Our Staff

  • Pastor David J. Magee

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Dave was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children. He attended public 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 Viet Nam during the war; he received eight decorations for his service including the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

    After the Army, he attended the University of Arizona where he was awarded a Juris Doctorate. He later attended Northwestern University where he was awarded 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. His practice included litigation, business law, estate planning, and tax law. He has had several articles and a book published on an array of 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 Jesus 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, Illinois, where he studied for over two years. He later completed additional coursework toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts.

    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 over ten years, during which time he became the first non-Chinese Pastor to be ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of China in its 120 year history.

    As Senior Pastor at EFCC, he learned how to direct ministry in the context of an international church in Hong Kong. While there he also planned and helped implement an extensive mission 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. For the next ten years he practiced law full time and did ministry work part-time, including preaching, teaching, and counselling homeless men and women at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. Pastor Dave and his wife are members of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.

    Pastor Dave returned to Hong Kong in July, 2018, and since then has been serving as Senior Pastor and Elder of Evangelical Community Church. Pastor Dave’s Sunday sermons are broadcast twice a week on television in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East under the auspices of Trinity Broadcasting Network --- Russia.

    Pastor Dave’s preaching, teaching, and television ministries share a common objective, and that objective is set forth in what he considers to be his “job description”: (2 Timothy 4: 1 – 5) “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.”

    Pastor Dave and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 40 years and have two adult married children and one grandchild. Pastor Dave and Theresa both are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and consider it their home, having raised their children there and having lived in six different neighbourhoods over the years.

    Pastor Dave is the founder of Zeal for the Word Ministries, a podcast ministry that focuses on ministering to Jesus Christ’s church in Asia, especially among those being persecuted for their faith. Having lived in and done ministry throughout Asia in many different ministry contexts for over twelve years, he brings a special perspective to the problems facing Christians in Asia.

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  • Pastor Pak Loh

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Pak joined ECC in Jan 2020. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Pastor Pak became a Christian at age 17. Seeking to pursue a career in sports science, he attended the University of Western Ontario in Canada, graduating with a B.A. in kinesiology and economics. During his university years, a retired missionary encouraged him to seek God and His kingdom. In response to this challenge, Pastor Pak dedicated himself to full time ministry. Upon graduating from university, he studied at Tyndale Seminary and graduated with a M.Div. in 1992. He also studied missiology in later years at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

    Pastor Pak began his ministry as a youth pastor at North York Chinese Baptist Church in Toronto in 1992. After 12 years of fruitful ministry, the Lord led Pastor Pak to step out in faith and join an international organization to mobilize the Chinese churches in Canada for greater ministry involvement. He was later invited by another organization to instigate a diaspora Chinese ministry team and network. With a wider ministry mandate, it led to the sending of the Loh family to Hong Kong in 2011 to serve with the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been enjoying teaching classes there since then. During these secondment years, Pastor Pak continued to expand the Chinese ministry team through mutual partnerships. He later also served at Cedar Fund and Yan Fook Church, particularly in the areas of global discipleship and missional nurturing. His passion is to see the church embrace her role in God’s eternal salvation plan. Through nurturing the church, engaging in integral missions, and reaching out to the least reached people groups, Pastor Pak desires to see the kingdom of God continue to expand while the nations come to know Him. 

    Pastor Pak and his wife, Jennifer have two sons. They will soon be empty nesters as both will be attending university in Canada next year. As a family, they love tasting the diversity of food and activities in Hong Kong, enjoy exploring this amazing region and are sure to be found cheering on the Toronto Raptors wherever they are.

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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.

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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. Greg and his wife Carol were married in 2016 and have a daughter named Mia.

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  • Rebecca Pesquera

    Ministry Support Coordinator (Children's Ministry)

    Rebecca was born in the Philippines but raised in Hong Kong. Growing up in a Christian family, she had always desired to serve the Lord in ministry just like her parents. Most of her years in the church, she has served in the Music Ministry and later committed more of her time in the Youth and Children’s. She believes that in doing God’s ministry one has to be well-equipped in His Word and well-grounded in Jesus Christ. The yearning to serve the Lord became evident upon reading Matthew 9:35-38.

    She went on to study at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS) where she got her Bachelor of Theology and later received her Master in Divinity in 2017. During her stay in the Philippines, she joined an independent non-profit Christian organization called C.A.R.E. Inc., based in Baguio City as part of her mission work. They reach out to the indigents in the community predominantly the street children, bringing them to Christ through feeding and evangelism.

    Serving in the Children’s Ministry in ECC, she believes that a good foundation of Faith and Service can start at a young age, just as it should be the pillars of our Christian lives.

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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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  • Hilda Tang

    Director of Administration

    Hilda Tang is no stranger to the banking and insurance market, having spent more than 20 years as a team leader and senior executive where she specialized in underwriting, claims and brokering. Hilda also specialized in data analysis especially for group clients and consulting on medically related insurance products. Her last role was a leader on a placement and products solution team. 

    Prior to starting her aforesaid role, Hilda spent more than 4 years as a nurse in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Hilda has the ability to guide someone from an unhealthy to healthy lifestyle.

    Hilda and her husband have been attending Yan Fook Church in Hong Kong for more than 10 years. Her two boys age 11 and 15 are also in Sunday School in Yan Fook Church.

    Hilda holds an MBA from University of South Australia and Bachelor’s honors degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Manitoba. Hilda still maintains her Certificate of General Nursing in Hong Kong.  

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  • Connie Lam

    Accounting & Administration Manager

    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!