Dr. Yo Han Kim is the president of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
The executive committee of the Seventh-day Adventist church during 61st General Conference Session, which convened in the morning of the 8th of June, 2022 elected Dr. Kim as the new spiritual leader of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division.
Born on August 24, 1959, he began his pastoral ministry at West Cheonan Church of the Middle-west Korean Conference in 1991. While pastoring at Jeongsan Church in 1996, he was called to serve at the 1000 Missionary Movement Training Center and has served both as an associate director and as a director for 10 years.
He then returned to Korea and served as a director of general affairs at Sahmyook Health University. After his service at Junggok Church in the East Central Korean Conference, he was sent by Sahmyook University to serve as an overseas missionary in Uganda from March of 2013 to February of 2015.
Upon returning to Korea, he devoted himself to local church work at Gangneung Central Church and then in the following year, he was appointed as the president of the Mongolian Mission by the Northern Asia-Pacific Division in order to spread the Three Angels’ Messages to the “Land of Chinggis Khaan.”
Before he was elected as the NSD president, he served as the Assistant to the NSD President for General Affairs, Director of Adventist Mission and Pioneer Mission Movement since June 2021.
Dr. Kim holds a Doctor of Preventive Health Care from the Adventist Universtiy of the Philippines (AUP).
Pastor Ho Young Choi, Youth Director of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD), graduated from Sahmyook University in Korea with a B.A in Theology, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health (M.P.H) from Graduate School of Health Science and Social Welfare Sahmyook Univ.
He applied for the first batch of 1000 Missionary Movement (1000 MM) and served in the Palawan and Mindanao areas of the Philippines.
He started his ministry in 1995 at the Middle West Korean Conference (MWKC) in Korea and served several churches. He also served as Middle West Korean Conference(MWKC) Youth Director, then Director of National Service Organization, and Director of Spirit of Prophecy over two sessions from 2007-2011. He continued to serve at the Korean Union Conference (KUC) as Youth Director and Director of National Service Organization for four years. During his tenure, he served as secretary of the Korean Hymnal Compilation Committee, contributing to the reorganization of new hymns in the Korean SDA church.
He is married Myung Hwa Cho and they have two sons, Yire and Yisaem.
He is a minister who loves the Word of God and is known for having a long study and deep insight into the Covenant. In particular, he influenced many Adventist youths in Korea through various ministries of the Word such as the Bible Reading Camps that he developed and operated. He currently runs the YouTube ‘Covenant Keepers’ ministry channel, which specializes in the Covenant and Bible reading, and he has a mission and a burning passion to promptly spread the Gospel of the Covenant to not only the North Asia Pacific region, but also young people around the world through various media.