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Rev Dr Michele Bland


Office: +852 2101 0410

Originally from Canada, Pastor Michele came to Hong Kong in 1996 with her husband Glenn.  Pastor Michele holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters of Divinity, a Masters in Theology and a Masters in Psychology.  Michele was ordained with the Canadian Baptist Convention, has advance standing in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), and before coming to Asia she was a youth pastor.  Pastor Michele came to Union Church in 2012 and is a trained Stephen's Leader. She has also trained 20 members of our congregation to become Stephen's Ministers. During her time in Hong Kong Pastor Michele served on the pastoral staff at an international church for over a decade, she has taught in hospitals in China, as well as seminaries in Hong Kong and Indonesia.  Pastor Michele has two children.  Highlights have included working on a kibbutz in Israel, traveling to far off destinations and hanging out with her kids.  She loves good coffee and conversation.

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Rev Ruth Tablada


Office: +852 2101 0412

Ruth Tablada graduated from Ebenezer Bible College & Seminary in Zamboanga City, Philippines with a Bachelor of Religious Education. After graduation she served in church planting and pastoral ministry. She then felt the call of God to Missions and enrolled at the Alliance Graduate School in Manila, Philippines and finished her Master of Missions. She was sent by the Alliance Mission to Hong Kong in 1988 to reach out to and disciple the Filipino overseas contract workers in Hong Kong. She has pastored the Filipino Fellowship of Union Church since 1992 and through that remains involved in discipleship, counseling and evangelism.

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Chris Yorks


Office: +852 2101 0424

Orginally from Bewick, Pennsylvania, Chris Yorks has played piano from a young age and led his first church service at the age of 14. He and his wife Barbara came to Union Church from England where he served as Music Director at the International Community Church in Surrey. He has received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and a Masters in Church Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. Chris leads contemporary worship, plays the organ, and works with our children’s music programmes here at Union. He welcomes all who are interested in music and worship to join in this ministry!

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Joyce Wu


Office: +852 2101 0424

Joyce Wu is a pianist, an educator and an active soloist and ensemble music collaborator. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance and literature, and a Master of Music in piano pedagogy at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joyce has a passion for worship, teaching and mentoring. She served as Music Advisor at The Champaign Chinese Christian Church at Champaign, and President, worship leader, Bible study and small group leader at The Illini Chinese Christian Fellowship of The University of Illinois. She is also a graduate of The School of Kingdom Ministry at The Vineyard Church at Urbana. Her calling as a worship leader is to lead people to God through music. It is her desires to seeing people grow in their faith and equipped to become worshipers.

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Jacklien Lee


Office: +852 2101 0414

Jacklien was born in Indonesia and raised in a Christian family with grandparents who served as Deacons in her home town church. She was mentored by her grandfather, who was an architect with a mission to spread the gospel and help the poor. She is married to Gregory Lee, who accepted Christ as His Saviour in 2004, and is blessed with two beautiful children, Jody & Giselle. Jacklien and Greg have been attending Union Church since 2002 and are actively involved with the Children Ministry, first as volunteer Sunday School Worship Leader and teachers, and now as Children Ministry Director. Jacklien is committed to helping raise children for Christ's Kingdom and following in her grandfather's footsteps in spreading the gospel and helping the poor wherever God calls upon her.   
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Hunter Purvis


Office: +852 2101 0416

Hunter Purvis originally joined Union as a youth in 2010. He graduated from Hong Kong International School in 2012, and attended Elon University where he studied history. Hunter is passionate about a wide variety of things including history, theatre, reading, video games and food! A huge Lord of the Rings fan, just mentioning the subject will get him talking for hours - and get ready for his fun facts about history. Hunter served Union Church as Assistant Youth Director from 2016-2017, and is now incredibly excited to be serving in his new capacity as Youth Director here at Union.

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Monte Peterson


Office: 2101 0419

Originally from Kansas City, Monte and her family are thrilled to be back in Hong Kong after a 6-year hiatus in the USA. With a background as a chef and baker, Monte is passionate about feeding people--in body, mind and soul--helping them live into their identity as beloved children of God, forgiven and set free in Christ. She divides her time between work, pursuing an M.Div, and taking care of her children. She enjoys knitting, sewing, and all kinds of making, as well as exploring Hong Kong's hiking trails and restaurants with her family.

