He will be consecrated on 2 Dec 2016, taking on the role of spiritual leader for more than 42,000 Methodists.
He was elected Bishop on the 8th ballot at the Church’s 11th Session of General Conference at Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church on 13 Sep 2016. 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 President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), the Rev Dr Chong 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 CAC President in 2008, and re-elected in 2012.
He graduated from Nanyang University in 1979, where he studied literature. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Theological College (TTC) in 1981, and 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 also been lecturing 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. Bishop Dr Wee was elected in 2012, and his term ends in December. The Conference has voted to accord him the title of Bishop Emeritus in recognition of his service to the Church, as proposed by the Rev R. Prabhu, President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference.
Also elected for the term 2017-2020 were the following officeholders:
• Nominee, Secretary of the Trustees of the MCS
– Mr Kim Seah Teck Kim
• General Conference Secretary
– Mr Jeffrey Lim
• Chairperson, Finance and Administration Council
– Mr Goh Geck Teck
• General Conference Treasurer
– Mr Stephen Lim
• Chairperson, Discipline Revision Commission
– Mr Kim Seah Teck Kim
• Chairperson, Council on Archives and History
– Mr Lim Soo Chin
• Chairperson, Disciple Agency
– The Rev David Gwee
• Chairperson, Methodist Missions Society
– Mr Alvin Tan
A Memorial Service was held on 16 Sep to remember the following pastors, missionaries or their spouses who had passed on to glory over the course of this quadrennium: The Rev Lim Chong Heng, the Rev Ding Bing Hoe, Mrs M. T. Fang, the Rev Dr Clarence Lim, and Ms Betty Ng. The remainder of the 11th Session has been adjourned to 1 Dec 2016.