Pioneers For Christ
About Pioneers For Christ

Who We Are

Pioneers For Christ (or PFC, directed by its Core Ministry Team) was established in 1967, primarily to serve the youth and children of the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Although it initially began as a multi-ethnic ministry, ministering to churches (primarily the smaller churches that have under-developed youth groups and children's ministries) in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York areas, Pioneers For Christ now hopes to re-establish its embrace of the whole of the city beyond any single ethnic group or people class. Its current ministry consists of the following:

Historically, Pioneers For Christ (PFC) has had a presence among the youth, and a year-round presence in the city; much of the ministry has been reduced to focus on the primary ministries of leadership training and youth counseling. However, it has been widely acknowledged that the Lord may be calling, empowering, equipping, and preparing its leaders, on every level, to engage in new ministry opportunities - ultimately, to expand the scope of the Pioneers For Christ ministry.




Core Values

We believe that the Core Values of a ministry are the inherent "DNA", the make-up of the ministry, fueling all of the ministry's decisions, activities, and impact. The following are the core values of our ministry:



Leadership

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Donny Cho
Executive Director of Pioneers For Christ
Donny works as a marketing, strategy, and technology consultant for companies such as Reed Elsevier, Johnson & Johnson, and Radian. He is a church-planter in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and lead pastor for Metro Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Donny completed his undergraduate education at Brandeis University (near Boston, MA), and graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh Senior High School. He currently resides in the Cheltenham area, and is married to Angela, also a member of the PFC Genesis Core Team.

WORSHIP

Timothy Shin
Director of Worship Ministries
tim@pfc.us
Tim graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management and is studying to complete his pastoral degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. He works as a financial analyst for Mission Solutions Engineering, LLC in Moorestown, NJ and attends Metro Presbyterian Church (PCA), serving as the Director of Worship. Tim joined the staff in 2007 and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Bora Kim
Associate Director of Worship, Worship Coordinator
bora@pfc.us
Bora works as a Senior Manager for a healthcare technology company in Philadelphia called InstaMed. Bora currently attends Metro Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Philadelphia, PA and serves on the worship team there. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where she received a BSE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Bora has been a camper since 1990 until she joined the staff in 2003. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Christina (Xtina) Choi
Director of Christian Education, Camp2
Christina works as an Account Executive for Women's Accessories at Balenciaga in New York City. She received her BBA in the Design and Management program at Parsons The New School for Design. Christina is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA), serving as a Kindergarten volunteer at East Side's Children's Ministry. She graduated from Lower Moreland High School and currently resides in the Upper East Side of New York. Christina was a camper for 2 years since 2005 before joining the staff as a counselor in 2007.
Benica Kim
Director of Christian Education, Camp1
Benica is a 2nd grade teacher working in the Cherry Hill School District. She currently attends Metro Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Philadelphia, PA and serves in the children's ministry and leads a community group. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a MS Ed, and received her BA in both Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University. She has been a camper since she was a child, started serving on Staff in 1999, and is a member of the PFC Genesis Core Team. Benica resides in Cherry Hill, NJ.

ADMINISTRATION

Donald Han
Director of Administration
Donald is currently a graduate student at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He graduated with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University, but has since changed career paths to pursue a career teaching at the Middle School level with concentrations in Mathematics and Science. Donald currently attends Metro Presbyterian Church and serves in the children ministry. He has served on staff since 2010, and currently resides in South Jersey.

OPERATIONS

Danny Cho
Director of Logistical Operations (Gofers)
Danny is an experienced management consultant specializing in business and technology transformation efforts across multiple industries and verticals. He also co-owns a real estate development and general contracting company based in the Philadelphia area. Currently, he attends Metro Presbyterian Church (PCA) in the East Falls area of Philadelphia. Danny graduated Brandeis University in 2002 with a dual-degree BA in Political Science and American Studies; he graduated Palmyra High School (NJ) in 1998. He was camper since 1985, and a counselor since 1995. He currently resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Cindy, who is also a part of the leadership team.

TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETING

Ezra Kwak
Director of Technology (Three Benches Multimedia)
Ezra works at RBC Capital Markets. He received his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, graduating with summa cum laude distinction. Ezra currently attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church. He has served on the staff since 2005, and currently resides in New York City.
Christina Kim
Director of Visual Arts
Tina is graphic designer. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in East Asian Languages and Area studies. Tina currently attends Metro Presbyterian Church (PCA) and serves in children's ministry as well as, helps to coordinate design projects. She was a camper since 1995 and a counselor since 2006. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Elishah Rho
Associate Director of Visual Arts
Elishah works as an associate designer for ready to wear wovens at Tory Burch in New York City. She recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, minoring in Art History. Elishah currently attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church. She was raised in Wayne, PA for the majority of her childhood and graduated from Conestoga High School. Elishah has been a camper since 2002 and joined staff in 2008. She currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

FINANCE

Kevin Ro
Director of Finance
Kevin is an avid music listener and sports fan who works as a healthcare consultant. He currently resides in the greater Philadelphia area and attends Metro Presbyterian Church. Kevin was a camper for two years before joining the staff as a counselor in 2008.


Related Links

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
www.ccef.org
Biblical Counseling is more than a mere "tool" for counseling; it is our paradigm for Gospel ministry and Christian Education.

CityNet Ministries
www.citynetphilly.org
We have developed various Gospel partnerships throughout the City of Philadelphia, to embrace the City for the sake of Gospel-Kingdom advancement.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
www.redeemer.com
Timothy Keller has had a profound impact on our ministry, providing Gospel-centered thought and insight throughout the years in his preaching and church planting ministry.

World Harvest Mission
www.whm.org
The Gospel is our paradigm for life and faith, and Sonship and Gospel Transformation have been instrumental in our thinking, teaching, and ministry as a team.

CityNet Leadership Training Program
www.citynetphilly.org, and click "Leadership Training"
Develops Gospel-centered Urban Church Planters, providing them with six years of seminary experience, and preparing them for Gospel ministry as full-time, ordained pastors, elders, and deacons.

Presbyterian Church in America
www.pcanet.org

Westminster Theological Seminary
www.wts.edu