Theresa

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I grew up in Reno, Nevada amid the casino lights, Sierra Nevada mountains, and vast desert land. However, I currently live in San Francisco surrounded by water, fog, and the bustling noises of an urban city. I am a west coast gal, meaning I love seafood, 60 degree weather, and the laid back nature. I balance my time serving a church as a co-pastor, subverting my husband’s diet with baked goods, cheering on my son at soccer games, delighting in my daughter’s unique displays of being herself, and dutifully obeying my dog’s daily demands of being walked, petted, and adored.

I graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with awards in preaching and theology. Before coming to St. John’s Presbyterian Church in 2003, I completed a full-year chaplain residency program at UCSF Medical Center, where I continue to volunteer as a baby cuddler and serve as a member of the Professional Advisory Group for Spiritual Care Services.

I love to teach and therefore have keynoted, preached, and led workshops at a variety of different conferences: youth, women leadership, peacemaking, and worship. I am currently working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, focusing on leading congregational and organizational change.

I love to write and have published articles and written blogs in Christian CenturySojourners God’s Politics, Christians for Biblical Equality, ecclesio.comthe Presbyterian Leader, and other blog sites.

I love to bake – partly to justify having a degree in chemistry and partly to tap into the creative side of decorating. Mostly, it helps me let go of intended outcomes when the cake doesn’t come out perfectly and fully celebrate when they come out just as I had hoped.

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20 responses to “Theresa

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  2. Ms Cho –

    Just read your article on SOJO and found it very informative. I believe that women in ministry is vital to the future of the Christian church. (just me but not sure that I am personally ready for a female sr pastor)

    Thanks for your article and just wanted you to know that I read it. I have to communicate to you this way as I have been kicked off Sojo. Guess it is OK for their authors to be on the edge as well as more liberal bloggers. As a conservative – guess I am expendable.

    Really not concerned about them – understanding is much more improtant to me than cloning little ‘Wallisites’

  3. When I asked my mother why they named me Randal, she told me they got it from the Bible. Someone must have written it in the margins somewhere of her Bible. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

  4. Dear Theresa Cho,
    We recently read your article “10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church” in Sojourners’s newsletter and thought it was great! We liked it so much we think all the elders in the Presbyterian Church in Canada should have a chance to read it, so we’ like to summarize it (and include a link to your original full version) on our website–www.eldersinstitute.ca in our Elders’ Toolbox. Please email me at elders@standrews.edu to confirm whether or not we can have your permission to use it. (Or does Sojourners hold the copyright for the article?)
    Thanks,
    Kathleen
    Communications Administrator,
    Elders’ Institute, St. Andrew’s Hall
    Vancouver BC

  5. Theresa,
    First, thanks for all that you post and share so freely. I really appreciate your insight and creativity.
    I have been particularly interested in your prayer stations for toddlers as our church situation (I am the pastor of a small Pres. church in MA) is similar to yours in some ways.
    I am hoping to do prayer stations around Worldwide communion and the peacemaking offering on Oct. 2nd and I was wondering if you had anything you had done that you would like to share :) or ideas that might work. I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
    In Christ,

    Chip Stapleton

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  8. Theresa…you once wrote an article about some of the experiments that you were doing at Presbytery Meetings in SF…where can I get a link to that?

    I pray you are well…

    Nicholas

  9. Theresa, I am a fellow WP blogger and have been following your blog for awhile. I really appreciate your writing–especially your creative ideas for worshiping with children. I am currently working on a family spiritual formation blog project and would love to include your voice among the contributors. If you are interested, please be in touch at practicingfamilies at gmail dot com

    Blessings to you in the new year!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your good words of hope at Synod School this past week. Enjoyed the stories as they painted pictures in my mind, and found your messages comforting and challenging at the same time. Blessings on you in your vocation, and everywhere.

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