Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of the United Methodist Church Baltimore/Washington Conference has appointed two new pastors for the Silver Spring United Methodist Church at 8900 Georgia Ave., according to an announcement from the church.
The Rev. Will Ed Green will be the new lead pastor and the Rev. Daniel Cho will serve as the new associate pastor and director of youth and connecting ministries, the church said.
Green most recently served the past 6 years as associate pastor and director of discipleship at Foundry UMC in Washington. He began preaching as a lay servant at age 14 and served as a pastor at 17 in in his native Arkansas. He also served in Illinois, where he attended seminary and was ordained.
Cho is coming from the HA:N UMC in New York City, where he was the founding pastor of the first LGBTQIA-celebrating Asian American church. He is a Chicago native who was ordained in Indiana and served congregations in Indiana and north Georgia. His spouse, the Rev. Hyemin Na, was appointed an assistant professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.
The church describes itself as “a reconciling congregation. . .a community where believers, seekers and doubters of every race, ethnicity, age, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity and sexual orientation are valued as beloved children of God. All are welcome here.”
The two will begin their duties on July 1.
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