Rev. Eugene Cho is president-elect of Bread for the World. Cho will succeed Rev. David Beckmann, who has served as president since 1991.

Rev. Eugene Cho

President-Elect

Rev. Eugene’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, villages, or refugee camps.

Eugene is 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 was 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.

Eugene 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 small organizations in developing regions.

Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $8 million for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, NPR, Christianity Today, and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and was included on the Frederick Douglass 200 – 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 also received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Eugene’s first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?, challenges Christians to put their faith to work in action for justice. His second book, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics, was released on March 1, 2020.

Eugene becomes president of Bread for the World on July 1, 2020. He and Minhee have been married for 23 years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington and will be making a move to the Washington, DC area in July 2021.

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

     Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict. 

For Faith

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

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    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

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Faith

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