OUR TEAM MEMBER

YOUNG TAE CHOI
Arts Pastor
Founding Director of POIEO Centre

Young Tae Choi is an arts pastor, visual artist, and filmmaker. Currently he serves as Director of Poieo Centre alongside working as an assistant minister at Richmond Presbyterian Church. He is passionate about working at the intersection of art, ministry, and culture. He lives in Langley, B.C., with his wife Jenny Han and their daughter Claire. Young Tae loves the Triune God, his family, artists, Scripture, and ice cream.

Education

  • Diploma in Denominational Studies (Presbyterian Church in Canada), St. Andrew's Hall/VST at University of British Columbia, Canada (2016-2019)

  • Master of Divinity (Theology and the Arts), Regent College, Canada (2011-2017)

  • Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies, Regent College, Canada (2015)

  • B.F.A. Korea National University of Arts, South Korea (2002-2009)

Certificate

  • Certified for Marraige Commission, British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency (Jan. 2020)

  • Ordination and Induction. Richmond Presbyterian Church, the Westminster Presbytery, PCC (Sep. 30, 2019)

  • Certified for ordination. the Westminster Presbytery, PCC (Nov. 2018)

  • Leading with Care Certificate, the Westminster Presbytery, PCC (Nov. 2018)

  • Talent Lab, Fantastic Film School in NAFF (Network of Asia Fantastic Film), Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea (2009)

  • 대중문화이론, 청어람 아카데미, 한국 (2006)

Committee

  • The Co-chair of Create Moving Pictures Festival (2020-present)

  • The Chairperson of Missions Fest Vancouver Film Festival (2019-2020)

Arts Ministres

  • Passion Fruit, co-founder, Vancouver, BC (2013)

  • Shalom Art, Leader, K-Arts, Seoul (2005-2007)

Guest Speaker (Theology and the Arts)

  • Knox United Church, "The Loneliness and the Arts," Vancouver, BC (Mar 20, 2019)

  • Hebron Presbyterian Church, "Faith and Film," Langley, BC (2017. 11)

  • Grace Community Church, "Faith and Art," Surrey, BC (2013. 5)

  • Onnuri Community Church, "Faith and Art," Surrey, BC (2012. 5)

Church Ministries

  • Assistant Minister, Richmond Presbyterian Church, Richmond, BC. (Sep. 2019-present)

  • Bilble teacher, Worship Leader, Preacher, at Dunwood Place Seniors Complex, New Westminster, BC.  (2018. 4-present)

  • The Cyclical PCC, an assessment gathering, Vancouver, BC (Jan. 23-25, 2019)

  • Youth Alpha Film Group Leader, Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (2018. 5-6)

  • Director of Youth Ministry,  Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (Nov. 2014 - Aug. 2017)

  • Church planting Intern,  Origin Church, Vancouver, BC (2012-2013)

  • Leader, HRC (Hope Retreat Centre), South Korea (2005-2007)

  • Military Chaplain Assistant, The 631 Artillery in South Korea (2002-2004)

Guest Minister

  • Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (May 8/ Aug. 12, 19, 2018)

  • Knox Presbyterian Church, New Westminster, BC (July 8/Aug. 26, 2018; Jan. 6/Mar. 16/Apr.14/June 30/ Jul.14/Aug. 4, 11, 25. 2019)

  • City Centre Church, Surrey, BC (June 17/Aug. 5/Dec. 23, 2018; Apr. 7/May 12/June 23, 2019)

  • Vancouver Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (Aug. 19, 2018)

  • St. Paul's Simcoe Presbyterian Church, Simcoe, ON (Oct. 21, 2018)

  • Fairview Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (Jan. 27, 2019)

  • West Vancouver Presbyterian Church, Vancouver,  BC (Mar. 24, 2019)

  • Vancouver Korean Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, BC (Feb 17, 24/May 19, 2019)

  • St. Aidan's Presbyterian Church, New Westminster, BC (May 5,  2019)

  • Point Grey Inter Mennonite Fellowship, Vancouver, BC (Aug. 18, 2019)

  • Calvin Presbyterian Church, Abbotsford, BC (June 16/Jul. 7, 2019)

  • Richmond Presbyterian Church, Richimond, BC (June 23/July 21, 2019)

Visual Arts and Film Work

  • Sessional Art Instructor, Columbia Bible College, BC, Canada (Sep. 2020 - )

  • Drawing and Watercolour Workshop Instructor, Graduate Student Society of UBC (University of British Colombia), Vancouver, BC (2013.10-2014.10)

