John C. Kim, Ph.D.


Dr. John C. Kim is the founder of Jesus Awakening Movement for America (JAMA) & founder and president of Global Leadership Development Institute (GLDI). He is Professor Emeritus of International Business and Management at California State University, Monterey Bay. He was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and received the highest honor (Edith R. Bullock’s Prize for Excellence) from the University of Alaska Statewide System. He has also served as a Special Assistant to the governors of Alaska and has taught at universities, including Pepperdine University, for four decades. Dr. Kim has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young people in the U.S. and internationally, calling on Christians to pray for spiritual awakening and healing for America and the world and equipping young people to be transforming ambassadors for Christ. He is married to the love of his life, Sarah, and together they have two grown children, Sharon (married to Edward) and Paul (married to Jenny) and five grandchildren, Mark, Grace, Noelle, Lucy, and John.


Ms. Mimi Song


Ms. Mimi Song is the Founder of Mimi Song Realty Group, Inc. (“MSRG”), a commercial real estate brokerage company in Ontario, CA. MSRG was a franchise of Sperry Van Ness, one of the largest real estate brokerage firms in the U.S. She has made her mark in real estate by becoming a valued resource and consultant for regional developers, publically and privately held residential construction companies, land developers, and investment firms. Her excellence in providing opportunities to developers has made her #1 in the Sperry Van Ness nationwide network for four consecutive years. She was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the State of CA’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders American Affairs  ( has also served on the board of the California Museum (See Ms. Song is a sponsor of Reprogramming Foundation, an organization responsible for building two agricultural schools in Sakhalin Island and Vladivostok in the Russian Federation. These programs help facilitate the Korean Diaspora of juveniles within the region to understand their ancestry and heritage. She recently received an honorary doctorate degree from Asia Life University in Korea for her service to the community. As co-founder of the Global Leadership Development Institute, she works with Dr. John C. Kim to develop future leaders. Ms. Song also serves as a Vice Chairwoman for Global Korean Network Foundation, is a board member of Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation (, and is one of the Board of Directors of Overseas Korean Traders Association Southern California (“OKTA S.C.”).


Dr. Benjamin C. Shin

Dean of Faculty/Co-Founder

Dr. Benjamin C. Shin is a co-founder of Global Leadership Development Institute (GLDI) and an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Talbot School of Theology. He has served in the ministry as a pastor, parachurch leader, and professor for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of UCLA, Talbot School of Theology, and Dallas Theological Seminary. His vision and passion includes mentoring leaders, rebuilding churches, and teaching the Word of God. His interests include Asian ministry and theology and helping the Church have impact in the world. He is married to his wonderful bride, Jen, and has two sons, Adam and Zachary.