The Reverend Poong Ro Cha

The Reverend Poong Ro Cha


The Rev. Dr. Poong Ro Cha, 82, of Morristown, NJ, died on March 27, 2013 after having faithfully served God as an ordained minister for 57 years.

Poong Ro Cha was born in Shin-Chang, Korea in 1930. Rev. Cha was ordained an elder in the Korean Methodist Church in 1956. His ministry in Korea included service as an army chaplain (’56-’60); director of the Wonju Christian Center, Wonju, Korea (’60-‘66); and professor at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea (’66-’81). With his arrival in the United States, he earned a master of religious education degree from Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., and the doctor of ministry degree from Claremont Theological Seminary in Claremont, California. Dr. Cha became a full member of the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1981. That year he became pastor of the Mid-Hudson Korean UMC in Poughkeepsie, NY (’81-’87); then served as the mission superintendent of the Eastern Seaboard Korean Provisional Mission of the Northeastern Jurisdiction (’87-’95). Following a disability leave, he retired in 2000. Rev. Dr. Cha most recently served as a retired pastor on the staff of Bethany Church in Wayne, NJ. Rev. Cha served the Lord with passion through preaching, teaching, and music. He taught Christian education and human relationship at the seminary and applied the principles of his teaching in his ministry.

Poong Ro Cha is survived by Soonae Cha, his loving wife of 58 years, and by four children, Bruce, of Cheshire, Conn.; Yong Kwon of Seoul, Korea; Dennis of Naperville, Ill., and Helen Cha-Pyo of Morristown, NJ. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Christine, David, Stephen, Ashley, Jennifer, Christopher Pyo, and Michael Pyo.

Services were held at the Bethany Church (United Methodist) in Wayne, NJ on April 2, 2013. Memorial gifts may be made in his name to the Bethany Church (Mission Fund), and sent to 35 Laura Lane, Morristown, NJ 07960, in care of Helen Cha-Pyo.