THE REV DR CHONG CHIN CHUNG, 61, has been elected the new Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS).
He will be consecrated on 2 December 2016, taking on the role of spiritual leader for more than 42,000 Methodists. The MCS is the largest Protestant mainline denomination in Singapore. It has 46 churches, 15 Methodist schools, and serves the community through its welfare arm, the Methodist Welfare Services.
The Rev Dr Chong was elected Bishop on the 8th ballot at the Church’s 11th Session of General Conference at Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church on 13 September. In response to his election, he said: “I ask that you pray that the Lord will grant me favour and wisdom as I lead the MCS. My hope is that we, Methodists, will continue our great heritage and legacy that we have inherited from John Wesley, that we express our love for God through serving the community and by not forgetting the marginalised.”
Currently serving his second term as the President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), he has been a Methodist pastor for the past 32 years. He was pastor of Kum Yan Methodist Church, and Pastor-in-Charge of Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church. He was elected as President of the CAC in 2008.
He was a graduate of Nanyang University in 1979, where he studied literature. He graduated from Trinity Theological College (TTC) with a Master of Divinity in 1981, and obtained a post-graduate Master of Theology degree from Duke Divinity School in 1995. In 2008, he received his Doctor of Theology degree from the South East Asia Graduate School of Theology. He has been a guest lecturer at TTC since 1996.
The Rev Dr Chong will succeed Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, who is retiring after serving as Bishop for a term of four years. The Conference has voted to accord Bishop Dr Wee the title of Bishop Emeritus. He was elected in 2012, and his term ends in December.
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