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OUR TEAM MEMBER

YOUNG TAE CHOI
Founding Director & President
POIEO Centre

I grew up in South Korea. I fell in love with Hollywood movies (e.g., Star Wars) and Japanese graphic novels (e.g., Dragon Ball) in my early childhood. This love of entertaining stories led me to study and work in filmmaking and visual arts-making for two decades, including teaching art students in several art institutions in S. Korea and Canada. Creative projects that I've helped to shape and produce have been widely shown around the world.
 
In my 30s, I sought to reconcile my professional career with my faith as part of a deep reconsideration of my identity. I completed a Master of Divinity program, with a concentration in the Arts, and have subsequently served diverse faith communities for the past decade, including chairing the Missions Fest Vancouver Film Festival.

 

Today, I see myself as an interdisciplinary creative pastor who is passionate about working at the intersection of art, ministry, and culture. I seriously care about wandering artists (as I used to be one myself), wounded local communities (in which I continue to participate), and a broken cultural ecosystem (through which I've been shaped). For that reason, I seek a sustainable creative life, nurturing the vocation of artists with a strong conviction that art-making has transformative power to make society beautiful.


When not at work, I love to eat good food with my family and to enjoy culture by watching slow, poetic movies (e.g., Terrence Malick) as well as emotional K-dramas, swimming, reading NT exegetical commentaries, and designing wedding bouquets. I live in Langley, BC, with my lovely wife, Jenny, and our sweet daughter, Claire.

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Poieo Centre acknowledges with humble gratitude that our site is located on the traditional unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and the Sto:lo First Nations.

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