BY JEROME SMITH
July 19, 2012 Lake Junaluska, N.C.
The Rev. Young J. Cho, superintendent of the Arlington District of the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference, was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 19. Elected on the 29th ballot of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Cho was elected with 287 votes.
Cho is the final new bishop to be elected by the Southeastern Juriscional Conference in 2012. A total of five have been elected by the assembly, which is meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C.
In addition to his service as a district superintendent, Cho served as senior pastor of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington in McLean, Va., from 1983-2005.
As he was officially introduced to the conference, Bishop-elect Cho said, “Dear God, Your will, Nothing more, Nothing less, Nothing else.”
The assignments of bishops in the Southeastern Jurisdiction for the next four years will be announced Thursday evening.. A Service of Consecration for the new bishops is scheduled for Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m.