Born and raised in South Korea, Dr. S. Michael Ahn immigrated to the United States in 1997 for further theological education. In addition to a long span of learning and research, he brings to Golden Gate many years of ministry experience as pianist, music minister and pastor in Virginia, Kentucky and Texas. Before he joined Golden Gate, the church he served as senior pastor in Texas underwent substantial growth during his service.
Ahn has taught as adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, he has been dean of American Theological Institute, which seeks to evangelize the French-speaking Western Africa through training pastors and planting churches in the region.
Ahn has presented a paper for the Society of Biblical Literature and has published reviews in Themelios and Review of Biblical Literature. His book, The Christological Witness Function of the Old Testament Characters in the Gospel of John in Paternoster Biblical Monographs Series was published from a British-based publisher, Paternoster in June 2014. Investigating into potential connection between the early Jewish messianism and the Johannine Christology, his contribution sheds light into the narrative function of the Jewish messianic protagonists of the Gospel of John.
His 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.
His professional affiliation is with The Evangelical Theological Society and The Society of Biblical Literature as a member and with The Institute for Biblical Research as a fellow. He is also serving on the translation committee for the Oxford English Version, an update of the English Revised Version (1881), which is in preparation to be distributed to the chaplains and armed forces in the United Kingdom and the United States.
He and his wife, Judy, have a daughter.