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
HELLO~~~ I am saying hello from Korea. My son, my wife, and I are having a great time with our parents and other siblings. As of today, June 26th, we all had a short trip to a beautiful resort in the same area where I served my first church, and my son’s best friend, who is a half Korean but almost lost his family connection in Korea, joined us and made a great memory with us. We visited amazing and beautiful attractions, including downtown areas in the metropolitan cities, peaceful scenic mountains, and ocean sides.
Then, look at the weather forecast that I screenshot. Can you believe this? I am going to have a hot and humid week until I head to the US. We call it Jangma which is a notorious two-week-long hot and humid period. Yes, I may not have a ray of bright sunshine during the last week of my trip. But at the same time, I know that these rainy weeks are going to be a huge blessing because I have noticed that it has not been raining for several months and the fields and mountains were extremely dry. It is not surprising to see painful cracks on the bottom of the stream, and very hard to find lakes and ponds filled with waters that can bring life to the ground. Thus, I know this rainy season will be a blessing to the land of Korea.
14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. (Deuteronomy 11:14)
Israelites were the people who looked at the sky all the time. Even though they had conquered the most productive and fertile land, they had learned over and over again, who brings the water of life to the ground. Thus, they faithfully leaned on God and lived with true faith because God had taught them a powerful lesson, God is the creator, and everything is under God’s control.
Brothers and sisters! I have many things to share with you about this trip. I have a reunion with my colleague and old friends, and I have shared with them the great lessons that I learned through the mission and ministries with Ward’s Chapel families. Every moment that I spent time with my good friends was amazing and they sent a lovingly blessing to you from Korea. I miss you all and thank you for three weeks of a break during this summer. It is a time of true blessing for my family, and I will go back to you soon.
Thank you all!
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