THE REV DR GORDON WONG, 59, was elected Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore at the 12th Session of the General Conference on 7 September 2020.
The Rev Dr Wong took office as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) at the Episcopal Consecration Service held on 4 December 2020 at Wesley Methodist Church. With his consecration, he takes on the role to oversee MCS's 46 churches, provide counsel to 15 Methodist schools, and offer support for MCS’s social welfare arm Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), which runs 20 community-based care centres and programmes. He is also the Presiding Bishop of the five Agencies supporting the Provisional Annual Conference of The Methodist Church in Cambodia and provides episcopal leadership for the Methodist Church in Nepal and Thailand.
The Rev Dr Wong holds a BA (Honours) from the London School of Theology and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Since 1986, he has served as Pastor-in-Charge of Cairnhill Methodist Church, Christ Methodist Church and Covenant Community Methodist Church, and pastor of Fairfield Methodist Church and Barker Road Methodist Church. In 2013, he was elected President of the Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), a connection of the three language-based groupings of churches under the MCS), and had served two terms in the role. He was also the Bishop William F. Oldham Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Theological College where he lectured on the Old Testament, Hebrew and Homiletics for 17 years.
Bishop Wong encourages the Methodist community to continue caring for those in need. "Loving our neighbour is not about grand gestures or plans," he said. "It is a Christian duty that can become a daily delight. To love our neighbour during difficult days means to groan with them, offer hope with them, and work with God to bring whatever good we can out of the bad that is all around."
The Rev Dr Wong succeeds Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung, whose term ended in December 2020. Bishop Dr Chong has retired after serving as Bishop for a term of four-years, and has been accorded the title of Bishop Emeritus by the General Conference.