MY STORY

Name: Eugene E. Cho
Age: 49 years and counting
Height: 6′ 4″ (and I’m a liar)
Birthplace: Seoul, Korea | Hometown: San Francisco | Current: Seattle and Washington DC
NBA Status: Currently a free agent and ready to sign with any NBA team.

Bio:

Rev. Eugene Cho’s many passions involve leadership, justice, the whole Gospel, and the pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on this earth. He travels throughout the world to encourage churches, non-profits, pastors, leaders, missionaries, and justice workers – whether this happens in churches, arenas, conferences, universities, or as a guest in underground churches or refugee camps.

Eugene is the President/CEO of Bread for the World and Bread Institute, a prominent non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging both national and global decision makers to help end hunger – both in the United States and around the world. Bread has been engaged in this critical discipleship of advocacy for the hungry and vulnerable since its inception in 1974.

He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $8 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle TimesNPR, Christianity Today and numerous other media outlets.

He is also the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. After 18 years, Eugene stepped aside at Quest in 2018. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue which closed due to relocation in 2015.

For his entrepreneurial work, Eugene was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass 200 – included in a list of 200 people around the world who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass, one of the most influential figures in history.  Eugene was also the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Eugene is the author of two acclaimed books, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics (2020) and Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? (2014)

Eugene and Minhee have been married for 23 years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington.

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In the News:

New York Times | Relevant Magazine |  NPR interviewSeattle Times | ABCWorldNews.Com | Religion News Service | Christianity Today

Education:

Sherman Elementary, Aptos Middle, Lowell High, University of California, Davis; Princeton Theological Seminary

My Hobbies:

Sports, Fishing, Hiking, Exploring Nature, Reading, Films, Convertibles, Pho, Sushi, Coffee and Tea, ESPN, Learning about Various Cultures, and Traveling.

Blog Disclaimer:

This is my personal blog. The views, words, posts, thoughts, rants, visions, and ideas represented here are my own, not those of Bread for the Word, One Day’s Wages, my family, my ethnic Korean countrypeople, the city of Seattle where I live, the USA of which I am a citizen or the totality of the Christian faith and community. As I spew out some vomitaceous thoughts for conversation, connection, amusement, and critical discourse, I seek to grant and receive grace.