Meet the Pastor

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On July 1, 2013, the Worcester United Methodist Church welcomed pastor Seok-Cheol Shin. (He likes to be called Pastor Cheol.) Pastor Cheol was born in Incheon, Korea and is the youngest of three brothers and one sister. He was born to two wonderful faith filled parents. His faith matured in Sunday School, Youth Group and Young Adult Group, in a Korean Methodist Church. His father passed away in 2009 and his mother still lives in his hometown where he was raised. His mother had a major role in influencing his call to be God’s servant. Pastor Cheol set out toward his calling to ordained ministry by entering Boston University School of Theology in 2002, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2006. He obtained another Master’s degree, the Sacred Theology Master, in 2007. He majored in Christian worship. After two semesters, he received an appointment to serve two churches in July 2008, the United Methodist Church of Peabody and Lake Shore Park UMC of Lynn, both in Massachusetts. In June 2013 he was commissioned by our conference to a full-time appointment to the congregations of Worcester and Elmore.