Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington – as well as founder and Executive Director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue.He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – “a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.”
The vision of ODW is to create a collaborative movement by integrating human relationships, social media/technology and the power of story. ODW promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages) and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions. Since its launch in October 2009, ODW has raised over $2 million dollars for projects to empower those living in extreme global poverty. ODW has been featured in the New York Times (twice), The Seattle Times, NPR and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes.Eugene’s first book, Overrated: Are we More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World, Than Actually Changing the World?, was released in September.
Eugene and Minhee have been married for seventeen years and have three children. Together they live in Seattle, Washington. More of Eugene’s story can be found on his blog; he is also on Facebook and Twitter.