  • Watercolour Workshop Instructor, Regent College, Vancouver, BC (2014. 2)

  • Executive Art Director, POST-i, Seoul (2012-2013)

  • Summer Scenario and Storyboard Workshop Instructor, Busan Visual Art High School, Busan (2011. 5-8)

  • Summer Portfolio Workshop Instructor, Modago Art Institute, Busan (2011. 6-8)

  • Portfolio Workshop and Moving Image Studies Instructor, Composite Arts Academy, Seoul (2007-2010)

  • Drawing and Watercolor Workshop Instructor, Gogamdo Art Institute, Busan (2000-2002)

Art Exhibition

  • "A Reconciling Hope," Lookout Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2017) 

  • Square Foot Prayer Project,” Lookout Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2014)

  • Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Incheon Culture Gallery, Incheon, South Korea (2014)

  • Unfamiliarity,” Regent Prayer Chapel, Vancouver, BC (2014)

  • Awkward Harmony,” GlasMoog-MinusEins-Foyer Gallery, Germany (2009)

  • An Old Gym for Audience,” Korea National University of Arts, South Korea (2007)

  • Exciting Station,” Busan Subway Station, South Korea (2007)

  • Ichthus,” Kyungsung University, South Korea (2005)

Film Projects

  • Video recording, Soul Sustainability, Vancouver, BC (2015)

  • 3rd Assistant Director, “In Love and the War,” RG Entertainment feature film, 135min, Seoul (2011)

  • Co-producer, “The Reply Letter” – HD Short Film, Certainway Studio, 17min, NYC (2010)

  • Director / Producer / Writer / Editor, “Barnabas” – HD Commercial Short Film, 6min, South Korea (2010)

  • Director / Producer / Writer / Editor / 2nd Cinematography, “Jinwie” – HD Feature Documentary Film, 64min, South Korea (2009)

  • Art Director, “The Thorn Hearted” – HD Short Film, K-ARTS, 6min, South Korea (2009)

  • Assistant Director / Art Director / Sound Operator, “My Neighbor” – HDV Short Film, 13min, NYC (2009)

  • The 1st Associate Director, “Tap Tech Massager” – TV Infomercial Short Film, NEOARI Media, 9min, NYC (2008)

  • Director / Producer / Writer / Editor / Cinematography, “Screenplay” – DV Experimental Video, 2min, South Korea (2006)

  • Assistance Director / 2nd Cinematography, “The Grassland of Revelation” – HDV Documentary Film, Korea Arts Council, 38min, South Korea and Mongolia (2006)

  • Director / 2D Animator / Editor, “The Art Is“ – DV Short Animation, 4min, South Korea (2005)

  • Videographer, “Thailand” – DV Short mission trip video recording, Ppool Frame Studio, South Korea and Thailand (2005)

  • Videographer, “Indonesia” – DV Short mission trip video recording, Ppool Frame Studio, 11min, South Korea and Indonesia (2004)

Academic Conference

  • Paper presentated, "Arts Ministry beyond Sunday Worship Service," at Christian Witness in Cascadian Soil, Centre for Missional Leadership Academic Conference 2019 (May 10, 2019)

Publications

  • contribution, "Arts Ministry as a Missional Church," in Christian Witness in Cascadian Soil, edited by Ross A. Lockhart (Cascade Books, 2021)

  • contribution, "Good Friday, April 2," in SAH Lenten Devotion Guide, edited by Ross A. Lockhart (Cascade Books, 2021)

Press & Awards

  • The Ellis-Weston Award for excellence in Church History and Reformed Theology 2019 recipient (St. Andrew's Hall)

  • Dr. D.C. MacDonald Scholarship 2018 recipient

  • Be Painful” Press [Regent World] Jan 14th, 2014

  • In Love and the War” Released April 27th, 2011

  • The Reply Letter” The Tribeca Film Festival, Korea Independent Film “Winner” (2011)/ New Filmmakers, New York (2010)/ New York International Film Festival (2010)

  • "Jinwie,” The 10th Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea Feature Film Competition (2009)

  • The Thorn Hearted” Youefo (Online Korean Short Film Database) (2009)

  • Tap Tech Massager” Amazon.com: Health & Personal Care, eBay, etc/ Nationwide Channels in NYC

  • Screenplay” The 14th Independent Film and Video Makers’ Forum, “Selected Choice” (2009)/ Youefo (2009)

  • The Grassland of Revelation” Arts Council Korea (2006)

Short Term Mission

  • Philippine (2007, 1)

  • Vietnam (2007, 7)

  • Thailand (2005, 7)

  • Indonesia (2004,  5)

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