MAY 12, 2014, Columbus—Bexley Seabury Federation President Roger Ferlo announced today that the Rev. KyungJa (KJ) Oh, a Seabury MDiv alumna (’00) and current DMin student, will become the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation’s director of field education and formation. Oh is currently rector of The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Walnut Hills, Ohio in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
“KJ bring brings a depth of wisdom and hands-on practical experience that will immeasurably strengthen our MDiv program,” said Ferlo.
Oh will join the staff on July 1 and be based at Bexley Hall in Columbus, located on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
“I’m delighted to have KJ joining us at Bexley Seabury” said the Rev. Thomas Ferguson, dean of Bexley. “She brings a wealth of personal and professional experience in a number of different settings, from chaplaincy to parish ministry,” said Ferguson. “She will help us bring together crucial components of theological education and formation for the future church.”
As director of field education and formation, Oh will oversee a comprehensive field education program, direct the seminary’s spiritual formation program, provide worship resources for students, and serve as an academic advisor and pastoral leader.
“I am delighted to be joining the Bexley Seabury faculty to participate in forming future leaders of the Church,” Oh said. “I look forward to helping our students transition from the methodology and theology of the classroom to practical application in the mission field.
“The church of today and tomorrow requires creativity and curiosity; perhaps that really has been the case all along. Our ministry requires flexible creativity and incessant curiosity in order to appreciate where we are, who we are and how the Holy Spirit provides meaning to daily life.”
Oh has been a priest in the Diocese of Chicago and chaplain for the Oncology Department at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She has studied theology at Cambridge University in England and French literature at the Sorbonne, and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Illinois Wesleyan University. She lives with her partner, Melissa McNeill, and has two children and two grandchildren.