Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Timothy Son

Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Youth Ministry
Year Started at PTS: 2005

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  • Ed.D., Columbia University / Religion and Education, 2008
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990
  • Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary / Christian Education, 1991
  • B.A., Cornell University / Religious Studies, 1986


The Rev. Dr. Timothy D. Son joined the Seminary faculty in 2005 as assistant professor of Christian education and youth ministry. He brings five years of teaching and 14 years of ministry experience to the position. He received his bachelor’s from Cornell University, his M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. His dissertation was “Learning through Rituals: Educational Roles of Rituals in the Formation of Congregational Identity in a Postmodern Society.” Son has served as adjunct professor in Christian education at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and at New York Theological Seminary. His other teaching experiences include serving as assistant dean for student affairs and as professor at New Jersey School of Christian Education, project team member for congregational studies at Auburn Seminary and the Lilly Foundation Project, director of Christian Education Library at Princeton Theological Seminary (School of Christian Education), and program director at French Wood Summer Academy. He was also appointed educator and seminar leader for the Three-Year- Educational Project of the Teacher’s Training Program of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His ministries include pastoring at four Presbyterian churches. He has worked with the Council of Korean Churches of Greater New Jersey as chairperson for the Youth Evangelism Committee and was head director and organizer of Hosanna 2002. Son has authored numerous publications focusing on Christian education, including Asian Americans and Christian Ministry (Wipf & Stock, 2009) and currently serves as a director of the Confluence research project, a three-year research/consultation project for Asian American churches.

Church Associations

Ordination: PC(USA), 1993 as Minister of Word and Sacrament

Local Church Membership: Mountainside Gospel Church

Professional Competencies

Areas of Expertise

  • Teaching methodologies and strategies
  • Inter-cultural education
  • Teachers training seminar
  • Congregational studies
  • Asian American ministry

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Journal of University and Mission (editorial board)
  • Education Council for Certified Christian Educators
  • Confluence Institute (executive board)

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • Member, Advisory Council of Theology, Protestant Abbey Mission
  • Director, Confluence Research Project
  • Chairperson, Youth Evangelism Committee, Council of Korean Churches of Greater New Jersey (former)
  • Head director and organizer, Hosanna 2002 (former)

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