Byung Ho Choi

PhD Candidate | History & Ecumenics (World Christianity and History of Religions)

Byung Ho Choi
History & Ecumenics

Byung Ho Choi is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Ecumenics, with a concentration in World Christianity and history of religions. He holds a BA in global management from Handong Global University (Pohang, South Korea), a MDiv from the Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, South Korea), and a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary. His current research focuses on the indigenous expressions of Christianity found in Southeast Asia, particularly as found in the Muslim-dominant archipelagic nation of Indonesia. His dissertation examines Toraja Christianity that is practiced by the Sa’dan Toraja ethnic group that resides in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. His work analyzes the history of Christianity in Tana Toraja and how Toraja Christians express their faith indigenously through a series of Christianized Toraja practices—most particularly through their widely known funeral rituals. More broadly, his research and teaching interests include history of Christianity, issues of conversion and social identity, inter-religious (Christian–Muslim) dialogue, ecumenism, interculturality, anthropology of Christianity, and World Christianity.

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Associate Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND

Sylvia Bull, Class of 2015

“My field education placements lifted up my gifts for ordained ministry, and the dual-degree program helped me develop the skills for ministry.”