Kim Sang Rae, president of Sahmyook University, presents Miriam Yun-Welch with a Doctorate of Ministry diploma as Jong-Keun Lee, dean of the School of Theology, watches. Photo courtesy of Jong-Keun Lee


Andrew McChesney

News Editor – Adventist Review

Legally Blind but a Vision for Service

First woman gets an Adventist Doctor of Ministry degree in South Korea.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship university in South Korea had to be convinced to change its policy to accept Miriam Sunmee Yun-Welch into its Graduate School of Theology.

The problem wasn’t the fact that Yun-Welch was legally blind. Nor was it that her health was fragile, or that she had attempted suicide three times years earlier. It was that she was a woman—and no woman had ever received a doctorate from Sahmyook University’s Graduate School of Theology.

Yun-Welch made history in February by graduating with a Doctor of Ministry degree, a milestone that she hopes will encourage other Asian women to pursue …

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