We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jin Young Choi, Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins, has accepted the position of the Baptist Missionary Training School (BMTS) Professorial Chair. Effective July 1, she will hold the title, Baptist Missionary Training School Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins. Dr. Choi is the first person of Asian descent to be promoted to full professor at CRCDS, making this a truly historic moment in the CRCDS community.
About the BMTS Professorial Chair
The BMTS Professorship was established in 1996, the first fully-endowed chair at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
The chair honors the rich legacy brought to the divinity school by the Baptist Missionary Training School, which opened in 1881 to prepare young women for Christian mission work, whether home or foreign. In 1961, the BMTS moved to Rochester to dedicate its resources to prepare women for pastoral ministry. The chair, therefore, also honors the foresight of the women who led BMTS and the unfailing faithfulness of their support of the divinity school. The first person to hold the chair was Professor Werner Lemke, who retired.
Dr. Choi shared this, “I am immensely honored to be appointed as the Baptist Missionary Training School Professorial Chair. BMTS’s legacy of forming women leaders across ecclesial, cultural, and geographical boundaries has been a critical part of CRCDS’s identity. I’m deeply grateful for this affirmation that strengthens my sense of vocation and commitment as a dedicated biblical scholar and theological educator even more.”
Join us in congratulating Dr. Choi!