Rev. Jae Hyoung Choi, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is assigned to the Philippines and is serving at Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines. His work is with the Center for Geocentric Ministries of the seminary where issues on land justice and ecology are researched and taught.
Union Theological Seminary is an ecumenical theological formation center which was founded in 1907 and is jointly sponsored by The United Methodist Church (UMC) and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). The Center for Geocentric Ministries develops training programs on theological understanding of land and educates both church workers and lay people so that all will be just and faithful stewards of God to all creation.
Jay shares, “Although it has been dealt partially by social sciences like political economy and sociology, land stands at the core of God’s salvation history. Church and theology should realize the importance of land to make the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ truly relevant in this postmodern, postcolonial and globalized mission context.” As a member of the Henry George Association, Jay believes, “Justice on land will be the most powerful and Christian way to cure the endemic diseases like poverty, moral depravity and other social problems, and this mission is given to God’s church.”
A native of Dae Gu, Korea, Jay earned a B.A. in economics from Young Nam University in Dae Gu and an M.Div from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kwang Naru, Seoul, and was ordained in 2003. He is presently writing a thesis on a Philippines land issue for his Master of Science in Sociology at Asian Social Institute in Manila.
Jay served as a volunteer missionary after graduating from college. He also served as treasurer of the Bethel Missionary Training Ministries and volunteer missionary to Cardona Bethel UMC, Morong Bethel UMC, and Kasile UMC - all in the Philippines (1994-1996).
After his commissioning as a GBGM missionary, Jay's first assignment was as youth adviser for the Philippines Annual Conference (PAC) for 7 years (2002-2008).
A full member of the Philippines Annual Conference, Jay is married to Rev. Grace Choi, also a Global Ministries missionary, and they are the parents of two sons, Soo Hoon and Ji Hoon.
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