Mission, Statement of Faith and History
International Reformed University and Seminary is an institution of biblical higher education, whose mission is to prepare members of the faith community in Northern American region including Los Angeles and further throughout the world, for service as future and lay leaders not only in Korean immigrant churches in the world but also in all the churches of God. This preparation is to train men and women who are approved workmen who do not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handle the word of the truth so that they may exert themselves in developing themselves to God.
Higher Education Access: IRUS will provide access to higher education for all church members of immigrant community. IRUS recognizes that learning is a life-long process and thus will make education more accessible and affordable.
Our Communities and Church Growth: IRUS will foster collaborative relationships that facilitate partnering for mutual success, being affiliated with churches in denominations to nurture church leaders.
Quality Academic Services: IRUS will provide the quality teaching and learning focused on academic achievement and personal and professional growth and utilize appropriate technologies to advance programs, services and operations to support teaching and learning.
Practical Ministry Readiness: IRUS will offer high-quality degree programs and will deliver them in a manner that prepares graduates to put their biblical knowledge and theology into practice.
Statement of Faith
IRUS believes that the Scriptures, both Old and New, are the inspired Word of God and the only inerrant authority for Christian faith and life. We hold that Reformed theology as set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms is the system of truth taught in Scripture.
International Reformed University & Seminary was established by immigrant pastors from Korea’s biggest congregation, Korean Presbyterian Church, who inherited the spirit of the Presbyterian Church in order to educate pastors and Christian educators. IRUS began in September 1977 as Reformed Presbyterian Seminary, under the leadership of Rev. John E. Kim as the first president of the Seminary, Rev. Jin Tae Lee was the first Academic Dean, Rev. Sang Keon Lee and Dr. Michael De Vries served as faculty members.
In 1987, IRUS received from California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Vocational Education (BPPVE, a predecessor agency of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education) the authority to issue B.A., M.A., M.Div., D.Min. degrees and Child Care Director and Teacher Certificates. The institution was approved by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement to accept and enroll international students in 1997.
On February 28, 2007, IRUS bought a new school building and moved to its current location at 125 S. Vermont Ave.
IRUS was accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education on February 2013. IRUS was approved to offer Bachelors, Masters, and Master of Divinity degrees in February 2013 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in February 2014. In November 2014, IRUS was approved to offer the ESL program and new degree programs, Bachelor of Arts in Church Music, Master of Arts in Church Music, and Master of Arts in Counseling in February 2016 by ABHE.
ABHE is a national institutional accrediting agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education.
The oldest Korean-language theological institution in America, IRUS has played a significant role in the remarkable expansion of Korean churches in the United States and in global missionary.
Dr. Hun Sung Park serves as the current president and Dr. Oon Young Lee serves as the current chairman of the board.