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Charles Caldwell



Originally from Toronto, Canada, Charles moved to Hong Kong in 1996. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Administrative Studies, Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Management Studies and MBA from the Kellogg – HKUST MBA program. Charles has been recognized with numerous Hong Kong HR Awards and ERC service awards including the China Staff magazine’s prestigious HK Manager of the Year Award in 2002. He has held regional director positions in Sales & Marketing and HR for various international organisations including Achieve Global, Rockwell Automation and Juniper Networks. He is currently HR Director for English Schools Foundation. Charles met his wife, Tess, over the Internet in 1996. They live in Hong Kong with their son, Sebastian, and triplets, Carys, Jasper and Sela. He is a Deacon of Union Church and a Board Member for International Care Ministries – an organization dedicated to helping the ultra poor in the Philippines. Charles is also actively involved in the Walk To Emmaus Community.

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Terri Appel



Terri arrived in Hong Kong in 1997 from New York City, with her husband Nick. They joined Union Church in 1998. Terri and Nick jumped right in, using their gifts in a variety of ministries at Union. As a couple they are active in Small Groups, Hospitality, Missions (local and international), Prayer, Walk to Emmaus, Worship and Prison ministries. Terri is also a frequent session speaker for Women’s conferences and lunches here in Hong Kong. Terri loves to encourage people to use their unique, and valuable, God-given gifts and talents for the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She welcomes the opportunity to pray with people to release these gifts and journey with them through God’s Word to learn more about identifying them, whether it is with children and teenagers, or seasoned members of the Body of Christ. She finds true joy in seeing God’s people released to do what Abba-God created them to do for His glory! Terri has her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University. She and Nick have two children, Christopher, attending university in USA., and Olivia attending Island School. Terri worked in the health care sector, with a variety of government, not-for-profit and for-profit organisations, while in the USA. She works in the education field, formerly as the Director of Business Development for Generations Christian Education, whose vision is to expand international Christian education here in Hong Kong.  Since 2015 she has held the position of Director of Advancement for the English Schools Foundation (ESF), seeking broad support for the vision and mission of that international school. 

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Shlivya Dhavale



Shlivya was born in Goa, India and has been married to missionary, Samuel, and serving in the ministry, for 25 years. Both were missionaries in India with "Every Home For Christ" – a Christian organization dedicated to reaching every home on earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ, before moving to Hong Kong in 2000. She has attended Union Church since 2000 and been a member of Union's Deacons' Court since 2002. Shlivya and her husband have overseen "Chung King Ministries", a mission serving refugees, homeless and street sleepers since 2000 at Chung King Mansions, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Shlivya and Samuel have two children, Sharon and Solomon. Shlivya has a passion to unwrap God's gift of prayer and evangelism to bless lives – helping people to get to know Jesus and to make Him known to all.

Alexander Mak



Alexander is married to Veronica and they have two daughters, Gloria and Lisa. Formerly with a Big Four accounting firm from 1992 until early retirement in 2004 and President of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong from 1990 to 1992, Alexander is currently Senior Advisor of Mazars Tax Services Limited. He was baptised in 1966, after a year of seeking the Lord in daily prayers. He has been worshipping at Union Church since 2006, and been an active member of the Alpha Ministry, Walk to Emmaus and Small Groups. Alexander is also passionate about the Faith and Work Ministry.

Kenneth Morrison



Born in HK and baptised at Union Church in 1951. Attended Union Church Sunday School before leaving for boarding school in Scotland. Returned to work in Hong Kong in 1976 but only started attending church again  in 1988 following the death of my father that year. Sang in the Union Church choir for several years. With my wife Isabel we attended the first Alpha Course in HK which began in Union Church in 1994. Thereafter assisted on several Alpha courses, following which Isabel and I began a Small Group which has run ever since. Attended Walk to Emmaus in 1996 and with Isabel was actively involved in this ministry until 2015. Served on Union Church Committee of Management for several years as Hon Treasurer and then Deputy Chairman; subsequently served for several years as a Trustee and then as a Deacon until 2009. Following a period as a "resting Deacon", I was invited to rejoin the Deacons' Court in 2016 and have served there since. Isabel and I were married in HK 40 years ago this year and we have 4 children and 4 (soon to be 5 hopefully!) grandchildren.

