Famous South Korean pastor, David Yonggi Cho is dead.
He died on Tuesday morning, September 14th, 2021. He was 85.
Pastor Cho, before his death was receiving medical treatment for a brain hemorrhage he suffered from in 2020.
For those who don’t know, Pastor Cho was the Founder of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea and spent decades spreading the gospel in the country.
Cho was born in 1936 to a Buddhist family and lived during the Korean War. He converted to Christianity at 17 when doctors told him he would die from a serious case of tuberculosis. Cho credits God for his “miraculous” recovery from the disease.
He said; “I will never forget God’s blessing and grace over my life, through which He chose me to be His Servant when I was just an insignificant child with lung disease, and He saved me by His grace through the atonement of the Cross of Jesus Christ, so that through prayer I might receive wisdom and preach by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wherever He placed me,” Cho wrote in a statement on his church’s website.”
Pastor Cho graduated from Full Gospel College in 1956. Just two years later, he opened a tent church in Seoul, which later turned into Yoido Full Gospel Church. The church grew into one of the most popular megachurches in the world and boasts more than 750,000 members.
Yoido has more than 500 church locations across South Korea and has sent thousands of missionaries to countries around the globe, according to the church’s press release.
Cho became one of the most influential Christian leaders in his country. He wrote several books, founded a Christian daily newspaper, and established a humanitarian organization.
Pastor Cho’s wife died in February 2021, they are survived by three children (all male).