The vision and calling of the church is age-old, but Metro’s spiritual journey has only begun. We are reminded everyday that God is on the move, and His glory is our purpose and mission.

2018

February

Rev. Donny Cho and Rev. Timothy Shin are officially installed as Teaching Elders at Metro; Rev. Douglas Logan, Jr. presided over the installation ceremony.

January

The Pastoral Staff holds its first-ever remote Staff Retreat; plans for a second and third site are affirmed.

2017

December

Total congregants increase at a 13% rate overall (corrected), hitting all time highs in Sunday Worship and Community Group attendance.

Justin Park joins the Pastoral Staff at Metro, serving in the role of Executive Operations; he will continue to equip our leaders with pastoral guidance, executive leadership, and help prepare our church for the launch of its multi-site church planting ministry. Metro is blessed and honored to serve with such a wonderful, upbeat, and vibrant congregation and lay leaders.

Metro holds its fifth annual Leadership Team Prayer Retreat, with attendance at an all-time high; Rev. Donny Cho, Rev. Timothy Shin, and Hee Jun Rho officially receive (and accept) the call to lead the Metro Family of Churches as its first official Session of Elders.

November

Donny Cho and Timothy Shin pass their (final) ordination exams, and are officially ordained through the Epiphany Fellowship Church (Camden) among a gathering of Teaching and Ruling Elders; Metro maintains the theological underpinnings of the Westminster Shorter and Larger Confessions, and embraces the PCA Book of Church Order as a guiding principle for its constitutional operation as an independent church founded on Gospel-centered, Calvinist theology.

October

Metro connects with the Thriving Conference, held at the Convention Center in Philadelphia.

September

The Metro College Fellowship grows to an all-time high, gathering students from Temple University, Jefferson University, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

August

Donny Cho withdraws his ordination candidacy officially.

Metro gains approval from the Provisional Session of elders (PCA) to proceed to withdraw from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), citing no theological or personal misalignment, but a focus on planting Gospel-centered churches with greater freedom and agility, and with an emphasis on training and discipleship. Metro remains theologically aligned with the PCA and embraces the partners and brothers that have remained intimate with the church.

June

The Direct Trade Initiative podcast, hosted by Pastor Justin Park, goes live, featuring Donny Cho and Metro’s approach to Gospel ministry, leadership development, and bivocational ministry.

May

Metro hosts the Philadelphia Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA); it would be the last time that Metro hosts this gathering of wonderful brothers and partners.

February

Metro holds its first pre-marital counseling group sessions; weddings are scheduled for April, May, and June (four weddings in all).

The team of 7 directors (Pastoral Cabinet) hold their first-ever retreat in Quakertown.

January

Metro assumes leadership and hosting responsibilities for the annual Easter Outreach partnership as the distribution center for the East Falls, Manayunk, and Roxborough area. For more information on this program, visit easteroutreach.org.

2016

September

The College Fellowship increases in number 6x since 2015.

June

The College Fellowship held their first-ever Leadership Retreat.

May

The Leadership Team at Metro grows to 38.

April

As part of the Philly Spring Cleanup effort, Metro, partnering with East Falls Forward, residents and local businesses, assisted in the cleanup effort of the Ridge and Midvale areas of East Falls.

March

Metro participated in the annual Easter Outreach initiative, partnering with 30+ local churches in the Philadelphia-area, to prepare and serve 4,000+ meals for families throughout the city to celebrate our risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ during Holy Week.

The School of Gospel Foundations, Metro’s Adult Sunday School program, adds a second class to its curriculum: Survey of the Old Testament.

2015

December

The Leadership Team at Metro grows to 33.

November

12 lay leaders meet intentionally to form the first lay administrative and coordinating team for Metro, our “Pastoral Cabinet”.

October

The first (semi-annual) College Fellowship Retreat is held in the Poconos-area.

September

Brian Park joins the Metro Staff to foster and build a fellowship specific to university students in the Philadelphia-area. The inaugural Community Group gathers with a team of over 20 students at Temple University.

