Our Elders

The role of Elders at ECC is based on and developed from scripture. The Greek word translated as "presbyter" or "elder" is used sixty-six times in the New Testament. Sixteen refer to an office in the church and they include guidance on the selection of Elders and their roles and responsibilities. The word "overseer" is also used in this way in Paul's first letter to Timothy and other places, and the role of "pastor" is mentioned once in Eph 4:11. Reference is also made to "leaders" or "those who lead" in Hebrews 13;7, 17 & 24. [References: Acts 14:23; 15:4, 6, 22; 16:4; 20:17; 20:28, 21:18;  Phil 1:1;  1 Tim 3:1-2, 5:17, 19;  Titus 1:5, 7;  James 5:14;  1 Pet 5:1-5; 2:25;  2 John 1:1;  3 John 1:1.]


Paul's letter to Titus gives the clearest single introduction to the role of Elders, encouraging Timothy to appoint Elders in every town:

"The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God's household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it." (NIV: Titus 1:5-9, see also 1 Tim 3:1-12 & 1 Pet 1-5)


In other places elders are told to keep watch over the flock (Acts 20:28) and to pray for the sick (James 5:14-15). Underlying all of this is the call to be servant leaders, as modeled for us by our Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:1-17 & Phil 2:5-8). The Elders at ECC seek to follow scripture in this way and ask the church to assist them in this.


The congregation is encouraged to approach the Elders regarding any matter regarding the body of Christ in ECC. This can be by email or by approaching the Elders or Church Staff at any church meeting.


Elders and pastors in ECC are appointed to the Elder Board which handles the business of the church in accordance with Scripture and the Articles of Association of the Church. Elder candidates are church members who are nominated by other members, are examined by the Elders and are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). As the result of elders' election held at the AGM on March 17, 2019, the ECC Elder Board now consists of the people below.

  • Elder Ngai Fong (Chairman)

    I was born and raised in Hong Kong. My parents practised ancestral worship, but I was sent to a Christian school. This led me to believe there is a God of creation from young age. In February 1982 at a school gospel camp, I was confronted with the question: If there is the God of creation and if Jesus, Son of God, came to earth, died for my sin and resurrected so that my relationship with God could be restored, what should be my personal response? I committed myself to Christ one evening before bed at camp. Since then, I have never felt emptiness in my heart.

     

    I grew up in a local Cantonese speaking church in Shatin and regularly studied the Bible at Sunday school. I served in various capacities in the church, including leading a youth fellowship and chairing a church camp.  In early 1990s, I was among some 20 brothers and sisters sent to Taipo to plant a new church. I was elected deacon of the new church and served in different ministries. In 1995, I completed a two-year part-time Diploma in Christian Studies at the China Graduate School of Theology (CGST) in Hong Kong.


    I joined the Hong Kong civil service in 1995 as an administrative officer, a decision made with the support of prayers of my CGST classmates. In the last 20 years, I worked in various bureaux/ departments/ offices of the government including 3 years in London and 4 years in Singapore. I am currently working at the Food and Health Bureau.

     

    I met my wife, Gina in 1995. She was born and raised up in Singapore and we got married in Hong Kong in 1997. Upon returning from London to Hong Kong in 2002, we started attending ECC and joined a home group. We started hosting a home group in 2004 until we moved to work in Singapore in 2011. We are happy to be back in ECC since 2015. Our two children, Faye and Gabriel are now studying at boarding schools in the UK. We currently host a small group in Tsim Sha Tsui area every other Saturday. Besides worship and prayers, we study the Bible together at the small group meetings, which is a ministry dear to my heart.


    Contact Elder Ngai Fong

  • Pastor David J. Magee

    Pastor Dave was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children. He attended high school in the Chicago suburbs and attended university on an athletic scholarship. He graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After University, he enlisted in the United States Army and he served in Vietnam during the war.


