Meet the Chaplain

I have the privilege of serving as the university chaplain of Seattle Pacific University. In this role, I lead the Office of University Ministries, which oversees the worship, discipleship, and reconciliation ministries at SPU. In addition, I coordinate ministry efforts across campus, work to integrate faith and academics, and collaborate with off-campus ministry partners.

Bo Lim

SPU is a special place. It’s a special place for me because it’s where I get to fully live into my passions for Christian ministry, cultural engagement, and intellectual curiosity. At its best, the University allows people to engage the totality of the human experience and equip them to live faithfully into a myriad of vocations. What I love about Seattle Pacific University is that I can do all of this all with my faith fully engaged. There is no classroom, event, or activity at SPU where we tell people to park their faith at the door. Here we believe that if Christ is Lord of all, then God ought to affect all that we do.

What I have just described wasn’t my own college experience. I attended a large public university and was heavily involved in a college ministry at a local church during that time. I am grateful for my experiences, but there was little cohesion between what was happening in the classroom and what was happening at church. I didn’t have mentors to help bring together the spiritual, intellectual, and vocational aspects of my life. So I’m thrilled to be at SPU, where University Ministries pastors partner with professors, staff, and student leaders for holistic formation.

Seattle Pacific is also special because of its community of faculty, staff, and students. It is a different kind of community than what one will find most anywhere else. It is more diverse ethnically, generationally, socially, and vocationally than a local church. Yet it is also a community that is committed to serving Christ, so there is a sense of unity amidst this diversity. Many of my closest friends are here at SPU and have helped me to more faithfully follow Christ. Even those I don’t personally know share with me a common identity and mission.

My prayer is that SPU will be a special place for you too — where you encounter God, experience community, and find direction and empowerment for a lifetime of devotion to Christ. I invite you to connect with us at University Ministries so that SPU might be this place for you.


Bo Lim
University Chaplain

Opening Communion service 2014

Prior to serving as the University Chaplain, Bo Lim served as a professor in SPU’s School of Theology from 2006-14. Before that he pastored Korean-American congregations in Northern California and taught at North Park University. He is the author of The ‘Way of the LORD’ in the Book of Isaiah (T&T Clark), and a commentary on the book of Hosea (Eerdmans), which he co-authored with Daniel Castelo. He also contributed to A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible (Baker), and has written SPU’s Lectio commentary on the Book of Isaiah. Lim is a licensed minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and is currently in the process of being ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament. He is married and the father of three children. His hobbies include biking, competing in road races and triathlons, camping, and taking long road trips with his family.