March

Several families and local residents of the Lansdale, North Wales, and Chalfont area meet to pray regarding the possibility of a second site in the Chalfont/North Wales area for Metro Church; the prayer meetings will run through most of 2015, with an emphasis on the advance of God’s Kingdom through worship, prayer, and discipleship.

Metro holds its inaugural Women’s Fellowship Kick-off, and gathers for its first Bible study series on Ruth.

Metro launches its School of Gospel Foundations, beginning with two course offerings for any who are interested: Course 101, The Centrality of the Gospel, and Course 201: The History of Redemption.

January

The Leadership Team holds its inaugural Vision and Prayer Night in East Falls.

2014

December

Metro participates in the Christmas Wish List Drive for the Thomas Mifflin School in East Falls.

October

The Leadership Team at Metro holds its inaugural Leadership Prayer Retreat at the Black Rock Retreat Center in Pennsylvania.

Metro launches a fellowship intended to foster a Gospel-centered mindset among newly-married couples.

Metro launches a fellowship specifically intended to support married couples with children.

September

New Community Groups are added in North Wales and Center City. Eight total Community Groups meet weekly for community-building and prayer.

May

The Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA meets at Metro, and celebrates its journey, growth, and success. We stand on the shoulders of our fathers and brothers to contend for the saturation of the city with Gospel-centered churches.

Metro completes its second Leadership Training Module. 35 members of the congregation continue to commit to train and walk together in life and ministry.

April

The Third Floor Expansion Project for the Christian Education “wing” at Metro nears completion. Doors open for our Toddlers’ Program, Children’s Ministry, and Leadership Training.

January

Three new Community Groups are added to the Center City, East Falls, and Cheltenham areas of Philadelphia. The total number of Community Groups at Metro doubles since its launch.

Timothy Shin (Worship Director), John Pak (former Emerging Generations Director), and Sherwin Kwon (Intern) come under care of the Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA.

2013

December

The inaugural Christmas Choir presents its first-ever anthem, the Sussex Carol, at Metro’s Christmas Sunday Worship Service.

November

Renovations begin on the Third Floor Expansion Project for the Christian Education “wing” at Metro.

September

A new Community Group is added to the East Falls area of Philadelphia. The Metro “East” Community Group is launched for residents of East Falls, Roxborough, Manayunk, and City Avenue.

August

Metro celebrates its first full year as a dynamic Gospel-centered church in the city.

April

Metro receives official IRS designation as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, retroactive to April 2011. All tithes, donations, and offerings have been, and are, considered tax-deductible.

Metro holds its first Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services.

February

Metro initiates its first Couples’ Fellowship, meeting with 8 couples, committed to growing together in Gospel faith and community.

Metro initiates its first pre-marital counseling program for two couples, meeting separately, in preparation for their summer weddings.

January

Metro holds its first baptism ceremony. The baptism of Mr. Kevin Yoon is conducted by Rev. Angelo Juliani.

Metro congregants gather for its first monthly prayer walk on behalf of the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

2012

December

Fund-raising initiated to acquire and renovate the third floor of the church location. Discussions have begun to acquire the third floor of the meeting location for the purposes of augmenting the Children’s Education, Toddler Ministry, classrooms, and a Training Center to press on with the vision of the church.

November

Metro holds its first infant baptism ceremony. The infant baptism of Mr. James Varghese is conducted by Rev. Greg Hobaugh.

October

Metro launched its inaugural Leadership Training Program for Metro begins with its first module series: “Gospel Transformation”. 32 members of the congregation committed to train and walk together.

August

Metro officially launched as a church in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

The first Communion was conducted by Rev. Mark Sarracino.

July

Metro holds its first Sunday Worship Service in its permanent location at 4200 Ridge Avenue in East Falls.

June

Renewal repairs for the East Falls headquarters site are completed; final touch-ups are made, and brand new chairs are installed.

Metro holds its first official picnic barbecue at a rented location in Chestnut Hill.

