“Go beyond the Walls (Joshua 6:20)” is the Kwon’s’ theme.
After experiencing repentance and eternal salvation in 1998, Dr. Donghwan (Bill) Kwon obeyed the call of God to go into full-time ministry. After, ten years of fruitful ministry at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (APNTS) and the on Philippine field, the Kwon’s again responded in obedience as God asked them to go beyond their comfort zone.
In July 2014, Dr. Bill Kwon began serving as the Myanmar country coordinator for the Southeast Asia field and on January 24, 2015, he was appointed as the District Superintendent of the Myanmar District. His goal is to work to transform individuals, plant churches, and multiply disciples and leaders in the country of Myanmar. His vision with Myanmar is to make 200 disciples who will make disciples and plant 200 churches by 2020.
This is a vision that can only be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer and obedience. The Myanmar district had been a phase 1 district for 30 years; now it is a phase 2 district, gave birth to another phase 2 district, and plant the Central Myanmar Pioneer area. Now there are 65 churches and around 80 active ministers in the four districts in Myanmar.
In addition to field ministry, Dr. Kwon was elected as the 6th chancellor of Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (SEANBC) in August 2015. The goal of SEANBC is to educate 600 students in 20 learning centers across Southeast Asia by 2020.
By God’s grace SEANBC has surpassed that goal by simultaneously growing and multiplying having grown to 792 students studying in 41 learning centers in mainland Southeast Asia. In February 2019, SEANBC was renamed Chapman International College (CIC) in order to reflect the school’s expanded vision and enable the school to offer education in creative access areas. Chapman is already set to offer liberal arts programs in Myanmar.
In addition to these ministries, Dr. Bill Kwon became a church planter for the Myanmar diaspora community in Thailand. As of 2019, four churches have been planted in the Bangkok area and two more are soon to be established. Furthermore, he is also working with 12 churches throughout the USA and New Zealand.
The Kwon’s have four children, two girls, and two boys. Their eldest daughter Yihyun is in her 2nd year of college. Their son Minki is finishing the 12th grade. Their son Minjae and daughter Geumju are in the 7th and 4th grades at the International Community School of Bangkok.