The People At ETCAsia
ETCAsia was formed at the initiative of a group of Singaporean pastors from a variety of denominations who were seeking to equip people for ministry of the word in Singapore and Asia. These pastors are now the directors of the college, along with the Principal.
Ivan serves as Deputy Senior Pastor and Elder at Bethesda Church Bukit Arang, a multi-generational, multi-language church committed to growing gospel communities in Singapore and beyond through the clear & faithful proclamation of the gospel.
He trained as an engineer at Imperial College London (BEng) and Stanford University (MSc) before working to develop business in the ports industry. He trained for Christian ministry at Moore Theological College (BDiv). He is married to Agnes and they have five young children.
Foo Yuk Yee
Yuk Yee is the Senior Pastor of Living Praise Presbyterian Church, an attractive gospel community committed to making disciples through word and prayer in life. He loves seeing God transform people to look more like Jesus through the Spirit’s work as His Word is taught. He enjoys running, cooking and playing the classical guitar. He graduated from Oxford University (MEng) and Moore Theological College (BTh). He is married to Karen and has three sons, Nicholas, Graeme and Toby.
Andrew Ong was saved while studying in his final year of university. He has been serving Christ in a fulltime capacity as associate pastor and senior pastor since 2000. He has served as senior pastor of Bethany Trinity Presbyterian Church for more than 10 years. He was previously a Chartered Accountant who has worked in Australia and Singapore. Married with two grown boys, his aim in life is to save souls and help them persevere them until Jesus Christ comes.
Denesh is the founding pastor of The Crossing Church, a gospel-centered community committed to expository preaching and church planting. Denesh was formerly a journalist with The Straits Times. He read Economics at The London School of Economics (BSc Econs) and has a Masters of Theology (ThM) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Lincoln is the children and youth pastor of Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. He used to teach junior college students history, now he teaches young people something far more important – the good news of Jesus Christ. He graduated from NUS with a history degree and from Moore College with a theological degree (BTh). He’s married to his wife, Grace and has one son, Nathan.
David is a pastor at Kay Poh Road Baptist Church. He oversees the Christian Education ministry of the whole church. He is convinced of the power of the gospel to save and transform people, and is committed to proclaim it in all of Scripture and to apply its powerful message to all of life. David did medical research in the past. He received a BScApp. from the University of Queensland, a PhD from the University of Manchester and did further training at the University of Pennsylvania. He was equipped for full-time gospel ministry at Moore Theological College (BTh). David is married to Clare and they have two children, Zachary and Sophie.
As well as the fulltime faculty listed below, the ETCAsia directors are seeking to appoint a number of part time faculty as well as adjunct and visiting faculty from around the world.
Andrew did his doctoral studies in Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology and Old Testament Preaching after studying at Moore Theological College and Macquarie University.
His ministry experience has included working as a student worker and then National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, being the lead pastor of two Anglican churches (St Matthews Shenton Park in Perth and Holy Trinity Doncaster in Melbourne), church planting an independent church at Curtin University in Perth, and lecturing at Ridley College in Melbourne.
He has written commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, 1 and 2 Samuel, and Daniel in the Reading the Bible Today series as well as a book on introductory hermeneutics (Postcard From Palestine). Before moving to Singapore he was a council member of The Gospel Coalition Australia and managed the Ministry, Training, and Leadership channel of TGCA website.
Andrew is married to Heather (who is also a part time faculty member) and they are the parents to two sons and have six grandchildren. Andrew and his wife, Heather, regularly attend St George’s Anglican church where Andrew is an occasional preacher.
New Testament Lecturer
After graduating from Oxford University, Rohintan (Ro) Mody spent nine years working as an investment banker in the City of London. It was during that time that he came under the expository preaching ministry of Dick Lucas at St Helen’s Bishopsgate Church, which was to have a profound impact on his life.
Over time, the importance of the gospel and the priority of preaching moved him to turn train for Christian ministry. Ro attended The Cornhill Training Course in London, studied theology at Oakhill Theological College, and did post-graduate and doctoral studies at both Cambridge University and Aberdeen University. Subsequently he spent over 10 years in pastoral ministry in the UK, ministering in a small urban inner city church in the West Midlands, a large church in commuter-belt Surrey, and a suburban church in Bournemouth.
Ro is married to Rita and they have a daughter, Charis.
Theology LecturerMarty is currently the Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Church History at Trinity Theological College in Perth, Western Australia. Prior to that he worked as a part time evangelist in Sydney and was on the ministry team of a large church in Manly. Marty is passionate about the gospel as the organising principle for our lives, the church, and mission. He will be joining the faculty at ETCAsia in 2019.
