Born and raised in South Korea, Dr. S. Michael Ahn immigrated to the United States in 1997 for further theological education. He pastored in Kentucky and Texas, and under his pastoral leadership, a small church in Arlington, Texas experienced a substantial revival.
From 2009 through 2012, he has been an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ahn’s book, The Christological Function of the Old Testament Characters in John’s Gospel, investigates the relationship between the Johannine Christology and the messianism of the Second Temple Judaism. It will be published from a British-based publisher, Paternoster, through their Paternoster Biblical Monographs Series, in the spring of 2014.
Ahn’s research interest includes the synoptic problem, the Gospel of John, the relationship between the New and the Old Testaments, the messianism in the second temple period, and the Biblical Greek language.
He is affiliated with academic organizations as members of The Evangelical Theological Society and The Society of Biblical Literature, and as a fellow of The Institute for Biblical Research.
He is also serving on the translation committee for the Oxford English Version. This newly translated Bible from the original languages will be distributed to the chaplains and armed forces in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Ahn’s passion extends beyond academia to the mission field, especially in the French speaking West Africa. Since 2011, he has been academic dean of American Theological Institute, which seeks to evangelize Western Africa through training pastors and planting churches in the region.
He and his wife, Judy, have a daughter. They like to spend time together in the scenic places of Southern California.