Our Staff

  • Pastor David J. Magee

    Senior Pastor

    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!

  • Ellen Ibarra

    Pastoral Care Associate for Filipino Ministry

    Ellen was born, in Zambales, Philippines. She started attending ECC in 1994, where she prayed to receive the Lord Jesus at the leading of an Evangelism Explosion team and was discipled by a kind-hearted spiritual mother. She was later baptized and began attending the Filipino fellowship meetings at the YMCA. She sensed God's calling right after conversion. In response to God's call to fulltime ministry, she enrolled at Asian Theological Seminary, in Manila Philippines. She finished her Master of Arts in Christian Education. In 1998, she joined the ChinaTEAM staff and in 2000, became the first Filipino Ministry associate director at ECC. She returned to the Philippines in 2006, married Salvador, and joined him to start Bago Aplaya Community Ministries (BACM) in Davao City. Ten years later, she is back at ECC with her husband, Salvador, and only son, Matthew Adrell, who is 9 years old.


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  • Gregory Ng

    Worship Associate

    Born in sunny California, Greg spent much of his early life moving around the world, living in Amsterdam and Jakarta for a few years before his family settled in Hong Kong in 1995. After discovering his love for worship, he first joined his church band as a drummer, and was eventually lead by the Lord to pursue worship leading as his calling in life. Greg joined the ECC team in the fall of 2013 on a part time basis and now has been working full time since December 2015.


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  • Sarah C

    Ministry Support Associate

    Sarah joined the ECC staff team as ministry support staff in June 2017. She was born in Virginia, but grew up all over the world, with a significant amount of time spent living in China, Macau, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a bachelor’s degree in international law in 2009. She then spent several years working in various roles in corporate setting in southern United States. In 2016, she returned to Asia and ministry. She enjoys reading, cooking, and kayaking. 


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  • Iris Wong

    Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Iris joined the ECC staff team as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator in October 2017. She grew up in Hong Kong and have also studied abroad in Australia. During her time in an international church in Australia, God has deepened her faith and she has since then developed a closer walk with Him.


    Upon returning to Hong Kong in 2012, Iris has started going to an English-speaking church. She enjoys walking alongside and praying for people in her community, and found the growing calling to disciple for younger generations in her heart. "To grow and journey with younger counterparts in love and Truth" is the primary passion that Iris has for them to the glory of God.


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  • Nikky Sepnio

    Youth Ministry Coordinator

    Nikky joined the ECC staff team as the Youth Ministry Coordinator in March of 2017. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and moved to Canada at the age of 13, where she completed high school and university there. Although she was not raised in a Christian home, God has begun His good work in her life since childhood as she attended a Christian school and learned about the faith.


    Through her teenage years, despite claiming to be a Christian herself, her heart and desires were far from God. She was simply concerned with her own agenda and how to achieve a ‘successful life’. By God’s grace, He drew her back and gripped her heart with the Gospel during her second year in university. Having wrestled through the pressing issues that youths often face, she’s since then loved to serve and walk alongside with these young people, desiring for them to come to a living faith in Christ, and to see for themselves the glory and beauty of the Gospel.


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  • Fenella Chu

    Director of Operations

    Fenella was born and raised in Hong Kong. She went to the United States to pursue higher education. After graduating with the MBA, she worked for an American corporation in the capacity of global sourcing. During her stay, she received the most precious Gift in life - committed herself to Christ in 1995. In 2004, Fenella returned to Hong Kong and worked in supply chain operations. Nurturing the next generation has been rooted in Fenella’s heart. After receiving her Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from City University of Hong Kong, she joined the teaching team as Adjunct Professor in mentoring and coaching students.


    Fenella has been with ECC 13 years. Since then, she is deeply attached to it. She has served in technical support, HR committee, hospitality, and small group ministry.


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  • Loretta Tsang

    Office and Operations Manager

    Loretta joined the ECC staff team as the Office and Operations Manager in March 2017. She was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada in 1982. She graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree of Science. Then, she received her CPA in USA. In 2000, she returned to Hong Kong. She enjoys swimming, tennis and hiking. She finds joy and peace in God, and she is eager to learn the Word of God.


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  • Connie Lam

    Accounting & Administration Officer

    Connie joined the ECC staff in March 2016, after 15 years in the publishing industry. Searching for the truth and the meaning of life, she came to Christ in 1998 and began attending ECC since January 2016. She is eager to serve and work with the team.


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  • Cheng Wai Ling

    Office Assistant

    Ling joined the ECC staff in 2000. She provides clerical and administrative support to the staff, assists with supplies purchasing and ensure cleanliness of our office and the ministry centers!



  • Salvador Ibarra

    Part-Time Technical Coordinator

    Salvador was born and grew up in Manila, Philippines. He began searching for the truth at the age of 9 and finally received Jesus as his personal Savior, King and Lord on July 22, 1984 during his high school days. He started his ministry through music as a member of the worship team in the church. He plays guitar and other musical instruments. God called him to become a pastor when he got married to Ellen. And together they became the founding ministers of Bago Aplaya Community Ministries in Davao City, Philippines.


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