May

A provisional leadership team, consisting of Rev. Greg Hobaugh, Rev. Angelo Juliani, Dr. Ed Welch, and Hee Jun Rho was established.

Renewal repairs begin at the East Falls 4200 Ridge Avenue headquarters site.

The lease is signed for the East Falls 4200 Ridge Avenue building, located directly off Kelly Drive, and just a minute’s drive from City Avenue.

The fourth official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented at The Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Chestnut Hill.

April

The first “known” conversions are experienced at Metro.

Temple University Community Group expands to two (2) groups on campus.

March

Launch Team grows to over 50 people.

Donny Cho receives “Recommended” status at the 2012 MNA Church Planters’ Assessment in Philadelphia.

Temple University Town Hall successfully held on campus.

Donny Cho passes licensure examination for preaching within the Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA.

Five (5) Inaugural Community Groups begin in Warrington, Germantown, Cherry Hill (NJ), King of Prussia, and Temple University.

February

Metro begins “exploratory” Sunday Worship and Prayer Services at Crowne Plaza Hotel on City Avenue at 4:15PM on February 19, 2012; close to 90 people in attendance.

A Launch Team Banquet is successfully held to acknowledge members of the Launch Team of Metro.

The PCA Church-Planting Committee approves the establishment of Metro as an official church plant in Philadelphia, recommending the draft of an official “call” to its church-planter.

January

The third official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented at The Hilton Hotel on City Avenue. Over 85 people attend the event.

“Release 2” of the official website metropres.org has been successfully launched. Over 2,000 views of the website are registered within its first two days, with approximately 50% of the views registered as unique visits.

2011

December

The first stage of Fund-Raising for financial support officially begins.

The Site Search Team has been formed to begin research into prospective locations for the church plant site.

November

The Site Search Team consisting of 5 Launch Team members initiate research for potential locations for the church plant in the City Avenue / Belmont Avenue area.

The first Thanksgiving Dinner for Metro has been successfully held.

The City Avenue area has been determined for the site of the Metro launch, with a tentative “soft” launch date of February 19, 2012.

October

The first “pre-launch” Community Groups are successfully initiated in 5 different geographic regions of metropolitan Philadelphia, walking through Gospel in Life produced by Dr. Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

METRONEXT, the official college (emerging generation) ministry of Metro, has been initiated at Temple University with a core group of student Launch Team members.

September

“Release 1” of the official website metropres.org has been successfully launched.

The second official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented in the auditorium at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

The official demographics analysis is initiated to determine the regional location of the first church plant of Metro.

August

The Launch Team grows to 41 people, spread out over 4 main locales in the Philadelphia-area, consisting of city-embracing professionals in various stages of life.

The second official “Ministry Update” location has been determined (Chestnut Hill).

May

The first of four monthly summer prayer meetings takes place.

A “core” group of six (6) college students from Temple University join the Launch Team; they are young, bright, full of energy, and beautiful.

April

The first official “Ministry Update” is successfully presented.

The Beta version of the official website is launched.

The prototype for the {liturgy} worship service is revealed.

March

The first baby is born from a couple on the Launch Team. He is adorable.

January

Barbara Dan accepts the position of Children’s Education Director.

2010

October

The name “Metro Presbyterian Church” and nickname “MetroPres” are adopted.

A precursor to the “Ministry Update” is successfully presented.

Prayer meetings evolve into Community Groups, meeting twice per month.

September

The Launch Team grows to 25 people.

Prayer meetings resume twice per month.

May

The Team affirms the call to launch a church plant in 2012.

A “soft” launch is projected for February 2012, with an official launch targeted for August 2012.

2009

November

Timothy Shin accepts the position of Worship Director.

September

A multi-ethnic Team of 17 people gathers to pray monthly for the City regarding the potential call to serve the City as a church plant.

2008

November

The concept of a church plant for the city-suburban “creative” professional class in Philadelphia is conceived with a commitment to prayer at the Ridge Avenue Starbucks in Roxborough after a meeting between Dr. William Krispin and Donny Cho.