop in 2015 to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor, and since then has been elected to four-year terms in 2017 and 2021.
Bishop Fetters grew up in a minister’s home as the son of Dr. Paul and Barbara Fetters. He graduated from Huntington University in 1989 with a degree in Bible & Religion, and two years later received the Master of Christian Ministry degree from Huntington University. More recently, he earned the Master of Arts in Religion from Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, Pa.
He served 24 years as a United Brethren pastor, starting in 1989 with seven years at Lake View United Brethren church in Camden, Mich. He left there in 1995 to become senior pastor of Devonshire United Brethren Church in Harrisburg, Pa. After 18 years at Devonshire, Bishop Fetters left in 2013 to become Director of National Ministries at the national office in Huntington, Ind.
Todd and his wife, Lisa, were married in 1988. They have two sons, Jordan and Quinn.