    After the Army, he attended the University of Arizona where he earned his Juris Doctorate; he later attended Northwestern University where he received the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  

    He practiced law in Chicago for many years as a partner in several law firms, including his own (Magee, Collins and Lodge). His practice included litigation, business law, estate planning, and tax law. He has had several articles and a book published on diverse subjects such as legal medicine, theology, and taxation.


    On Mother’s Day, 1994, having heard the Gospel clearly presented, Pastor Dave prayed to receive Christ as His Lord and Savior. Immediately thereafter he became involved in part-time ministry preaching and teaching at nursing homes, truck stops, jails, rescue missions, and churches. Following God’s call to pursue full time ministry, he enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he studied for over two years. He later completed additional coursework toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at both Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts and Nashotah House in Wisconsin.  


    In 1998, he accepted a call to become Senior Pastor and Elder of the Evangelical Free Church of China --- International Church in Hong Kong (“EFCC”). Pastor Dave served at EFCC for ten years. In 2006 he became the first non-Chinese Pastor to be ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of China denomination in its 120-year history.

    As Senior Pastor at EFCC, he learned how to do ministry in the context of an international church in Hong Kong. He also planned and helped implement an extensive missions program that involved members in proclaiming the Gospel in Hong Kong and eleven different countries in Asia.


    Pastor Dave and his family returned to the United States in 2008. Since that time he has been practicing law full time and doing ministry part-time, including preaching, teaching, and counseling homeless men and women at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. Pastor Dave and his wife were members of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Since July 1, 2018, Pastor Dave has been serving as Senior Pastor and Elder of the Evangelical Community Church in Hong Kong.


    Pastor Dave and Theresa are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and consider it their home, having raised their children here and having lived in six different neighborhoods over the years. They love dim sum, but frequently lament their inability to find a "decent pizza" in Hong Kong!


    Contact Pastor Dave Magee

  • Elder Alex Kun

    I grew up in a non-Christian family in Hong Kong, but my parents sent me to a Christian elementary school where I first came to know Christ. I enjoyed reading the Bible stories in the Religious Studies class, which prompted me to ponder on Christianity. I was attracted by Jesus’ teachings and found some truth in them. However, I did not go to church until I went to a Christian high school. One of my classmates invited me to join a youth fellowship of a local Chinese church in Hong Kong. I accepted the invitation, but my initial motive was to hang out with friends. Also, I did not go on a regular basis. Later on, God changed my attitude through my Christian friends’ testimonies. I began to realize their life transformation. I was attracted by Christianity again. I began to take the belief more seriously and dug deeper into my faith. 

     

    After graduating from college, I moved to work in the financial industry in New York where I attended the Overseas Chinese Mission Church (OCM). OCM is a large, bilingual church in Chinatown. I attended the English Sunday service while joining a Chinese-speaking fellowship. I enjoyed the multi-cultural nature of the church. And by God’s grace, I was given various opportunities to serve as a small group leader, President of a young adult fellowship, and Chairperson of a church retreat. It was always a blessing to serve as I could grow with my brothers and sisters through both good times and bad times. Finally, I was baptized at OCM in 2004.

     

    I met my wife, Belinda, in college. She is also from Hong Kong, and she was born and raised in a Christian family. We got married in New York in 2006 and returned to Hong Kong. We were introduced by a friend to attend ECC when we came back. Since then, we have never moved to another church. ECC is our home church. We have been attending the Sorrento small group since 2007. I always find that joining a small group or fellowship gives me a sense of belonging to the church. We enjoy the fellowship and support through prayers in the group. I also help lead the group now. Three years ago, I had the opportunity to join the Mission and Outreach Committee. I started my first short-term mission trip to Cambodia and then to Mongolia with my wife and my son. It has been a humbling experience in the mission fields where I could see God’s work with the unreached people through His faithful servants. I believe every Christian is being called as a missionary in various mission fields like school, workplace, family, etc.


    Contact Elder Alex Kun