Eli Choi - Lead Pastor
Eli is married to his beautiful wife Helen and they have two boys, Elijah and Ezra. He was born and raised in Maryland and had the privilege of growing up in the church. As a middle school student, God opened his eyes to his brokenness, his sin, and his desperate need for Jesus when he heard the Gospel at a youth retreat. The good news that Jesus came and died in our place became a reality for him and he became a follower of Jesus Christ.
He continued in his walk with God and graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Maryland College Park, hoping to become a guidance counselor for high school students. However, a few months before graduation, God called him into full-time ministry and he immediately went into seminary. He received his graduate degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2010 and a second graduate degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016. For the past ten years, he was able to serve as a youth pastor, young-adult pastor, and education pastor in different ministries.
It was in the last couple of years that God connected him to mission work with local church planters. It was in that time that God gave him a heart for church planting and a deep desire to support church planters. At the end of 2015, he was preparing to transition into a new ministry position. It was during that transition where God called him and his wife to church plant in Frederick, MD. In the summer of 2016, he was accepted into New City Network, McLean Bible Church’s church planter training program. Shortly thereafter, he and Helen were assessed by the SEND Network of the Southern Baptist Convention and was accepted into their church planter apprenticeship program. They moved into Frederick, MD the summer of 2016 and are preparing to launch Home Church in late 2017.
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