|Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy returns to SFTS as director of Advanced Pastoral Studies|
San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy as director of Advanced Pastoral Studies. Choy returns to SFTS after 12 years. He previously served as director of Field Education and Integrative Studies from 1992-2000.
Choy brings nearly four decades of ministry experience to SFTS. He most recently served at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he wore many hats during his seven-year stint. He was interim director of the Center for Asian American Ministries and was adjunct faculty in McCormick’s Doctor of Ministry and Executive Leadership Certificate programs.
Choy also has extensive experience serving in key leadership roles throughout the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including associate executive presbyter for the Presbytery of San Jose and general presbyter of the Presbytery of San Francisco. He designed the General Assembly Office of Vocation's Pastoral Residency Program and has served as a consultant to numerous denominational committees and offices. His service has also included work with the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches and the Society of St. Sulpice in the Roman Catholic Church.
An active SFTS alumnus, Choy received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the seminary in 1995. His dissertation was “Toward a New Paradigm for Conflict Management in Asian American Congregations: A Critique of Current Alban Institute Approaches and a Proposal for an Alternative Posture for Chinese- and Japanese-American Congregations in California.” He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley, majoring in psychology,
For more than 50 years, the SFTS Advanced Pastoral Studies Program has been providing dynamic scholarship to enrich and expand the quality of a variety of ministries. Areas of emphasis in the Doctor of Ministry program include Multidisciplinary, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spiritual Direction, Pastor as Spiritual Leader and Urban Ministry/Black Church Studies.