Author Richard Foster to honor Dr. Joshua Choonmin Kang with 2023 Spiritual Formation Award

August 10, 2023

Dr. Joshua Choonmin Kang

NEWBERG, Ore. (August 10, 2023) – Renowned Christian author and teacher Richard J. Foster will present an award in his name to pastor and fellow author Dr. Joshua Choonmin Kang at a special September gathering on the campus of George Fox University.

George Fox will welcome Foster, a 1964 alumnus, to its Newberg campus to present the award to Dr. Kang at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the university’s Canyon Commons dining hall. The presentation will be followed by Kang’s lecture, “Deep-Rooted in Christ.” He will deliver his talk in Korean, but will have a translator with him. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The Richard J. Foster Award in Spiritual Formation, first presented in 2022, is an opportunity to recognize both established and rising figures whose work continues in the spirit of Foster himself. A selection committee selected Dr. Kang as the 2023 recipient.

The award honors those whose intellectual and practical work helps others come into an ongoing transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. The university’s Portland Seminary, School of Theology, and Office of Spiritual Life helped make the honor possible.

Kang is the founding pastor of New Life Vision Church in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. He is a speaker and has written books such as Deep-Rooted in Christ and Scripture by Heart. He is also the author of more than 80 books in Korean, including Solitude of a Leader, with over 1.5 million copies in print.

Foster is an expert on spiritual formation – the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ for the glory of God and for the sake of others. He earned his undergraduate degree from George Fox and his doctor of pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He is best known for his 1978 book, Celebration of Discipline, which examines spiritual disciplines such as meditation, prayer, fasting, study, solitude, confession and worship. It was named by Christianity Today as one of the top 10 books of the 20th century.

George Fox University is classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University.” More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Oregon, and at teaching centers in Portland and Redmond, Oregon. George Fox offers 60 undergraduate academic programs, degree-completion programs for working adults, and 20 master’s and doctoral degrees.


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