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Brian Woo



Born in Beijing and raised in Hong Kong, Brian trained as a film director after graduating from HKAPA in its inaugural graduation year. He ran his own advertising agency for 14 years and later formed a child education institute in Hong Kong. His life began to change after attending the Alpha Course at Union Church in 2002. He married Carrine in 2004 and they were both baptized in the same year. By the grace of God, they have a daughter, Hannah. Worshipping and serving at Union Church for over 10 years has been a joy, especially in audio-visual, Tuesday evening bible study group and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Alpha Course Hong Kong. Brian furthered his studies by obtaining a MBA from University of Wales.

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Catriona Woodrow



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Christine Wu



Christine was born and grew up in Singapore. At the age of 15, she attended an evangelistic concert organized by Eagles Communications, a Christian group, where she gave her life to Christ. Through their fellowship meetings and bible studies, Christine grew in her faith as a young Christian. At university, she was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. Christine was baptized at the Wesley Methodist Church in Singapore. After graduating from university, she came to Hong Kong to work in institutional equities sales with a financial institution in 1990. Christine met her husband Walter in Hong Kong and they have two children, Geraldine and Thomas. The family has been attending Union Church since 2002. Christine has served in the church’s Committee of Management and also as the Committee Secretary. She is actively involved in the U Café worship service and also attends the Wednesday ladies lunchtime small group.

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Yan Yu



Yan joined Wall Street as a derivatives trader in 2004, based in London. The bank relocated her to Hong Kong 10 years ago and she has been attending Union Church since then. Outside of work Yan is also a Chinese classical poetry writer, her book was published in 2012.

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Anson Wang

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT: Chair, Property and BUFF Liaison


I was born in Shanghai and grew up in the United States. I am blessed to be raised in a Christian family. Both of my parents were educated in schools founded by missionaries in China. My father was a man of great faith, constantly praising God and walking closely with the Lord. He was the Provost and Chief Administrative Officer of Chiang Kai Shek University in Jiangxi Province, a career that was interrupted by China’s civil war.

In 1949, my father escaped with the family to Taiwan on the last flight out of Guilin. The miraculous escape was recounted to us many times. There were no longer any scheduled flights or other means out of China. As a man anchored in the God’s word, he prayed faithfully for help, and one day he heard the Lord’s voice telling him to go into town. There he wandered aimlessly until he came across an abandoned airline office. The Lord led him in and he found a pilot waiting for his plane to be refueled. This pilot turned out to be a long lost high school friend. My father always believed that this pilot had been sent as an “angel” to arrange his family’s transport on the DC-3 out of Mainland China.

My mother, brother and I are all believers in the Lord. In the 1950’s, my father was with the Department of Agriculture in Taiwan before the Lord again led him and his family to the United States. I was a teenager when I accepted the Lord as my Savior. I lived the faith growing up and was active in Christian fellowship at the University. After my studies, I joined an international bank in New York and was sent overseas with my wife, Anita and we lived in various countries before settling in Hong Kong, which is now our home.

Life in Hong Kong was hectic with work, travel commitments and I slowly drifted away from the faith. It was not until our daughter, Olivia was born that we were united in faith and led back to the Lord. We started worshipping at Union Church and both Anita and Olivia were baptized at Union. Our lives have been blessed in many ways since then. A few years ago, I served on the CoM at Union Church, but I stepped down after two years as I was away too often and was unable to make any significant contributions. However, my work situation has changed now and I am looking forward to joining CoM to contribute and making a difference for the Lord’s kingdom.

