Eunil David Cho

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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The Rev. Dr. Eunil David Cho is Visiting Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Cho received his Ph.D. from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion with concentration in Practical Theology and Religious Practices. As a pastoral theologian, he seeks to link pastoral theology and care with narrative theories, psychology of religion, trauma theories, intercultural studies, and qualitative research methods. His academic and professional publications have appeared in a number of academic journals, encyclopedias, and ministerial magazines. He is in the process of completing a book which is tentatively titled, Making Sense of Life with God: Religious Stories Dreamers Tell in the Face of Uncertainty.

Dr. Cho has actively played a leadership role in the academy and guilds by providing lectures, presentations, and consultations at numerous meetings. Currently, he is a member of Society of Pastoral Theology’s Steering Committee and also an editorial board member of Journal of Pastoral Theology. He is also a former managing editor of Practical Matters: Journal of Practical Theology and Religious Practices at Emory University.

Prior to joining Brite, Dr. Cho was the Director of the Writing Center at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he worked as a writing instructor and served as an academic consultant. Formerly trained as a middle school teacher and a counselor, Dr. Cho has used his expertise and passion to serve congregations in Florida and Georgia as a youth minister. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a scholar-minister, he works with Fearless Dialogues, a non-profit organization that creates unique spaces for various communities including schools, churches, and corporates to have open conversations around classism, racism, trauma, and community building.


Ph.D., Emory University
M.Div., Emory University
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Presbyterian Church, USA


  • Pastoral Care in a Complex World (Intro)
  • Reading Lives: Story, (Auto)biography, and Identity
  • Pastoral Practice with Adolescents
  • Trauma-Informed Pastoral Care
  • Theological Dimensions of Pastoral Care: Theodicy, Evil and Suffering
  • Pastoral Practice in the Age of Global Migration

Select Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Do We All Live Story-Shaped Lives? Narrative Identity, Episodic Life, and Religious Experience,” Religions 12, no. 2 (2021): 71.
  • “From the Yellow Peril to the Model Minority and Back Again: Unraveling the Orientalist Representations of Asian Americans in the Age of Covid-19,” Journal of Pastoral Theology (2021) (published online first).
  • “Coping with a Double Pandemic of Health Crisis and Anti-Asian Racism in America: The Role of Immigrant Churches,” in Between Pandemonium and Pandemethics: Responses to Covid-19 in Theology and Religions, Dorothea Erbele-Küster and Volker Küster, eds., Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, (upcoming Fall 2021).
  • “Prayer as a Religious Narrative: The Spiritual Self and the Image of God,” Pastoral Psychology 68, no. 9 (2019): 639–649.
  • “Constructing Interreligious Identity: Narrative Personality Approach,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 28, no. 3 (2018): 175-188.
  • “Issue Intro: Re-Understanding Migration as a Theologizing Experience,” Practical Matters 11 (2018): 1-5.
  • William James and Psychology of Religious Experience,” (co-authored with John R. Snarey) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, edited by David A. Leeming, Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Nature, 2018.
  • “Reformed Tradition,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, edited by David A. Leeming Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Nature, 2018.
  • “Narrative Identity,” in Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion, edited by David A. Leeming Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Nature, 2017.

Select Presentations

  • “When the Story is Over: Narrative Foreclosure in the Face of Trauma,” The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry, Ministers Week 2021, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX (2021)
  • “Learning Mother Tongue on Sunday Morning: The Korean Immigrant Church-Based Heritage Language Education,” Religion and Migration Unit, American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Boston, MA (2020)
  • “Documenting Undocumented Narratives: Migration Stories, Personal Uncertainty, and Religious Experience,” Narrative Matters Conference, Atlanta, GA (2020)
  • “Writing Diaspora: An Interdisciplinary Analysis on Writing/Scribal Activity as Cultural Preservation,” Bible and Practical Theology Unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (co-presented with Hyun Woo Kim) (2019)
  • “Documenting the Undocumented Narratives: Immigration Uncertainty and Identity Formation,” Society of Pastoral Theology Annual Conference, Denver, CO (2019)
  • “You Can Become a Story: A Pastoral Theological Response to the Unstoried Self,” Philadelphia Conference on Pastoral Theology with Boys and Men, Philadelphia, PA (2019)
  • “Prayer as a Religious Narrative: The Spiritual Self and the Image of God,” Philadelphia Conference on Pastoral Theology with Boys and Men, Philadelphia, PA (2018)
  • “Let Us Build New Statues: Practical Theological Reflection on Building/Removing Statues,” Association of Practical Theology, New Haven, CT (2018)

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
Society of Pastoral Theology
Association of Practical Theology
Ecclesiology and Ethnography