Peter Cha considers campus ministry a very strategic Kingdom-building ministry. In his words, "During our undergraduate years at the University of Chicago, through our involvement in a vibrant student ministry on campus, my wife Phyllis and I grew significantly in our Christian failth. During these critical years, God used the ministry of this campus group to deepen our understanding of who God is, of the meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and of the commitment of following Jesus. This personal experience, in many ways, continues to shape our on-going interest in campus ministry and students."
After graduating from seminary, Peter served seven years with InterVarsity as a campus staff member. During this time he was exposed to a wide range of different ministry opportunities and challenges by serving in a variety of different college campus settings, ranging from a small Quaker college in rural Indiana to a large multiethnic public university in downtown Chicago.
Although Peter left staff ministry in 1992, he continues to participate in and support different aspects of InterVarsity. He has spoken at a number of large group meetings including Urbana '93 and the National Staff Conference in 2002, served as a member of Urbana '96's advisory council and as a board member of IVCF, USA (2000-04). Also, Peter collaborated with other Asian American colleagues on the IVP books Following Jesus Without Dishonoring Your Parents (1998) and Growing Healthy Asian American Congregations (2006).
Peter completed his Master of Divinity in 1986 and in 1993 received his Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He completed his Ph.D. program at Northwestern University in 2002 and is an associate professor of Pastoral Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Peter and his wife, Phyllis, have two adult children, Nathaniel and Elaine, and are actively involved in New Community Covenant Church.