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:
Equipping Laity Leadership
Sharing God’s Hospitality
Every New Year’s Day that approaches, people consider two things: a New Year’s plan and the speed of time, saying, ‘time goes so quickly’.
What do you feel every time you begin a new year? Last Bible study, just before closing prayer, members briefly talked about plans next year, and we said to one another, “see you next year”, and one member said to me, ‘see you next decade.’
I just turned 46 last November. (Now you see, why my son is so big, right?) I recognize something is different. First of all, my unifocal lenses do not work anymore. I often lose focus, so I had to take my glasses on and off to see things well. Maybe sooner or later, I need to have reading glasses. Another change was the sense of speed. I sense that time moves faster. The other day, I heard one of my elderly neighbors tell me that when he was in his thirties, the time moved 30 m/h, and in age of forties, it moved 40 m/h. And he said, now he feels that his time moves 70 m/h.
I found interesting research, done by a professor Peter Mangan of Northern Arizona University. He did this research to see the relation between the age and the sense of checking time-duration. He set different age groups and asked them to count 30, 60, and 120 seconds by covering their eyes. Older adults tend to count slow, and most of them responded after five to ten seconds later. The conclusion was that duration judgment ratios decrease from younger to older adults which means older adults feel that time relatively moves faster than younger adults feel. Isn’t it interesting?
However, we do not need this scientific research to explain our emotion and feeling. . . because we feel that time goes faster and faster. But, the more important thing to think is not about the quantity of time or the speed that we feel, but the quality of life, whether we feel satisfied and feel blessed.
As the people of God, we follow the order of God’s creation, and we obey the rules that God had made. It means that we sense how fast the time is and we need to make our time more valuable. As we become examples of being Christians, and proving the valuable life, we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and we teach Christians values to our children and the next generations.
So, why do not we have a moment to think about New Year’s resolution? What would you begin this year, 2020? What would you do for our Lord, Jesus? I hope we can set the valuable and meaningful goals together during the first month of the new year.
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