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;  1Tim 3:1-2, 5:17, 19;  Titus 1:5, 7;  James 5:14;  1Pet 5:1-5; 2:25;  2John 1:1;  3John 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 1Tim 3:1-12 & 1Pet 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 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 22, 2015, the ECC Elder Board now consists of the people below.

  • Elder Andrew Mole - Chairman

    I came to Hong Kong just under seven years ago, and Carol and I met and got married in Union Church on Hong Kong Island. We joined ECC in 2009. I was raised in a Christian home for which I am very thankful, and I remember surrendering my life to Jesus aged around 11 or 12. Of course, the old self doesn’t die so quickly and I am still learning more about surrendering, often still unwillingly, but God is patient and good, reminding me how much I need Him. 


    Although I was born and mostly raised in the UK, I lived all my teenage years in an international setting, in a missionary college in the UK where my father taught people from all over the world to go out to serve churches all over the world. This encouraged in me an interest in the world, and, like many members of ECC, I have lived for extended periods in other countries: Ghana (West Africa) and the US (Seattle and San Francisco), with shorter stays in France, Germany and Japan. Much of this was with the international engineering firm that I work for as a structural engineer.


    Worship through music has always been a big part of my life, singing in Cathedral choirs as a boy and as an adult, and in worship groups in most of the churches I have attended.


    Carol and I go to Lo Wu women’s prison once a month. I am one of the group discussion leaders at the Mongkok Bible Study Fellowship on Tuesday evenings.   

  • Elder Ngai Fong

    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 home group in Tsim Sha Tsui area every other Saturday. Beside worship and prayers, we study the Bible together at the home group meetings, which is a ministry dear to my heart.


  • Pastor Marv Gibbs

    Pastor Marv Gibbs was born in Iowa, USA and was led to Christ as a child by his mother. It was in his last year of high school that he sensed God calling him to ministry, and subsequently attended Bible College graduating with a BA in Bible Theology. Over the years he also obtained MA degrees focused in Urban Sociology, Human Resource Development, and most recently completed an EdD in Organizational Leadership in 2007. He is ordained to the Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

    Pastor Marv served in Latin America for 30 years, working as Latin American Director for Development for Young Life International for 20 years. After the death of his first wife in the year 2000, Pastor Marv moved to California and worked at a Christian university before serving in pastoral ministry in the Los Angeles area.

    Pastor Marv is married to his wife of 14 years, Carol. She has an MSW and an MDiv, is ordained and has served in ministry with Young Life and in an Evangelical Covenant Church. Marv has two children, four granddaughters, and one great granddaughter who live in the Los Angeles area. He is also an avid biker, enjoys woodworking, and his choice desserts are chocolate cake and ice cream.