United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor

By on August 7, 2014
Sugar Grove United Methodist Church on July 1 welcomed its new pastor, CheonEui Oh, his wife, Sim, and their children, Ethan (middle), Elena and Elijah. CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea, in 2004, and journeyed to the United States the following year to continue his religious education. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009, and became a provisional pastor and ordained elder in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference. 
Photo submitted by Marguerite Ledone to NJuns@elburnherald.com

SUGAR GROVE—Pastor CheonEui Oh on July 1 was welcomed as the new leader of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.

Pastor CheonEui, his wife Sim, and three kids Ethan, Elena and Elijah, are now a part of the United Methodist Church, where they hope to spread the name of their new church out into the community.

The United Methodist Church has had interim pastors from February to July of this year. Rev. Richard Mayor has been helping to pastor the church during that time, according to Administrative Assistant Marguerite Ledone.

“We’re trying to get our congregation more stability because we’ve been without a pastor for so long,” Ledone said. “He’s (Pastor CheonEui) been pulling us all together. I have a very good feeling about it.”

Pastor CheonEui is very familiar with the Methodist Church, especially since he was raised in a pastor’s family. His father served as a pastor at a Methodist Church in South Korea.

CheonEui graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, in 2004. Cheon Eui journeyed to the United States in 2005 to continue his education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009 and became a provisional pastor and ordained eldor in 2011 as a part of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Orangeville United Methodist Church and Afolkey-Bethel United Methodist Church are the two churches that CheonEui previously served as pastor. According to the United Methodist Church press release, Pastor CheonEui would like to learn new strategies, approaches and programs to better serve God and the United Methodist Church as it continues to grow.

As a part of his new role as pastor, CheonEui has been meeting with different people in the Sugar Grove community to become more acquainted.

“Pastor CheonEui is trying to get our name out there in the community,” Ledone said. “He attended the senior luncheon to meet with those folks, and he also went to the Corn Boil, where he was introduced to (Village President) Sean Michels. He also had a meet and greet with other pastors in the area recently.”

Worship service times at United Methodist Church will remain the same through August. There is an outside worship service at 8 a.m. at 4S633 Harter Road in Sugar Grove and an inside worship service at 9:30 a.m. at 176 Main St. in Sugar Grove. September through May worship services are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. at 176 Main St.

For more information, contact Marguerite Ledone at (630) 466-4501.

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