Getting to Know Dr. Jin Young Choi

Choi1A native of South Korea, Dr. Jin Young Choi represents a new generation of New Testament scholarship that is attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity globally.

She defended her doctoral dissertation in June in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University (just after giving this interview) and will begin teaching at CRCDS this coming fall.

We sat down with Dr. Choi during a visit she made to the Hill in May.

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Leading Wesley Scholar Opens New Wesleyan Doctoral Path

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Dr. John R. Tyson
Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies

Dr. John R. Tyson, Professor of Church History and Director of United Methodist Studies, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Heitzenrater–the foremost scholar on the life and thought of the 18th century preacher John Wesley–will be teaching a doctoral level course in June 2014.

A new D.Min. concentration

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Dr. Richard Heitzenrater
William Kellon Quick Professor Emeritus of Church History and Wesley Studies at the Divinity School of Duke University

Dr. Heitzenrater will launch the new D.Min. in Transformative Leadership with a Concentration in Methodist and Wesleyan Studies (learn more here), a project that Dr. Tyson has brought to fruition over the past year. The course, entitled "The Sayings of John Wesley for Today," will take place from June 9-13, 2014. It is open to current D.Min. students, new students on the program, auditors, and Continuing Education students seeking CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

About the CRCDS D.Min. Program

The D.Min. (Doctor of Ministry) Program at CRCDS includes two week-long intensives each year. Students come to the Hill in January or June and work closely with faculty or visiting professors through seminars and coursework.

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in enrolling or would like more information, please contact Melissa Morral or Dr. John R. Tyson.

Unite Rochester Visit to *Ministry on the Margins* Class Sparks Conversation

mooreclass1Last Wednesday, Jane Sutter, Editor of Community Partnerships / Niche Content at The Democrat and Chronicle, attended Barbara Moore's class "Ministry on the Margins."

The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.

Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.

New Testament Scholar Jin Young Choi Joins World-class Faculty at CRCDS

Jin Young Choi appointed as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

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Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Dr. Stephanie L. Sauvé, Vice President for Academic Life and Dean of the Faculty, announces the appointment of Jin Young Choi as Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Ms. Choi joins a world-class faculty who offer a relevant, global and energized theological perspective at a time when the church–and theological education–is in great transition.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Choi represents a new generation of New Testament scholarship that is attuned not only to the local church, but also to the life of Christianity internationally. By weaving biblical narrative together with diverse interpretative threads, her work illumines the interplay of economics, gender relations, political and religious power. Ms. Choi's appointment affirms longstanding commitments of the Divinity School while opening new pathways into a prophetic future.

Described as "collegial, dialogic in style and engaging" by Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, John Price Crozer Professor of Theology, Ms. Choi was most recently a fellow in the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Funded in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, this program is uniquely focused on linking theological academic work with training in the arts of congregational ministry. She is a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament and Early Christianity at Vanderbilt University and her doctoral dissertation is entitled, "Understanding as the Embodiment of Mystery in the Gospel of Mark."

A talented, interdisciplinary scholar with a practical focus, Ms. Choi holds a Master of Theology from Emory University (2005), a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Ewha Women's University in Seoul, South Korea, (1998) and a Master of Divinity from Presbyterian Theological College and Seminary (1995), also in Seoul. Her article, “Misunderstanding of Jesus’ Disciples in Mark,” is included in Mark: Texts @ Context (Fortress, 2010). Ms. Choi taught foundational courses in New Testament at both Vanderbilt University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She has published a number of Bible study books and lectionary resources for church leaders and lay people in the United States and South Korea.

Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School celebrates Ms. Choi's appointment and eagerly awaits her arrival to the Hill.

New Satellite Course to Be Offered in Buffalo, NY

CRCDS will now offer two courses remotely  during the 2013/2014 Academic Year. One course shall be taught each term at First Shiloh Baptist Church in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a mid-point break for prayer and reflection.

  • Place: First Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Where: Buffalo, New  York
  • When: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm during the 2013 / 2014 Academic Year

In the Fall term our President and Professor of Church Leadership Dr. Marvin A. McMickle will teach “Preaching On Contemporary Questions: From Social Issues to Public Policy.”

In the Spring term past President and Robert K. Davies, Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. James Evans will teach “Thurman, King and the life Of the Spirit.”

Contact Melissa Morral, Vice President for Enrollment Services, at 585-340-9633 or mmorral@crcds.edu to enroll.