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
“Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to him belong
They are weak but he is strong.”

It was the first preschool chapel in September 2021 after a long break since COVID hit us so bad. As I
was preparing the chapel message for our new preschool kids, I was excited. But to be honest, I was
very curious. How would they begin their first in-person relationship, and what would their first
reaction to the chapel look like? I had no clue. . .

As soon as I sang this song, “Jesus Loves Me,” I realized that something was different. Most of kids
did not seem to understand what was going on in the church sanctuary. They seemed a bit nervous
and at the same time, very curious to look at the pulpit, and symbols, such as the cross, the candle
stands, and the red carpets on the floor. Then the kids looked at me full of curiosity. What would
this man do here? I felt like I was hearing their inward voices. After the short, fifteen-minute chapel,
when the kids passed the main door of the sanctuary, I found out that I was sweating a lot due to no
response from the innocent kids. I did not know how to begin my message with these kids. I am sure
that they did not know what to say to this strange person before them, either.

Now, I just finished the first pre-school chapel in 2022. Anxious feelings and unknown stress are
gone. Due to the constant effort of the preschool teachers and staff for about five months, I see the
kids are learning about social skills, basic knowledge, and essential technique. Moreover, they learn
about God and Jesus. They learned how to pray and how to treat other people in faith. This morning,
our chapel was awesome. The kids were singing songs, listening to the Bible message and praying
together.

I am pretty sure that we are moving on. Even if the level of restriction in Baltimore County was lifted,
I see that our children are growing, and our faith community has grown a lot during this pandemic.
We have moved on, and we take one step forward, one day at a time.

So, be faithful, spread the love of God, and teach your kids that God is love and His love never ends.
Their singing sound still remains in my ears,

“Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so!”

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