Our leaders teach us from God’s word, the Bible, and guide us spiritually to keep on choosing Christ each and every day.
They are not perfect in any way, but they exist as transparent models for us of what the Christian life is meant to look like.
In his former life, Denesh used to report on facts of a quarterly or annual financial significance in his capacity as a business journalist for The Straits Times. But he has traded that in to report on facts of an eternal spiritual significance as founding pastor of The Crossing Church.
Denesh read Economics at The London School of Economics (BSc Econs). He trained for theology Down Under at Moore Theological College (BTh) and then pursued a Research Masters at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (ThM).
He is married to Deborah and they have three children. Denesh is a long-suffering fan of Liverpool Football Club…but he knows that in Christ, he will truly never walk alone!
Denesh is also President of Project Timothy.
Even though she attended a Catholic school, Charmaine was never truly interested in religion and preferred to think of herself as a “Free Thinker”. However, a number of life events conspired to bring her to Christ, in whom she now finds absolute joy and contentment. Charmaine, who’s affectionately known as Char, is the The Crossing Church’s administrator but she also dabbles in freelance writing (she’s been in the industry for 8 years and counting). She’s happily married to her best friend, Wenhao, who also attends The Crossing’s 430pm service.
Charmaine Ng is an administrator of the The Crossing Church.
Charmaine started investigating Christianity while studying Accounting at SMU. After attending The Crossing Church, she finally understood that sin was not merely about doing bad things, it was rejecting God! Thankfully, Jesus has paid for it all and by His grace, Charmaine became a Christian.
Charmaine is the part-time church accountant. She is happily married to Zhi Yoong and they have one daughter, Chloe. Together, they enjoy morning runs, grocery shopping and eating yummy food!
Charmaine Phua is also an administrator of the The Crossing Church.
Chris was brought up attending Sunday School and church but it wasn’t until university that he began to grasp the gospel and its implications for his life. That made him put his plans to be a world famous lawyer (in his dreams) on hold to test whether full-time gospel ministry was right for him. He taught the gospel to students in Cambridge, UK before joining the staff of Crossing as an associate in 2010.
In 2013, he went back to the UK to receive formal training for ministry at Oak Hill Theological before returning to serve at The Crossing in October 2016. Chris has had the joy of being married to Ting since September 2015. He enjoys playing sport, board games, and watching TV shows with Ting.
Chris is a Pastor-Elder and is the Congregation Pastor for the 9am Congregation.
Stuart is from the UK. He became a Christian while studying at University College London as he read the bible with a friend and became convinced he was who Jesus said he was (a sinner) and Jesus was who He said He is (Lord and Saviour). He studied history there for almost eight years gaining his PhD in 2008, but after that devoted himself full time to telling other people His story.
Stuart trained for Christian ministry as an Associate at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London, before moving to Singapore to work for the Crossing Church in 2010. There he met and married Chew-Chern. Then they moved to Sydney, where Stuart studied at Moore Theological College (BTh), before returning to Singapore in 2015.
He enjoys devouring TV series on DVD, running, squash and, very occasionally, watching Arsenal.
Stuart is a Pastor-Elder and is involved in training small group leaders and G360 trainees.
Liew Binh Soo
Binh Soo is husband to Mabel and father of 2 beautiful girls.
He grew up with an overdose of the fear of God in a traditional chinese church and discovered the grace of Jesus while studying in the UK. Both he and Mabel are passionate about PRC Chinese coming to Christ through the Gospel and returning to China as ambassadors for Christ. To that end, Binh Soo gave up his third love – tunnel engineering- and trained for ministry at Oak Hill College, hoping to go into mandarin ministry. He graduated and moved back to Singapore in July 2017.
Binh Soo enjoys watching science fiction, building cardboard furniture for his children, and hopes to find someone to teach him Tai chi!
Zoe became a Christian by God’s grace when she was studying Arts Management at LASALLE. She went on to work in the arts and social sector and dabble in cultural diplomacy work for a couple of years after.
In her free time, she hangs out with people over good coffee, watching films and going for art exhibitions. She also enjoys film photography, reading and exploring new places on foot.
She joined the G360 programme in January 2018 and helps out with the women’s ministry at Crossing.
Dan is from an island south of Singapore called Australia. Once upon a time he was an aspiring musician and songwriter with no Christian background or upbringing. But after a lengthy season of investigating Christianity (prompted by some loving musician friends who were following Jesus) he was converted on a warm Melbourne morning over a plate of bacon and eggs. Things have never been the same.
After serving in youth ministry in Melbourne, Dan relocated to Perth in 2014 to study at Trinity Theological College (BTh) to further prepare to serve Jesus and his church. According to plan, he received his theology degree. To his surprise, however, he also received a Singaporean wife, Pearlyn, with whom he now lives and raises their daughter and son.
Dan loves Singaporean food – especially chicken rice, duck rice, wanton noodle, carrot cake, teh + kaya toast, chaw siew bo lo butter buns (this is the short list) – sports, and reading old books.
Though Seb grew up in a Christian home, it wasn’t until much later that he realised (i) that Christianity wasn’t about how good he was, but how good Jesus is, and (ii) the Bible is how you get to know Jesus in a deep, personal way.
He studied Physics, but thereafter worked as the lead developer of a trading card game in a Japanese company – edited the rules, determined the mechanics, etc – for two years before coming onboard as a G360 trainee.
He enjoys video games, books, music, food, Netflix. He has been trying to enjoy exercise and vegetables more.
