Seminary to Host Eugene Cho of Seattle's Quest Church as Pastor in Residence

Eugene Cho

CHICAGO, IL (January 19, 2007) – The 36-year-old founding and lead pastor of Seattle’s Quest Church, a multicultural church based in a spacious warehouse doubling as a coffee shop and community center, is leaving the Seattle rain for the Chicago snow. At least for one week.

Eugene Cho will serve as Pastor in Residence at North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS) the week of January 29 as part of the Making Connections Initiative, a program funded by the Lilly Endowment that works to strengthen the natural relationships between NPTS and youth ministers, congregations, and pastors.

The Pastor in Residence program within Making Connections brings ministers to the NPTS campus for study leaves. During that time they give presentations in classes, preach in chapel, lead forums for students, and interact with the faculty through inclusion in formal (lectureships and classes) and informal (meals and community events) occasions.

During his week at NPTS, Rev. Cho will preach at the Seminary’s weekly chapel service, held each Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Nyvall Hall’s Issaccson Chapel. He will participate in classes, including Dr. Soong-Chan Rah’s Postmodern Church and Communicating Faith in the Contemporary World, lead a student forum/luncheon on "The Emerging Church," and connect with various departments on campus, including University Ministries.

Born in Korea, Rev. Cho immigrated to the United States at age six and grew up in San Francisco. He and his wife, Minhee, have been married for ten years and have three children: Jubilee, Trinity, and Jedi. He studied psychology and theater at the University of California- Davis and received his master’s degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to his pastoral role at Quest, Rev. Cho serves as the executive director of the innovative non-profit Q Café. His personal blog can be accessed by clicking here.

Bringing experienced and qualified pastors to campus enriches the Seminary’s programs and people by keeping in touch with those involved in the varied practices of ministry. Students and faculty interact with ministers from around the country who represent a variety of specialties and ministry gifts.

As space is limited for Rev. Cho’s student forum/luncheon on Thursday, February 1, NPTS students are asked to sign up outside Nyvall Hall’s Olsson Lounge as soon as possible. Questions concerning Rev. Cho’s visit should be directed to Mary Miller in the Making Connections office.