Rev. Frank Choe is president of Christian Outreach Training and Research Institute (COTARI, www.cotari.org). He was born in Seoul, Korea, on February 18, 1945, and was educated as an engineer in South Korea until the age of twenty-five. He also served in the Korean Air Force for three years while in South Korea. He attended Stanford University in California for graduate study and received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1975. In June 1974, he started working as an engineer in the nuclear energy business for GE and remained in the company until he retired in February 2006. His main area of expertise was heat transfer and fluid mechanics in the development, design, and services of civilian and space nuclear power plants.
Rev. Choe lectured in University of California Berkeley and San Jose State University in his area of expertise and published several technical papers as well. While he was working for GE, he was called to become a Christian in 1990 and seven years later received his life mission to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with peoples of other faiths. He attended Western Seminary San Jose from 1997 to 2008, receiving a Master of Divinity degree in March 2008. He was ordained as a Christian minister in January 2009.
Rev. Choe founded COTARI in March 2010 and was elected its president. He has various ministerial experiences, including several short-term missions to China, Africa, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, and Mexico. Frank is married to Mickie and has two adult daughters, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.