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.
“Through my field education placement at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey, I discovered my gift to minister to all age groups.”