- Wilbur Wong Yan Choy
Wilbur Wong Yan Choy is a
retired Bishopof the United Methodist Church, elected in 1972. He is the first Asian Americanelected a U.M.Bishop.
Birth and Family
Wilbur was born
28 May 1918in Stockton, California, the son of Lie Yen and Ida Lee Choy. He married Grace Ying Hom 26 September 1940(she died 26 December 1977). They have four children: Randolph W., Jonathan W., Phyllis W. (Mrs. LeRoy Seibert), and Donnell W.
Wilbur earned the A.A. degree from
Stockton Junior College(1944); the B.A. degree from the College of the Pacific(1946); and the Bachelor of Divinitydegree from the Pacific School of Religion(1949). Bishop Choy also holds honorary doctoratesfrom the Pacific School of Religion ( D.D., 1969) and the University of Puget Sound.
While a college and seminary student, Wilbur served as Associate Pastor of the Chinese
Methodist Churchin Stockton. He was ordainedDeacon by Bishop James Chamberlain Bakerin 1946. Following seminary Wilbur was ordained Elder by Bishop Donald Tippett, joining the California- OrientalProvisional Conference, continuing to serve the church in Stockton.
In 1954 Rev. Choy was appointed to serve
St. Mark's Methodist Church, Stockton, in the California- Nevada Annual Conference. He later held pastorates in Woodland and Sacramento, California, as well. In 1967 he served as Chaplainof the California Senate. In 1969 Rev. Choy was appointed Superintendent of the Bay View District.
Rev. Choy was elected to the
Episcopacyby the 1972 Western Jurisdictional Conference of the U.M. Church. He was assigned to the SeattleEpiscopal Area, serving eight years. He was then assigned the San FranciscoEpiscopal Area, where he served for four years. He was President of the "Council of Bishops" of the U.M. Church, 1983-84. Bishop Choy also was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Chinese Churches.
Bishop Choy was an active member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific School of Religion from 1970 until 1984. As such, he worked to strengthen the School's focus on
Pacific Basin cross-culturaldialogue, diversity and excellence in ministry. Bishop Wilbur W.Y. Choy was named a "Distinguished Alumni/ae" of the Pacific School of Religion in 1997.
Bishop Choy retired in 1984.
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific School of Religion, Mr. Robert Riddel, wrote in 1984 on behalf of the Board: :"Bishop Choy's commitment to
equality, liberation and a world free from racismand war are evident to all. As bishop, superintendent and local church pastor, Choy has brought to his ministry pastoral sensitivity, prayerful depth, the strengthening of diverse ministries, administrative care, and a saving sense of humor."
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* "1997 Distinguished Alumni/ae," Pacific School of Religion. [http://www.psr.edu/page.cfm?l=105#choy]
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