David Yonggi Cho was a popular South Korean Christian minister who was a co-founder of the Yoido Full Gospel Church, the world’s largest congregation, with a claimed membership of 830,000.
David Yonggi Cho died on September 14, 2021. He died at the age of 85 due to complications from a stroke.
Raised initially as a Buddhist, Cho converted to Christianity at the age of 17, after a beautiful girl visited him telling him about Jesus Christ before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
David Yonggi Cho began working as an interpreter for the American evangelist Ken Tize. In 1956, he received a scholarship to study theology at Full Gospel Bible College in Seoul. While there, he met Choi Ja-shil, who became his mother-in-law and a close ministerial associate. He graduated in March 1958.
David Yonggi Cho has spent more than 44 years emphasizing the importance of cell group ministry, which he believed is the key to church growth, as well as team ministry.