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Michael Birley



I grew up in the North West of England near Manchester and went to school in the English Midlands. After dropping out of Medical School to go into Shipping, I have been working as a shipbroker for the last 42 years, 23 of them in Hong Kong. Today I work for the Langton Shipping Group.
I first came to HK in 1984, have two children from my first marriage Frederica (25) and Monty (22) who both live in London, but are frequent visitors to Hong Kong. I met Anne in Hong Kong and we were married at Union Church 7 years ago, adding her children Zachary (21) and Ceilidh (18) to the family as well!
I was christened and confirmed in the Church of England, but it was not until 2001 that I committed my life to the Lord during an Alpha Course at Holy Trinity Brompton in London. After that I became more involved with Alpha, helping and leading small groups and eventually becoming an Alpha advisor when we moved out of London in 2002. After my first marriage broke up, I found the HTB Divorce and Separation Recovery Course a vital part in the process of reconstructing my life and as a result became involved with helping on this course in London and eventually assisting other churches to start their own courses.
I joined the congregation at the Union Church 12 years ago on my return to Hong Kong and served on COM for three years from 2009. Anne and I run the Recovering from Divorce and Separation ministry here and I continue to be involved Alpha and Family Life. Prayer has been be a bedrock for me in my walk and together with others at Union we pray weekly for the Church and our community.
A revelation for me was the importance of the Trinity and the work that Holy Spirit plays in changing lives and situations.
Our church is in the process of rebuilding at 22a Kennedy Road but I feel more importantly, also building on our the spiritual bedrock and developing a new leadership team to take is into the 20’s “a hope and a future for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose”. My hope is that we can extend that message to many more in our community who have not yet experienced the joy and excitement of a personal relationship with Jesus.
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George Ding



George was born and brought up in Hunan, China. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City in 2004. He met his wife, Jeeyun at Redeemer and they got married in Hong Kong after joining Union Church in 2007. They have three boys, Wilfred, Maximus and Jacob. Union Church has been an integral part of his spiritual journey. He recently joined the Missions Committee and has been active with his small group, Walk to Emmaus and several charities. Working in finance for over 20 years in Hong Kong, New York and then back to Hong Kong, he served as an advisor to the China Ping An Insurance and CEO of Hua An Asset Management. He is a co-founder of Apostles Capital.

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Timothy Ng

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT: Deputy Treasurer, Young Adult & Professional Ministry


Tim was raised in Hong Kong. He holds a law degree from the University of Manchester, and a Master degree from the Tsinghua University, Beijing. He returned to Hong Kong in the summer of 2016, and has since joined Accenture as a management consulting analyst. He currently manages several banking system upgrade projects and provides project management services to clients in the financial sector.

Tim has been attending Union Church for more than 20 years ever since a young age. He had attended the Sunday school, youth group, and eventually baptized at Union Church in 2006. He is currently a member of the young adult small group FM 40.31. Tim also attends the 5pm service and has been actively involved in the worship ministry, both at Union and outside. He is currently serving in the Relocation Committee, and desires to help ‘build Union for the future’.

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Bronwyn Alexander



I have been worshipping at Union Church since the early 1990s, together with my husband, Charles. The pending arrival of our first child in 1991/92 prompted my search for a closer relationship with Jesus, despite having grown up in the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Union was a great place to grow spiritually with many loving, supportive people. Our three children were baptized at Union Church.
I have previously served on CoM and was part of one of the earliest redevelopment committees. I have also taught Sunday School, headed the Missions ministry team, participated in and helped Charles co-lead small groups, in addition to other areas of service.
During most of our 29 years in Hong Kong, I have worked in marketing and corporate communications roles, recently at VP level for a global design firm. Since January 2017, I have led the marketing and communications function as a director at ELEVATE Hong Kong Holdings Limited. I also chair the Board of Christian Solidarity Worldwide Hong Kong, an organization that prays for and serves the persecuted church in Asia.
Over the decades, I have had the privilege to pray for and witness Union’s growth and the many stages of the church’s own journey. Our family has seen how the Lord loves His church and has used the Body of Christ to nurture, protect, disciple and restore people and families. I can personally attest to this in my own life – if you want to know more, please ask me.
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Doris Cheung



