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: Genesis Core Team

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 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.


Timothy Shin
Director of Worship Ministries
Tim grew up in Voorhees, NJ where he grew a love for music, worship leading, multimedia, and a fondness of Philadelphia sports. His passion is to see the gospel clearly and effectively communicated through the mediums of music and multimedia. At Camp, he enjoys leading worship, taking pictures, and editing videos. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, working as Financial Analyst and serving as an Associate Pastor at Metro Church (East Falls).
Bora Kim
Associate Director of Worship, Worship Coordinator
Bora works as a Senior Manager for a healthcare technology company in Philadelphia called InstaMed. Bora currently attends Metro Church in Philadelphia, PA and serves on the worship team there. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. Bora has been a camper since 1990 until she joined the staff in 2003.

Christian Education

Christina (Xtina) Choi
Director of Christian Education, Camp2
Christina works as an analyst at Sidecar, a tech startup in Philadelphia. She attends Metro Church and leads a community group. She graduated from Lower Moreland High School and currently resides in Chalfont, PA. 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 Church 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.


Donald Han
Director of Administration
Donald is a middle school math and science certified teacher in the Philadelphia School District. He earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and a graduate degree at St. Joseph's University. Donald currently resides in New Jersey and attends Metro Church as serves a Children's Worship Leader as well as a Children's Ministry teacher. He has been a part of the PFC staff since 2010.


Danny Cho
Director of Logistical Operations (Gofers)
Danny is an experienced management consultant and entrepreneur. He attends Metro in the East Falls area of Philadelphia. He was camper since 1985, a counselor since 1995, and now supports the operations team. He currently resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Cindy, and two children, Jayden and Micah.

Technology and Marketing

Ezra Kwak
Director of Technology (Three Benches Multimedia)
Ezra grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he returned back to the east coast. He has served on the PFC staff since 2005. He currently resides in New York City with his wife Elishah, also a member of the PFC Genesis Core Team.
Christina Kim
Director of Visual Arts
Tina is an upper elementary school teacher in the greater Philadelphia area with a love for design. She holds an M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Rutgers University. Tina joyfully attends Metro Church and serves in the children's ministry as well as the worship team. She has been a camper since 1995 and has served on staff since 2006.
Elishah Rho
Associate Director of Visual Arts
Elishah is a fashion designer in New York City. She received her B.F.A at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church-East Side and resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Ezra. Elishah has been serving on the staff since 2008.


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 Church. Kevin was a camper for two years before joining the staff as a counselor in 2008.

Related Links

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

CityNet Ministries
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
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
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

Westminster Theological Seminary