LT Samuel Cho
1st Battalion 4th Marines
Phone #: (760) 725-6456 (office)
Chaplain Cho, born in South Korea, but raised in Denver Colorado, graduated from the University of Colorado in 2006. In 2011, he graduated with a Masters in Divinity with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from Denver Seminary. Chaplain Cho completed 5 units of C.P.E. from 2009 to 2013, and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps in 2016.
LT Cho served as a youth pastor in the Korean church context for 10 years, as well as take part in a church plant in 2013 as one of three pastors. In 2012, he became a Staff Chaplain at Lutheran Medical Center in Arvada, Colorado, a PRN Chaplain at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Broomfield, Colorado in 2015, and a Staff Chaplain at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado in 2016.
In the clinical setting, he conducted numerous funerals, memorial services, weddings, grief counseling, emergency room triage ministry, and practiced the ministry of presence. In the parish setting, he has extensive experience in preaching, teaching, and leading Bible studies.
In the fall of 2017, LT Cho reported to Officers Development School in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduating from ODS, he reported to Chaplaincy School in Columbia South Carolina and graduated in the summer of 2017.
His first assignment was as a command chaplain at Camp Fuji, Japan. After serving there for 2 years, LT Cho detached in June 2019 and became the Battalion chaplain for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. In July 2020, LT Cho assumed his current duties as the Battalion chaplain for 1st Battalion, 4th Marines.
His hobbies include lifting weights, HIIT, and playing guitar. His personal decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Army Achievement award.
Chaplain Cho is married to Tiffany Kates and lives in Oceanside California.