Meet Pastor Anna Cho
Transcending cultural divides while breaking down barriers...
Rev. Anna Cho received a cross-cultural and cross race appointment to Epworth United Methodist Church on July 1, 2014. Pastor Anna's unique background as a Korean American ministering to a historically Japanese church serves as a powerful example of racial reconciliation in action. Her commitment to reconciliation extends to marginalized groups at all intersections of oppression and, under her leadership, Epworth became an official Reconciling Congregation, explicitly welcoming of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Pastor Anna's work both challenges traditional narratives about the role of Christianity in Asian American communities and the conceptions that Asian Americans may have of historically conservative Asian churches. Under her guidance, Epworth continues to serve as a model for how Asian American spaces can become more inclusive.
Her appointment followed after years of ministry in Korean immigrant churches in Arizona, Colorado, and California. After pursuing psychology, she earned her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology and a Master of Science in Psychology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Pastor Anna continues to pursue theological research as a PhD student in Practical Theology at the Claremont School of Theology.
Prior to her current role at Epworth, she served as a pastor and a practitioner offering counseling and training as a marriage and family therapist at the Clinebell Institute. Pastor Anna is a 1.5 generation Korean American elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Utilizing her bilingual abilities in Korean and English, Pastor Anna devotes herself to building intentional, cross-cultural, brave spaces for spiritual formation at the intersections of spirituality and faith, antiracism, and grief work. She is married to Dylan Seokjin Hyun, an Air Force Reserve chaplain and an elder of two local churches in Oregon. Together they have a son and a newly adopted cat, Maple.