Rev. Cho Yong-gi, whose founding of the largest South Korean church as soon as symbolized a post-war progress of Christianity within the Asian nation earlier than that achievement was tainted by corruption and different scandals later, has died
SEOUL, South Korea — Rev. Cho Yong-gi, whose founding of the largest South Korean church as soon as stood as a logo of the post-war progress of Christianity within the nation earlier than that achievement was tainted by corruption and scandals, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Cho, an emeritus pastor at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, died at a Seoul hospital, the place he had been handled since he collapsed because of cerebral hemorrhage in July 2020, the church stated in a press release.
“He conveyed the gospel of hope to the Korean individuals who fell into despair after the Korean Warfare,” the church assertion stated. “He was instrumental in rising the Korean church, significantly creating Yoido Full Gospel Church because the world’s largest church.”
Cho began his church in Seoul with 5 worshippers in 1958, when South Korea was nonetheless struggling to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1950-53 Korean Warfare. Below his management, the church achieved explosive progress and turn out to be a logo of the fast progress of Christianity in what was then a deeply Confucian nation.
In 1993, the church had greater than 700,000 members, making it the world’s greatest church congregation in line with Guinness Ebook of Information, the church assertion stated. Church officers stated the church’s membership has since declined to about 600,000 and that they can’t affirm whether or not their church remains to be the world’s largest.
It is nonetheless the most important Protestant church in South Korea. Church officers stated their church has 400 pastors in South Korea and 500 missionaries overseas.
Regardless of his achievement, Cho and his household have been embroiled in lots of scandals lately.
In 2017, he was convicted of breach of belief and inflicting monetary losses to the church however averted jail as he acquired a suspended jail time period. In 2013, a feminine politician filed a paternity go well with in opposition to one in every of his sons. His household additionally as soon as confronted criticism that they dominated key posts on the church and different church-related organizations.
Cho is survived by three sons. His funeral is ready for Saturday, and the church will obtain mourners from Wednesday, in line with the church assertion.