Dr. Elise JeeYoon Choi joined FUMC The Colony in October 2018. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Elise has over twenty-five years of experience working for church, community, children’s, and college choirs and orchestras. She has served as Director of Music Ministries at both large and small churches in Boston, New Jersey, Cincinnati, and South Carolina. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from Boston University, a Master of Theological Studies (summa cum laude) from SMU Perkins School of Theology, a Master of Music in Organ Performance (with honors) from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music (with distinction) from Ewha Women’s University. Currently she is working on a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Choi founded and served as artistic director of the Bach Festival of Charleston and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Limestone College. She also taught organ at Boston University; served as rehearsal pianist for the University Chorale at Boston College and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble; served as a faculty member for the Pipe Organ Encounter Plus in Charleston; and currently serves as a member of the board of the Dallas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Choi has performed concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Hong Kong, and Europe; has won several organ competitions; and has received several music awards.
Boston has been in The United Methodist Church her entire life. She grew up in Princeton, Texas and graduated high school in 2011. After graduation, Boston attended Collin College, where she completed her Associates of Arts Degree. She continued her education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University majoring in Communications with a minor in Psychology, graduating last year with her Bachelors of Arts. Currently, Boston attends Brite Divinity School at TCU where she is working towards her Masters in Divinity.
Boston received her call into ministry over 5 years ago and feels called to be an Elder in the United Methodist Church. She is currently a certified candidate for ordained ministry in the North Texas Conference and has been a part of youth ministry for 6 years. She loves working with and for the youth of the church. She believes our youth are the future of the church, but they are also the present and we as the church and body of Christ must always remember that.
In December 2019 Boston and her fiancé Jared will be getting married!
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set an example in speech in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1Timothy 4:12
Martha joined the staff of First Church in 2003. Martha and her husband, Michael, moved to The Colony in 1989 and joined First Church in 1991. They are actively involved in the activities of their two sons, Clark and Austin.