Prior to joining the Trinity faculty, Dr. Cha was involved in a number of different ministries, including youth and young adult ministry in Korean American churches, campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, church planting and pastoring a multiethnic Asian American congregation. He has also served as a board member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA and of Catalyst Leadership Center (an Asian North American Christian Leadership organization), and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Dr. Cha is a coauthor of Following Jesus without Dishonoring Your Parents: Asian American Discipleship (IVP, 1998) and a co-editor of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (IVP, 2006). He also contributed chapters to Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World (Wipf and Stock, 2014), Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations (Judson Press, 2012), Revitalizing Practice: Collaborative Models for Theological Faculties (Peter Lang Publishers, 2008), and This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements
2008-09 Received Faculty-led Initiatives grant from the Carl F. H. Henry Center to organize and coordinate the Asian North American Theology and Ministry Consultation (May 18-20, 2009)
2006-08 Selected to be one of four participants in The Lexington Seminar’s “”Mentoring Project on Academic Leadership””
2006-07 Received the Religious Institutions Academic Grant from the Louisville Institute
Association for Asian American Studies
American Academy of Religion