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
Please read this funny story! I guess a person was traveling to another country. The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room service.
Room Service: "Morrin. Roon sirbees." Guest: "Uh. . .Yes, I'd like to order bacon and eggs."
Room Service: "Ow ulai den?" Guest: " . . . What??"
Room Service: "Ow ulai den? . . . Pryed, boyud, pochd?" Guest: "Oh, the eggs! How do I like them Sorry . . . Scrambled, please."
Room Service: "Ow ulai dee bayken? Creepse?" Guest: "Crisp will be fine."
Room Service: "Hokay. Ansahn toes?" Guest: "What?"
Room Service: "An toes. Ulaisahn toes?" Guest: "I . . . Don't think so."
Room Service: "No? Udo wan sahn toes???" Guest: "I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'udo wan sahn toes' means."
Room Service: "Toes! Toes! . . . Why Uoo don wan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we botter?" Guest: "Oh, English muffin! I've got it! You were saying 'toast' . . . Fine . . . Yes, an English muffin will be fine."
Room Service: "We botter?" Guest: "No, just put the botter on the side."
Room Service: "Wad? Guest: "I mean butter . . . Just put the butter on the side."
Room Service: "Copy?" Guest: "Excuse me?"
Room Service: "Copy . . . tea . . . meel?" Guest: "Yes. Coffee, please . . . And that's everything."
Room Service: "One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken, Anglish moppin, we botter on sigh and copy . . . Rye?"
Guest: "Whatever you say."
Room Service: "Tanjooberrymutts!" Guest: "You're welcome!"

 As I am reflecting on four years of my ministry at Ward’s Chapel, the only confession in my mind is
“God’s grace is enough for me.” I have worked with wonderful people and the church has been strong even in the difficult pandemic moments. We faithfully supported one another and shared the love of God. However, it does not mean that we had no conflicts or issues. We had some challenges and struggles as well.

 But I know the deep trust and understanding, strong faith, and a faithful heart that we have shown
each other has made our congregation stronger. I believe a genuine heart and kind attitude has been the most important key in our relationship. Just like the story explains, sometimes we feel limited due to different lifestyles, mindsets, and many other reasons, but I know if we open our hearts and truly care for each other, nothing can separate us from God’s plan and guidance. This year, we still have some uncomfortable agendas that we need to work on, but I know we will beautifully handle this together because we know Christian values and experience good harmony as the people of God. So, let’s begin our New Year with the hope that our God has given! 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28)


~ 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