Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus Paul Kim was elected president of the Baptist Convention of New England during the convention’s annual meeting Nov. 10-11. The BCNE is comprised of six New England states.

Kim is the first non-Anglo to hold the post and the first Korean to be elected to the presidency of a Baptist state convention nationwide. Named a Southwestern Seminary distinguished alumnus in 2004 for his work in church planting, Kim (MDiv 1976, MRE 1979, MARE 1983) also serves as a trustee with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Kim’s ministry began with the foundation of Berkland Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif., and moved east when he and other church members felt called to plant a church in the heart of Boston’s university community. As president, he said he hopes to plant more churches among students.

“I want to focus on church planting,” Kim said. “There are six states represented in the convention, but only 241 churches. By doing church planting in the area, we will focus on campus ministry among the university community.”

Kim preached in chapel at Southwestern Seminary Sept. 27, explaining the model of Team Church Planting, a process in which a half dozen or dozen team members plant churches with the support of other churches.

Kim said he anticipates a heavy workload, but that he is “excited and honored to serve in this capacity.”