Southwestern Seminary annually bestows its highest honor, the B.H. Carroll Award, around Founder’s Day, March 14. This award is given to individuals or couples who have made significant contributions to continue the vision of the seminary’s founder, B.H. Carroll. The 2009 recipient, David Moon, was honored at a special luncheon on Thursday, March 12.

Moon is the founder of the Sam Moon Group, a Korean company that owns 10 branch enterprises including Sam Moon Trading, Inc., a Texas-based retail store that has become one of the state’s premiere shopping destinations. As part of this group, Moon also implemented the Sam Moon Scholarship Foundation.  This scholarship provides funding to help Koreans and Korean-Americans pursuing higher education to become the next generation of servant leaders in both the mainstream and Korean communities.

Seminary president Paige Patterson went to Korea for the first time at age 16, and he said, “I’ve had the world on my heart since then.” Partially due to Moon’s generosity, Patterson has had the privilege to help bring Korea to Southwestern. 

Moon sets aside 50 percent of the $1 million endowed specifically for Baptist ministerial students. Over the last nine years, the Korean and Korean-American student population at Southwestern Seminary has nearly tripled. More than 120 Southwestern students have benefited from this generous foundation, including Dongsun Cho, who is now an assistant professor of historical theology.

Moon said receiving the B.H. Carroll Award filled him “with joy and appreciation” but acknowledged that he was not the “sole recipient. I give the honor back to God.”

Moon currently serves as a deacon and sings in the choir at the New Song Church of Dallas. He and his wife, Insun Kim, immigrated to the United States in 1971. They have three grown children: Samuel, Susie and Daniel.