Jiho Choi and his spouse travelled to Shawnee from Venezuela where he has begun a campus ministry and is starting a college. His interest is in cultural ministry – music and art , which he taught in Korea before he began his mission work. Choi was the worship leader for the Global Baptist Church in Seoul, Korea – a church of over 30,000 members and probably the largest Baptist church in the world. His father was one of the pioneers of Baptist work in Korea as a church planter and pastor. Choi has expressed how appreciative he is of the scholarship provided by Central, as it would have been very difficult for him to pursue this degree otherwise. His mission work is not subsidized by his former congregation, nor denomination, so he has to raise the support for his ministry.
Hartsfields Receive Award
Central Seminary Faculty Awarded for Making a Difference
Central Seminary Professors Dr. Amy Harris-Hartsfield and Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II received the Difference Maker of the Year Award from the Urban League of Greater Kansas City at a luncheon on December 5, 2013. The award for distinguished leadership in community service spotlights the Hartsfields’ stellar service and highlights the importance of education and economic development in strengthening urban communities. Central Baptist Theological Seminary joins the Urban League in celebrating the accomplishments of the Hartsfields, both of whom serve on the faculty of the seminary.
The mission of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City is to enable African Americans and other disadvantaged persons to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. They honor civic and community leaders, public servants, philanthropists, and corporate executives for their signal efforts to challenge the status quo, lead change, and improve the quality of life for minorities and others.
The Hartsfields’ have led Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Wallace S. Hartsfield II is the pastor, in several projects to address issues of depression, physical and mental health, and the academic and civic development of youth. The projects target the community where the church is located, and the Hartsfields have helped to secure grants of over $150,000 total to fund the work.
Dean of the Seminary Dr. Robert E. Johnson commended the Hartsfields for their work in the community:
Central Seminary is proud to claim Dr. Amy Hartsfield and Dr. Wallace Hartsfield, not only as valued members of our faculty, but also as persons who model Central’s goal to train leaders who will be equipped for the work of strengthening urban communities. As Dean, I applaud the Urban League’s recognition of the Hartsfields for their distinguished work strengthening the quality of life in Kansas City’s urban communities. Their labors in those contexts bring valuable experience and insight to their work as theological educators. I wish to congratulate them for their outstanding accomplishments!