Seb is part of the Planet Faith (kids’ programme) team, and oversees the Christianity Explored and Life Explored courses at The Crossing as well. He also serves with the 9AM congregation. Come and say hello (or こんにちは) on Sunday, especially if you speak any Japanese! ٩( ᐛ )و
Tom had been a member of the The Crossing Church for about two years before joining the church’s ministry exposure and training program (Gospel 360) in 2013. In 2016 he was sent for formal theological education in Moore Theological College Sydney and has now returned to serve as one of its pastors.
He used to work in the School of the Arts’ Library and describes his old job as ‘shushing and shelving’. Tom now serves as the Congregation Pastor for the 11am Congregation.
Kenneth’s journey to becoming a Christian began with a playful desire to mock Christianity. However, self-reading of the Bible led quickly to attending Christian public lectures and conferences during his university days. His mad love for engineering and his pursuit of a Bachelor in Engineering ended as his world got turned upside-down (rather right-side up!) by the gospel of Jesus.
Kenneth stopped engineering, worked and saved, found a wife who loves Jesus, did ministry apprenticeship and theological studies in Sydney, and headed to Kuala Lumpur in 2011, where he served as a pastor at St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral for 6 years before relocating to Singapore in 2017.
He is husband to Vivian and father to 2 children. Family favorite hangouts include Mandai Zoo, bouldering gyms, West Coast Park, and our living cum board games room!
Kenneth serves as the Family Pastor in the Crossing and serves in the 1130am congregation.
Gabriel (or Gabe for short) grew up going to church thinking that being a Christian was all about being a good moralistic nice guy (or girl). It was only in university when a friend read the Bible with him did he finally understand how the Bible is all about Jesus, and finally get how awesome God’s Gospel of Grace is – that it’s faith in Christ and his work that saves us from God’s righteous judgement, not our personal moral performance. Since discovering God’s glorious Gospel in the Bible, Gabe desires to show how the Bible points to Christ as faithfully, clearly and persuasively as possible, just as it was done for him.
After graduating from university, Gabe worked in a government statutory board and a bank before joining The Crossing’s G360 programme. He then went on to train to be a pastor at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia.
Gabe is husband to April and father to 2 lovely children. He enjoys watching Netflix with April, chatting with the kids before bedtime, running and cycling, and is confident 2019 is finally Liverpool FC’s year to win the Premier League. (Note to self: revisit this writeup in 2020).
Gabe serves as a Family Pastor, focusing on children and youth. He attends the 1130am congregation with his family.
Rob met his Singaporean wife Phoebe when they were both studying in Germany. He studied linguistics and German because he knew that words were important but it was only after reading the Bible that he realised the reason words matter is because God has spoken. After working as a language teacher, he studied at the Bible college ETC Asia in Singapore.
He comes from Melbourne, Australia, which is the coffee capital of the world though he only started drinking it when he moved to Singapore. He loves having the right tool for the job which is why his kitchen is full of gadgets. He is searching for the greatest burger in Singapore.
Rob thinks it’s a real joy to be able to teach people the good news about Jesus from the Bible, his favourite verse in the Bible is Revelation 22:4: “They will see His face” and
Christians being faithful to their king Jesus in the middle of suffering is one of the few things that can make him cry.
Rob serves as the Congregation Pastor for the 4pm Congregation.
Sonja was born in Germany, then raised in Australia, and has called Singapore home the last few years. Having so many different earthly homes, she’s always reminded that her true and lasting citizenship is in heaven, and for this she is extremely thankful.
She trained as a radiographer, and then re-trained at Moore Theological College to be equipped for Word ministry. She loves campus ministry in particular, and spends half her time with university students, as well as serving at The Crossing. Come and say hi to her on a Sunday if you’re visiting- she’s an extrovert who would love to meet you!
Sonja is a Woman’s Worker for the 4pm congregation.
Dave studied Maths at Durham University, before completing a two-year ministry training course in his home town of Blackburn. He then worked for six years for a travel company doing online marketing, spending four years in Manchester and then a two-year spell in Singapore.
In 2012, he left the marketing world to study theology in London at Oak Hill College.
Dave, his wife Helen, and his three young children, Florence, Benjamin and George love the weather and food which are both better here than in the UK, but they miss British desserts! In his spare time Dave enjoys playing piano, board games and Xbox, as well as watching films with Helen.
Dave spends his time teaching and training university students in the gospel. He also serves in the 4pm congregation.
Jonathan had been to church as a child, but came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour for himself as an international student in the UK. After completing his studies in English Literature, Jonathan stayed on in the UK to train and serve in Gospel work among international students at City Church, Birmingham, and Christ Church Mayfair, London.
Jonathan returned back to Singapore in 2011 to work for The Crossing Church, after which he pursued theological training at Moore College, Sydney, from 2014 till 2017.
Jonathan is an avid reader of mystery novels and manga, a keen watcher of Chinese sword-fighting drama serials, and an amateur player of the flute.
Jonathan serves as a Pastor for the 4pm congregation.
Eileen spent the most part of her life living in Singapore but had her life truly shaped when she learnt the complete picture of the gospel in her time as an international student with Saint Lucia Evangelical (SLE) Church Brisbane. God was able, in his goodness, to show her the glory of the gospel, in which she finds all joy.
Since then, she’s worked a number of years as a physiotherapist both in Brisbane, Sydney and more recently in Singapore. She also did a two year stint in the ministry apprenticeship program with FOCUS, the international student ministry of Campus Bible Study at the University of New South Wales – where she gained insight to how one place can attract, prepare and send christians out to take their place in God’s mission around the world!
She’s married to Raphael, whom she met at 4pm church and together they delight in partnering in ministry and all of life. She enjoys the outdoors, but loves plants and bubble tea in indoor spaces, and hopes to someday make better filter coffee!
Eileen serves in the 4pm congregation.