Historical Contributions of Canadian Missionaries in Korea

Date(s) - November 23, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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This year marks the 60th Anniversary of official diplomatic ties between the Republic of Korea and Canada, a relationship that has its roots in the selfless work of Canadian missionaries in Korea. Well before the official commencement of our diplomatic relations in 1963, these early missionaries achieved monumental feats, which transcended the bounds of their religious practices, and paved the way for collaboration, understanding, and mutual respect between our two countries.

As we celebrate this milestone year in Korea-Canada relations, we invite you to join us for a special seminar presentation, which aims to shed light on the incredible legacies of Canada’s earliest missionaries to Korea—one of the oldest links that bind Korea and Canada together.

Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts is honoured to host this event in close collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto. Following the seminar, attendees are also invited to join us for a complimentary Korean meal as a gesture of our appreciation and to foster further discussion.


John A. Egger Emm 1T5 was born and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, a master’s degree in theological studies at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon, and a PhD in New Testament at the Toronto School of Theology. After serving in a variety of educational ministries in churches in Canada, he served The United Church of Canada as ecumenical co-worker in mission in the General Assembly Office of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea from September 2018 until January 2023. He is currently serving as Minister of Social Justice for the three Western Ontario Regional Councils of The United Church of Canada.

Hae-Bin Jung Emm 0T4 was born in South Korea and graduated from Hanshin University where he earned his BTh and MDiv degrees. He was ordained in 1998 by the Presbyterian Church in the Republic Korea (P.R.O.K.) which has a mutual partnership with The United Church of Canada. He came to Canada in 2001, studied MTS at Emmanuel College and was admitted to The United Church of Canada in 2008. Having served Meadowvale Korean United Church and Alpha Korean United Church for 20 years, he is now serving Wesley Mimico United Church in Toronto. He is also serving the Committee on Asian/North American Asian Theologies (CANAAT) at Emmanuel College and the Pension Board of The United Church of Canada. In various areas, he strives to enrich the United Church with his lived experience and to engage issues with a particular lens of diversity.

David Kim-Cragg Emm 9T9 is a United Church minister, a sessional lecturer at Emmanuel College in Toronto and a freelance writer. He has a PhD in history from the University of Saskatchewan with specializations in East Asian, Canadian, and Indigenous history. His first book entitled Water from Dragon’s Well (McGill-Queen’s UP 2022) is a history of the relationship between the Canadian and Korean church. He has published in scholarly journals on the topic of mission history and Indigenous-settler relations. He recently received an Award of Merit from the Church Press Association for an article in Broadview covering the history of residential schools in The United Church of Canada. He lives with his partner and two adult children in Toronto, is a cyclist and avid user of public transport and loves to get out of the city to hike or canoe.

Patti Talbot has served as national staff of The United Church of Canada for 30 years. She currently leads the United Church’s Global Partnerships team, with direct responsibility for mission partnerships in northeast Asia.



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