• Exhibition Period : May 11, 2021 ~ December 31
  • Gallery Hours : 10:00 ~ 12:00 / 14:00 ~ 16:00 (Closed on Sat., Sun., Public Holidays)
  • Occupancy Restriction : Under 12 viewers per session
  • Exhibition Venue : 2nd floor and 3rd floor (Lobby) of Moffett Bldg.
  • Reservation : A group of more than 10 people should book (02-450-0783)
  • Box Rents : Free Entry

Salutatory for the Exhibition Commemorating 120th Anniversary

Reminiscing about their ardor for the God’s Kingdom at that time...

Theological education has marked 120 years this year which began at the house of Samuel A. Moffett who was a senior pastor of Jangdaehyun Church as well as a Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) missionary dispatched to Pyongyang in 1901. The theological education that started with the management and supervision of Presbyterian Council stood on the basis of church union and the Bible class tradition, and it has gone through various titles and development progresses, carrying on today’s Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary. This 120th anniversary commemorating exhibition casts light upon the theological education at the dawning, which started at Pyongyang. It is a rare opportunity to examine the accretionary process during the early 10 years of the seed of theological education planted by Samuel Moffett with the museum collections and legacies.

This exhibition summarizes the 120-year history of theological education of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary starting at Pyongyang into the chronological chart, and shows how well Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary has inherited its tradition. The explosion of Christian population and the number of churches at that time required the education and nurture of church leaders. As a result, this exhibition covers the background of the theological education, along with the traces at that time, such as helpers, leaders, bible women, colporteurs, Bible classes and resolutions of the Presbyterian Council regarding theological education. What is worthy of attention is the appearance of students and professor of Pyongyang Seminary, school system, curriculum, textbooks, minutes of Council and other materials that are difficult to find. I hope that it gives you an opportunity to newly reflect and reform the theological education, and to feel their ardor for God’s Kingdom at that time when the dawning of theological education through diverse pictures, documents, relics, minutes, curriculums, theological textbooks, etc. that PUTS Historical Museum possesses.

I would like to express my gratitude to Acting President Unyong Kim who supported this exhibition in every aspect, Professor Hee Kuk Lim, Professor Kyo Seong Ahn, Professor Chang Uk Byun, those who have counseled for the past several months, and Reverend Sang Hyun Shin who were in charge of practical affairs.
Director of PUTS Historical Museum
Shin-Geun Jang

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, either he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase
(1 Cor. 3:6-7)

Exhibition Overview

Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary has celebrated its 120th anniversary. Our proud ancestors have planted the seed of the gospel and watered it with their faithful hearts and God has let it grow for 120 years. The special exhibition commemorating the 120th anniversary, ‘120 years of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, the Daybreak: those people, at that time’ sheds light on the responses of people who played a role as a cornerstone of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary at the dawning of Korean missionary work, from a Bible class, producing 7 pastors to the beginning of the General Assembly.

The exhibition consists of three stories. The first story, ‘Craving for Faith’, is the appearance of Korean churches which accomplished significant quantitative revival in a very short period thanks to the early Bible classes and indigenous help. The second story is ‘From a Class of Theology Course to Chosun Presbyterian Seminary’. It allows you to peep into a theology class in 1901 which was composed of 2 students, Chong-Sub Kim and Ki-Chang Pang, to school system, curriculums, students and faculty until 1907. The third story, ‘The trace of those people at that time,’ introduces the appearance of people at the dawning of Korean gospel, accomplished with God, via video clips and relics. It is hoped that this exhibition plays a role as a blessed chance to reflect on each one’s response in front of God.

‘Craving for Faith’

Translated Korean Bibles and evangelizing documents flowed from Manchuria in the 1880s enabled Koreans to have faith. The first Bible class in 1890 conducted with missionaries thrived and become a hatch to grow Korean leaders. The Bible women and colporteurs played a significant role in supplying the bibles and evangelizing documents. Also, the commitment of helpers and leaders who took care of individual churches had tremendous influence. As a result, the number of churches increased by 52 in 1901 from only 2 throughout the nation in 1888. By 1904, there were more than thirty thousand believers. This Great Awakening let people desire to have Korean ministers.

‘From a Class of Theology Course to Chosun Presbyterian Seminary’

In 1900, the Pyongyang Council catechized and permitted Jong-Seop Kim and Ki-Chan Pang who were both elders and helpers as candidates for the ordained pastors. Eventually in 1901, the Theology class started at the house of Samuel Moffett. The number of students increased to 6 in 1903, as Jeon-Beak Yang, Sun-Joo Kil, Ki-Pung Ye, and In-Seo Song were admitted. During that fall, the Presbyterian Council adopted the academic system, 3 years of preliminary course (research course) and 5 years of main course (Theology course).
In 1907, there were 4 classes in the theology course, and 76 students were attending. 4 Presbyterian missionaries served as professors, and the first 7 graduates were consecrated as pastors in that June. since 1907, the ‘theology course’ has been called by ‘Daehan Presbyterian Seminary’ and then changed to ‘Chosun Presbyterian Seminary’ later on. Thereafter, the Inaugural Council of Chosun Presbyterian Church was held at the hall of this school in 1912.

‘The trace of those people at that time’

From the dawning, the faithful response to God of those who became the cornerstone of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary is vestigial and has been left as the trails of their lives. You will encounter every aspect of the lives and the list of 1st through 5th graduates, along with the relics smeared with the traces of life of the people at that time.