Church Planting Catalyst
James Choi, as church planting catalyst for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, will assist with coaching and training church planters. Like his predecessor, Robert Kim, who retired in 2016, Choi also seeks to develop strong relationships with the convention’s Asian churches.
Choi has been a member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., since 2015, when he participated in a pastoral internship under Dr. Mark Dever, president of 9Marks Ministry. Through it, he gained a “robust ecclesiology” and an appreciation for building healthy biblical churches and raising up leaders for the next generation, particularly in the Asian-American church.
For over 7 years, Choi served as an associate pastor, primarily ministering to English-speaking second generation Korean-Americans at Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md., after serving churches in Texas in worship and youth ministry.
Ordained as Southern Baptist minister in November 2011 at Global Mission Church, Choi holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, focused on researching and developing a helpful resource for next generation pastors to help establish healthy churches.
He and his wife, Jeri, have two children.
Send City Missionary, Baltimore
Dan Hyun, pastor of The Village Church in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, as a church planting catalyst for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, will assist with coaching and training church planters.
Hyun was raised in the greater Philadelphia area, receiving degrees in speech communication from Penn State University and a master of divinity degree and a doctor of ministry degree in urban missiology at Biblical Theological Seminary.
In 2008, he was privileged to lead a team of 11 from Grace Life Church, Baltimore, to start The Village Church “with dreams of making God famous through a diverse and multicultural expression of the Kingdom of God.”
“We didn’t start off with everything that a successful church plant should have but God has been so faithful,” shared Hyun. “Even through all the ups and downs, we’ve seen God move in mighty ways.”
Accordingly, Hyun hopes his experiences will help the next generations of church planters as they seek to reach their communities for Christ.
An avid writer, Hyun regularly shares his thoughts at LifewayPastors.com. Speaking also is a passion for Hyun, as he leads others on issues including leadership, urban ministry, justice, and church planting. In particular, he founded and directs an annual Ethnos Conference to lead the Church in conversations about multicultural mission and reconciliation.
He and his wife, Judie, have two daughters.