Meet Our Pastor --- Rev. Dr. Steven Sunghwan Cho
Rev. Dr. Steven (SungHwan) Cho is the pastor of Ward’s Chapel. Upon beginning his ministry at Ward’s Chapel, his focus was on ‘nurturing spirituality’, ‘equipping laity leadership,’ and ‘sharing God’s hospitality.’ His doctoral study researched the trend in the US, ‘spiritual but not religious’ and pointed out that this might mislead American Christians to lose precious religious traditions and cultural heritages. Pastor Cho said that the Bible basically teaches us, “spirituality is all about discipline.” As Jesus taught and showed, ‘prayer’, ‘meditating on the words of God’, ‘reaching out to the community’, and ‘heartful worship’ are the main components of spirituality. In order to re-establish those four components of the spirituality, Pastor Cho suggests that laity leadership and radical hospitality are the two critical keys. 

Pastor Cho is a spiritual leader, preacher, life-coach (ACC), and published author. He is an ordained Elder in Korean Methodist Church and is in the process of being transferred to the United Methodist Church. 

Pastor Cho earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC. While he was working on academic study in 2010, he was called to plant a worshiping community in DC, Alpha Community Church. The church focused on younger generations with diverse cultural background. They gathered at the heart of Washington DC and strived to look at their call from God, and what to do for the kingdom of God. After this ministry, Pastor Cho served at two churches, Stone Chapel (New Windsor) and Zion UMC (Westminster).

In 2019, Bishop Easterling of the Baltimore-Washington Conference appointed Pastor Steven (SungHwan) Cho to Ward’s Chapel. He is excited to serve Ward’s Chapel, and the church responds to him with love and special welcome.

He loves, playing music, golfing, motorcycle riding, and Korean calligraphy. His wife Dong Eun Lee is currently serving at Glyndon United Methodist Church as a pastor and they have a son, Won.
Pastor Steven’s Three Core ministerial values are:
Nurturing Spirituality
Equipping Laity Leadership
Sharing God’s Hospitality
Now we see the last month of the year has just begun. Can you believe it? For almost two
years, we could not enjoy our normal lives, and finally we’ve come to 2022. I pray that this new
year, and the future will not have any unexpected impacts or thrills anymore.

However, the good thing is that the Advent season has also begun. For four weeks starting on
November 28, we have a season of meditating on the life of Jesus and his ministry. Most of all, we
commemorate this joyful fact that the baby Jesus came to this world to save us, and became hope
for his people.

To celebrate this season, I am going to share a new sermon series, “Witness His Majesty.”
This is a wonderful resource that will help us meditate on the life of faithful people and how we
witness the Good News to the world. But, it does not simply deliver traditional interpretations or
the story that we have heard over and over again. This series focuses on other witnesses in the
Bible: a wise man, a shepherd’s wife, Mary’s mother, and innkeeper’s son. They technically
explain stories from the third person’s point of view.

Isn’t it interesting?

I think it is worthwhile to listen to their voices because they can deliver not only the story
itself and what happened, but also, we see how the people, such as the inn keeper’s son, Mary’s
mother, and the shepherd’s wife reacted to their amazing experiences. Then their stories directly
teach us the meaning of witness and how to live as Christians holding the joy from God’s plan.

During this difficult time of challenges, conflict, and disappointment, I hope we can find
together the biblical joys and excitement from God’s providence. We are the people of heavenly
hope and we know where the eternal joy comes from. This series will give you a great hint how
the early witnesses testified their amazing experiences, and what they did to share the Good
News.

In this season of Advent, listen to the witnesses, ponder the lesson in your life, and … be the
faithful witness to share the hope with the people of this frustrating world.

Pastor Steven Cho
Reverend Steven Cho's Monthly Message
  • Pastor since 1992, ordained 2007 in Korean Methodist
  • Church Planter, DC multicultural project church (2010-2016)
  • Published Author, "Bible 101" series found on Amazon, and more books coming
  • Novel Writer, "Sicarii", a Korean novel
  • Life Coach, International Coaching Federation, ACC
  • Enjoys- the tv show "This is Us", calligraphy, motorcycle riding, golf, and music
  • Family: wife, Vivian Dongeun Lee, Pastor of Glyndon UMC and son, Won Cho, currently attends South Carroll High School, Jiujitsu player, interested in Bio-Med, violinist