Marty’s Master’s thesis research focused on Richard Hooker’s doctrine of justification, and his doctorate examined the doctrine of the Gospel in systematic theology during the medieval, reformation, and early post-reformation era.
Marty is married to Jenny and enjoys chasing waves, listening to Bach, and drinking coffee with friends.
Part Time Faculty
Theology, New Testament
Denesh is the founding pastor of The Crossing Church, a gospel-centered community committed to expository preaching and church planting.
Denesh was formerly a journalist with The Straits Times. He read Economics at The London School of Economics (BSc Econs) and has a Masters of Theology (ThM) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Stuart studied history at University College London from 2000–2008 (BA, MA, PhD), culminating in a PhD in medieval church history.
Subsequently he trained for ministry at St St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London before working for the Crossing Church and studying at Moore Theological College in Sydney (BTh). He currently ministers back at The Crossing Church where his focus is on training small group leaders and ministry trainees.
Stuart is married to Chew Chern and they have twin baby daughters.
Mike began his career as a high school teacher in Sydney and Pakistan before studying at Moore Theological College in Sydney, becoming the head of the Department of Missions in 1997.
After college, Mike he returned to Pakistan to teach at the Zarephath Bible Institute. From 2006–2011, Mike served as the principal of the Melbourne School of Theology, an evangelical theological college.
Mike is currently the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching, an organisation that seeks to train and equip churches around the globe in expository preaching. Mike lectures at ETCAsia for a month every year.
Heather initially trained and worked as a physiotherapist. Subsequent to having children (and sometimes in parallel), she continued to work as a physiotherapist and healthcare educator/manager.
Most recently, she has ministered among university students with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (particularly at RMIT in Melbourne). While doing this she studied at Ridley College in Melbourne (MDiv) and is now engaged in Old Testament doctoral studies.
Heather’s long-term passions are evangelism, discipling, mentoring and training women into ministry leadership roles, and international student ministry. She is the dean of women students and is married to Andrew (the principal of ETCAsia). They have two sons, two daughters-in-law (one of whom is Singaporean) and six grandchildren.
The following visiting lecturers have already been confirmed for the first three semesters (with possible others still to be confirmed)…
February 2018: Philip Percival and Emu Music: Lectures in the Mission and Ministry stream on Worship and Music.
March 2018: Don Carson (opening the college and lecturing students in Introduction to Biblical Theology).
August 2018: Peter Adam lecturing on Introduction to Systematic Theology
ETCAsia Office AdministratorJoy Kwan is the ETCAsia Office Administrator. She is the the ideal first contact for general enquiries related to all aspects of college life. Joy can be contacted by using the contact form available below.
International Board of Reference
The ETCAsia directors have sought assistance from well recognised Christian scholars, preachers, and leaders from around the world in the formation of a board of reference. This board has no executive functions but will give the college leadership invaluable wisdom in theological, pastoral and administrative issues. The members of this board are listed below
Rev Dr Peter Adam
- Vicar Emeritus, St Jude’s Church, Melbourne
- Former Principal of Ridley Theological College, Melbourne
- Author of numerous books including a commentary on Malachi, Speaking God’s Words, and Written For Us
Professor D. A. Carson
- Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL (USA)
- President of The Gospel Coalition
- Author of over 50 books and editor of three series (IVP NSTBT, Eerdmans PNTC, Peter Lang SBG)
Rev David Jackman
- Founding Director of The Cornhill Training Course, London
- Former President of The Proclamation Trust (UK)
- Author of over a dozen books including commentaries on John’s Letters, Joshua, and Isaiah.
Dr Gary Millar
Dr Gary Millar
- Principal, Queensland Theological College, Brisbane (Australia)
- Co-author of Saving Eutychus
- Contributor to the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible
- Author of the upcoming Biblical Theology of Prayer
Rev Dr Peter O’Brien
- Emeritus Faculty (New Testament) and previous Vice Principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney.
- Author of over a dozen books including commentaries on the Greek text of a number of New Testament books.
- A leading scholar with extensive experience in pastoral and Bible teaching ministry in Australia, India, Singapore, England and the United States.
Rev Dr Mark Thompson
- Principal, Moore Theological College, Sydney (Australia)
- Author of numerous books including A Sure Ground on Which to Stand; A Clear and Present Word; and Too Big For Words?
Andrew Reid is a highly experienced and gifted pastor-teacher, who brings to his new role many years of preaching in local churches and training students in Bible-handling skills. His passion for Scripture and commitment to the highest standards of Biblical exposition will bring visionary leadership to this new venture.’ David Jackman
Andrew Reid is a wise leader, a gifted writer, a highly engaging preacher and a godly friend, whose heart for the gospel of the Lord Jesus is instantly evident. I can think of no better man to head up this new work than Andrew.’ Gary Millar