For Peninsula-Delaware and Eastern PA Conferences, all clergy (elders, deacons, local pastors)
- Location: Aldersgate UMC, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE
- 8:30 AM – Coffee and Tea (all clergy sign in at their respective district tables)
- 9:00 AM – Keynote Presentation
- 10:30 AM – Worship Service and Communion
Bishop Cho, Keynote Speaker and Worship Service Preacher
Young Jin Cho was elected a bishop and consecrated at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference held July 18-20, 2012, in Lake Junaluska, N.C. He is the first Korean-American elected to the episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.
While it is uncommon for a newly-elected bishop to be returned to his or her home conference, Cho was assigned to come home to Virginia to lead the Virginia Conference for the next four years.
Cho was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Onyang, South Korea, and graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, where he received a Th.B. and a Th.M. He came to the United States in 1979 and received an M. Div and D. Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He was ordained in the East Annual Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1977 and transferred to the Virginia Conference in 1983.
He was senior pastor of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington (KUMCGW) in McLean, for 22 years before beingappointed superintendent of the Arlington District in 2005.
In his ministry as District Superintendent, Cho continued to focus on Christ’s vision for the Arlington District. After prayerful discernment, his ministry concentrated on three areas: developing new faith communities, revitalizing existing churches by transforming clergy leadership and strengthening connectionalism. In seven years, under his leadership, the Arlington District started more than 10 new faith communities and introduced many training events for the clergy and laity to strengthen spiritual foundation of ministry. He always emphasized that Christ should be the Lord in our mission and ministries, and prayer should go first.
Cho and his wife, Kiok, a deacon in full connection, have two daughters, Grace and Sophia, and one son, Chris.