I had attended a few churches in Hong Kong since my return from the US but had decided to settle in Union Church since 2001. 
I have been serving in the choir for probably a decade though can't recall exact number of years.
I attended 12 years of Catholic schooling in Hong Kong and attended masses regularly and always felt a special connection to Christianity. I decided to receive Jesus Christ as my Saviour during my first year of college in the US during a Christian conference in Chicago back in 1992.  The cross vividly popped up in my mind when there was a prayer to call for believers to come forth.
God gave me a clear message last year that I needed to take time off from work to rest up and wait for His next calling. I therefore retired from a firm where I had spent 17 years and have been a full time mom since last April. I am still praying for what’s next in His plan for me.
I appreciate and look forward to the opportunity to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ in CoM and more importantly to learn how to serve. 
I live in Sai Kung with my husband Swanson and our son Decimus. 
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Jonathan Ah-Weng



Jonathan was born in the Seychelles and grew up in Hong Kong, spending his early years in Hong Kong before attending boarding school in Scotland and completing his tertiary education in England. He returned to Hong Kong in 2001 and qualified as a barrister in 2003.
Jonathan’s first exposure to the Christian faith was through attending a Catholic primary school in Hong Kong and an Anglican secondary school. Prior to meeting his wife, he attended meetings at a small protestant church in Jordan. Jonathan met his wife Gwen in Hong Kong, and were married in 2011. He was baptized the same year. Having attended various churches locally in Hong Kong, they found Union Church to be their spiritual home, and have attended the 9.30am (now 9.45am) service since late 2011. They have since joined a small group and have found comfort and support in the Union Church family. Their two daughters, Emmanuelle and Eilidh, also attend Sunday school and creche respectively.
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Andrew Lo



Andrew was born in Hong Kong and accepted Christ when he was attending high school in the US in 1980.  Andrew is married to Debbie Chung and they have one son, Adrian Lo, born in Hong Kong in 1995.  The family started coming to Union Church in 2014.  Debbie is a member of EFCC Tung Fook Church but she also attends the worship service on Sunday with Andrew and Adrian at Union.  The family is grateful to Union Church for being such a loving and caring church.

Professionally Andrew has been in the investment management industry in Hong Kong in 1994 and became Chief Executive Officer for the Asia Pacific region since 2001.

Andrew received a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College in the U.S.

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Juliana Rotmeyer

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT: Adult Education Ministry


Originally from North Carolina, Juliana has lived in Asia for the past 17 years. She met her husband Jeff in South Korea and together moved to Hong Kong in 2005. They have one daughter Ella, who is soon to be 8. Juliana comes from a strong Christian background attending an Episcopal Church through childhood, baptized as a baby, confirmed and an acolyte. When their daughter turned 3, Juliana went in search of a similar Christian upbringing for Ella. Together Jeff, Ella and Juliana felt an immediate connection to Union Church and joined as members on their second Sunday in 2014. Juliana quickly further connected through Pastor Michele’s Friday small group and has thoroughly enjoyed transforming Union for several ladies dinners. She was recently the speaker at the last Ladies dinner and the Ladies Vietnam retreat and is grateful to have ways to give back to Union church.

Juliana received 2 degrees in Architecture in America and furthered her education with a PhD in Architecture from The University of Hong Kong. She has practiced Architecture in NYC with Arquitectonica, taught Interior Design in South Korea and carried out her own projects in private practice in BKK + throughout HK. Currently, she is a Professor of Interior Design at SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong, Creative Director for Impact HK and Love 21 Foundation.

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Trevor Tam



Trevor is head of Asia Pacific Investment Management Division Operations. He serves on the Asia Pacific Operations Women's Network and is the co-chair of the Asia Pacific New Instrument Committee (Goldman Sachs Asset Management). Previously, Trevor managed various Derivatives Operations teams throughout his career in Asia Pacific. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1997 as an analyst and was named managing director in 2011.
Prior to joining the firm, Trevor worked at HSBC and Hong Kong Telecom as a systems programmer.
Trevor earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 1997 and a BAS in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1993.