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, (in fact, it had never before been done in the Southeastern Jurisdiction) Cho was assigned to come home to Virginia to lead the Virginia Conference for the next four years.
Bishop Cho a native of Onyang, South Korea, 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 being appointed superintendent of the Arlington District in 2005. During his tenure at KUMCGW, church worship attendance grew from about 100 to more than 1,000, 276 adults and youth were baptized and three building projects were completed. The church has the largest worship attendance in the conference and is one of the most vital congregations in the Virginia Conference. KUMCGW also has started two new Korean United Methodist churches in cooperation with the Virginia Conference.
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 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.
Bishop Cho has served the church and the community in various capacities, including president of the Korean Wesley Foundation, president of Partner’s Church Association for the renewal of the Korean United Methodist Church, Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Discipleship and Commission on Ethnic Minority Local Church Concerns. He was elected delegate to the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences. Cho received the Denman Evangelism Award in 1991. He was also the U.S. chair of an organization that assists refugees from North Korea. Cho and his wife, Kiok, a deacon in full connection, have two daughters, Grace and Sophia, one son, Chris, and two grandchildren, Luke and Lily.
Rev. Jorge Acevedo loves Jesus Christ and his Church. Touched by the grace of God at seventeen, he was never the same. Rescued from a life of addictions, his greatest delight is connecting people to Jesus and the Church.
Born in Puerto Rico, Jorge’s family moved to the United States when he was an infant. Jorge was married to Cheryl Montgomery. Their oldest son, Daniel is married to Courtney who gave them four beautiful grandchildren, Mia, Levi, Seth and Zoe. They also have a younger son, Nathan.
Jorge is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida with six campuses (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Myers Central, Fort Myers Trinity, and Sarasota in Southwest Florida and Sioux Falls, South Dakota). Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America. From 1992 to 1996, he served as Executive Pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; from 1988 to 1992, as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Kissimmee, Florida; from 1984 to 1988 as Minister of Youth and Children at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
Jorge is a 1984 graduate of Asbury College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Bible. He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Jorge was ordained as a Deacon in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church in May 1986, and an Elder in May 1990.
Jorge was the 2001 recipient of the Denman Evangelism Award from the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church given to a pastor for excellence in evangelism. In 2007, he was named the Distinguished Alumni of the Year at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2009, the Foundation for Evangelism named Jorge the 2009 Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church. He was a 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference and a 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 delegate to the General Conference. Jorge serves on the Southeastern Jurisdiction and Florida Conference Episcopal Committees.
Jorge co-authored Sent: Giving the Gift of Hope at Christmas (Abingdon Press, 2015). He also authored Vital: Churches Changing Communities and the World (Abingdon Press, 2013) and co-authored The Heart of Youth Ministry (Bristol House, 1989). He has also written for the United Methodist Publishing House, Circuit Rider magazine, Good News magazine and Our Faith Today.
Dr. Ron Martoia is a transformational architect. His passion is helping people, and the organisms they serve, design and experience revolutionary change. Over the last 25 years Ron has spoken to over 30,000 leaders in conference settings. His area of expertise is human development, mindfulness/awareness practice, and semiotics; understanding the new and shifting landscape of our 21st century world. Ron is using his cultural intonation to help corporations in both the profit and non-profit sectors shift paradigms from the old mechanical world to the highly relationally interactive world of the 21st century.
These contexts are as varied as intimate executive team multi-day retreats of six people, to speaking at stadium events of 15,000 with people like John Maxwell and Malcolm Gladwell. His most recent work is in the area of human development and the implications it has for deep change both personally and organizationally. This has included engaging deeply the work of people like academics Robert Kegan from Harvard (Immunity to Change and the Evolving Self) and Bill Torbert from Boston College (Action Inquiry) to more practical presence based work of people like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Joseph Jaworski and Peter Senge. The deepest influence comes from the world of integral philosophy and the works of Ken Wilber.
Ron is convinced we have been big on skill set formation and training toward measurable metrics but have left out, almost entirely, the development of self and being. As such, performance without a deeper, larger self is at best behavior modification that easily regresses. Whether it is in the corporate sector, NGO’s or churches, developing and coaching toward a larger Self and a deeper presence out of which performance is grounded, is a critical component to effectiveness in the 21st century.
Ron has spoken in 15 countries and served on as adjunct faculty in three academic institutions. He has worked extensively throughout South Africa for the last seven years and lived in Cape Town in 2011. He is the author of numerous periodical articles and four books. He has hosted online learning communities like the Transformational Trek Tribe and Spiritual Explorations Live. Ron realizes that brokering the right resources to the right people at the right time and at their level of development is critical to taking people from where they currently are to their next level of growth whether they are students, entry level employees or the CEO. His doctorate is in the area of leadership and culture. More information can be found on his website www.RonMartoia.com.