Ministry Staff

Rev. T. Timothy Chen, Interim Pastor

Rev. T. Timothy Chen was born in China, grew up in Taiwan, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1967. He obtained his B.S. in mathematics from National Taiwan University (1966), M.S., and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago (1969, 72). He worked full-time in statistical and medical research for 30 years in academia, industry, and government (National Cancer Institute).

He was born in a Christian family but became a skeptic during his high school and college years. During the first year of his graduate study in Chicago, by God's grace, he returned to his childhood faith. He studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS, Fort Worth, TX) part-time and received his M.Div. degree in 1989. He resigned from his position as a full professor at the University of Maryland Medical School in 2001 and studied in Ph.D. programs at SWBTS for three years. He was the Chinese pastor of St. Louis Chinese Gospel Church for 4 years, the Mandarin pastor of the Chinese Christian Church of New Jersey (Parsippany) for 5 years, and the pastor of Grace Chinese Christian Church of Greater Memphis for 5 years. He received a Ph.D. in theology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Cordova, TN) in 2018. He married Meei-ming Li fifty-one years ago, and they have two grown sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

David Choi, Youth Pastor

Pastor David is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and is the proud son of Korean immigrants. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Duke University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology from Wheaton College, and then his Master of Arts in Religion, with a concentration in Theology and Ethics, from Yale University.

Pastor David’s heart for youth ministry stems from his own spiritual upbringing. At a small Korean-American church back home in Chicago, Pastor David encountered Christ for the first time as a youth group student. It was through the faithful ministry of his youth pastor, and other key mentors, that he experienced the genuine grace of Jesus Christ in his own life.

In youth ministry, Pastor David’s desire is for his students to truly know that God loves them by pointing them to the cross. Practically, his ministry seeks the holistic formation of disciples, through bible studies, creative liturgy, and outreach. And he seeks to build up leaders for God’s kingdom by cultivating and utilizing the gifts of individuals within the church.

Emily Cui, Campus Minister