Rev. Jaehyoung (Jay) Choi is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Currently, Jay serves as a Missionary in Residence (MIR) at the headquarters of Global Ministries in Atlanta, GA, USA.
As an active missionary, the role of MIR is to be a liaison between Global Ministries and its missionaries both around the world and in the US. The work of MIR is pastoral, listening to and caring for missionaries directing their diverse concerns to Global Ministries, and organizational, advocating for missionaries.
Before coming to Atlanta, Jay was a missionary serving in the Philippines for 18 years. At first, he worked with the youth in the Philippines Annual Conference and later he taught at Union Theological Seminary and Wesley Divinity School, both in the Philippines. His passion has been sharing biblical and theological teaching on land justice and the mission of the church in the world full of suffering and groaning.
Jay finished Master of Divinity at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (PUTS) in Seoul, South Korea. Later, he earned Master of Science in Sociology at Asian Social Institute (ASI) and Master of Theology at Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST), both in Manila, Philippines. Due to his transition to Atlanta, he has been on a leave of absence from his doctoral study in church history at AGST.
A clergy of the Philippines Annual Conference, Jay is married to Rev. Eunha Kim (Grace Choi), also a missionary of Global Ministries, and they have two sons, Soohoon and Jihoon.