What is happening to some of our alumni?
Rev. Tamotsu Uchimura
|Picture above of Rev. Tamotsu and his wife, Naoko, is taken in Shanghai in January 2013, when he attended a meeting of the APTS Board Exco meeting.
General Secretary of Japan AG
Rev. Tamotsu Uchimura was recently elected as the General Secretary of the Japan Assemblies of God (JAG) General Council.
Rev. Tamotsu is the Senior Pastor of New Life Assemblies of God Church in Okinawa. Apart from his work in the local church, he has been heading up the overseas missions work of the JAG for a number of years and has been instrumental in sending out many Japanese missionaries to the field, including those who now serve on the campus of APTS.
He has also been the Japan AG representative on the APTS Board of Directors for many years. He is the current Vice Chairman of the APTS Board of Directors.
Lian Siang Mung
M.A. in Ministry 2003
M.A. in Ministry 2002
On his way back from making his courtesy call to the US Assemblies of God Headquarters, President Tham Wan & his wife, Moon Tee, took a detour to visit with a couple of alumni. They met at the home of Dr. Todd Labute and his wife Heidi. The Labutes had taught for some years at the APTS Baguio campus. We joined Heidi's family as they celebrated the American Independence Day.
Mung is officially still on APTS faculty development. He is now doing his Ph.D. in Old Testament at the Trinity University, Chcago. He expects to finish his coursework in about 2 to 3 years' time.
Ruben was in the US originally for treatment for his eye. Along the way, he has taught at the Assemblies of God North Central University. When we were there, he was in the midst of he preparations for his wedding. At the time of writing, he is already married to a Ukrainian lady, Irina. Ruben still wants to come back to teach at APTS.
Paul Kao Sheng-Fu
M.A. in Ministry 2005
The new President of APTS, Yee Tham Wan, and his wife, Ngoh Moon Tee, visited with Rev. Paul Kao and his family when they were in Taiwan in July 2009. (Photo shows Pastor Tham Wan and Moon Tee with the Kao family having lunch at a dumpling shop in Taipei.) Pastor Tham Wan was guest-teaching for the Taipei extension of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Rev. Paul Kao and his wife, Dorcas and their three sons (often known as the "Kao-boys" when they were on campus) are all doing very well. The boys are now in international school in Keelung near Taipei and speak very good English.
Rev. Kao is a singer-songwriter in Taiwan. He is now working on his third album. His first two albums were very well received in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. You can check out his second album at the following website: www.mrs.url.tw/kao/kao.htm
You can also contact him through his blog at: http://tw.streetvoice.com/profile/profile.asp?sd=403934
He recently taught a course on Praise and Worship at the Bible College of Malaysia.
Pau Deih Lian (Joseph)
M.A. in Ministry 2002
The Seminary Advancement Director, Tham Wan met up with a recent APTS graduate, Joseph Lian. Pastor Lian was on a short visit to Malaysia to minister to the Myanmarese, after attending a seminar in Singapore.
They talked over a breakfast of noodles at a food stall just outside of Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Lian spoke fondly of APTS as they talked about their time together at APTS. He is happy that APTS still has a strong interest in helping develop the ministry in Myanmar.
After graduating from APTS, Pastor Lian had worked as a Youth Pastor in his home church in Kalay City in the North of Myanmar. He is married now with two children, a girl and a boy. His wife is a graduate from the AG Bible College in Kolkata, India. Together, they are pioneering a church in a suburb of Yangon, Yuzana Garden City. The church is named Victory Community Church. The church also runs a pre-school.
Rev. Robert Chan Abe
M.A. in Ministry 1992-93
Wife: Daw Nang Hee Nin Sar
5 children (all daughters)
Entered the ministry in 1984
1995-99 Senior Pastor, Airport AG Church, Putao, Kachin State
1995-2005 Principal of "Ice Land Bible School" (short term Bible school) in Putao
1999-2005 Superintendent, AG Airport Section, Putao, Kachin State
2005-07 Senior Pastor, Emmanuel AG Church, Thida, Myitkyina, Kachin State
2008-now Secretary, DC (2) AG, Kachin State
What Rev. Robert has to say about APTS:
"APTS equipped me with a biblically sound theology. What I learned from APTS is very helpful for my leadership and spiritual development. Also it has strengthened my ability to deal with contemporary issues in my life and ministry."