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 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 18, 2018, 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.


    I am one of the group discussion leaders at the Mongkok Bible Study Fellowship on Tuesday evenings.   

  • 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!

  • 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 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.