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!

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  • Cora Chan

    Pastoral Care Coordinator

    Cora joined ECC as the Pastoral Care Coordinator in October 2019. She was born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to America at age 16. After several years living in Upstate New York, she returned to work in Hong Kong and has worked as a Personal Assistant in several corporations during the past 7 years. Cora was baptized in 2003 and through the years, she has continued to grow more in love with Jesus. She finds pleasure and fulfilment in fellowship with the Lord; she is passionate about sharing the Gospel and encouraging her brothers and sisters in Christ with Scripture.  

    In January 1, 2018, God placed a desire within her heart to serve Him in ministry. However, soon after she made that pledge, she and her family underwent times of severe testing, suffering several serious illnesses. Going through times of grave discouragement, the Lord once again proved Himself faithful by miraculously healing and preserving Cora and her mother. There was now no turning back. After a period of testing and preparation, God opened a door of blessing for her at ECC. Cora is determined to depend solely on God’s grace for all the days in her life, and she will continue testifying to God’s faithfulness and goodness until the day of Christ Jesus.  

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  • 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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  • 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!