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 as well as the women’s worker for the 4pm Congregation. She’s happily married to Wenhao, who also attends The Crossing’s 4pm 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.
Although Nicole spent many Sundays at church with her family throughout her teenage years, she was never truly interested in what the Bible had to say back then. But God, in His mercy, allowed her to subsequently discover the eternal value of understanding and following His Word.
Once she grasped what the gospel’s saving grace really meant, life for Nicole was never the same. Today, knowing that a powerful, sovereign and loving God is in charge of her life gives her assurance that everything is a part of God’s good plan, despite her inability to see it that way sometimes!
Nicole is an administrator for The Crossing Church. When she is not doing admin, she enjoys playing with colour in the form of makeup artistry. She is married to Tim and they are both part of the 4pm Congregation.
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.
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.
Stuck in a dentist’s chair, Elsie could not run anywhere as he started to share about Christianity and challenged her to find out about its truths for herself. Eventually, she found out that the bible is not a made-up self-help book that teaches good morals, but a historical book that explains what God is doing in this world. Slowly but surely, God opened her heart and mind to the gospel, and she began to grasp her need for salvation, given freely through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
She began her teaching career in a secondary school, but having benefitted from the word ministry of her church while studying in Brisbane and back home at The Crossing, she started to see the tremendous value in teaching God’s word, and joined the G360 program in 2020.
In her free time, Elsie enjoys watching room makeovers and vlogs on Youtube, playing Rummikub on her iPad, and pondering why some people would choose to live on a sailboat. Her favourite movies are based on true stories, and she’s been waiting for Vikas Swarup to release his next novel.
Elsie serves in the 11am congregation.
Caleb grew up in in a Christian home (praise God for that!) and has been serving in church and opening up the Bible ever since he can remember. Yet, his whole ‘Christian’ life had been a lie, because underneath it all he was really living for himself. It wasn’t until he was exposed to solid expository Bible teaching that he was confronted with the gripping realities of sin, grace and the Lordship of Christ, and brought from death to life Jesus. Because of that, he wants everyone to encounter the glorious Lord Jesus in His life-changing Word, especially Christians who might be in the same dangerous situation as he once was.
He studied Chemistry in NUS, and thereafter did events and admin work in non-profit organisations, in a government agency and in The Crossing before coming on board as a G360 trainee.
He really enjoys food (eating and cooking), football (YNWA!), tennis, music, the occasional video game and having a good laugh. He’s also a bit of a nerd who can’t stop looking to gain and share knowledge about what he loves (thankfully that now includes Jesus and His Word)!
Caleb serves in the 11am congregation team.
2pm Mandarin Congregation
Ng Jun Bin
Jun Bin grew up antagonistic to Christianity and thought that it was no more than a psychological crutch. All that changed during his time in Singapore Management University when he attended a summer Bible study with one aim – to prove Christianity wrong. Being proven wrong that summer is the best thing that happened to him. He realized that Jesus does exist, and the God understood him more than he ever understood himself – a sinner at the core of his being. In the years since, his desire grew for people to experience the good news of Jesus – of Christ and Man United.
Jun Bin is husband to Lydia and husband to three children. They enjoy reading, playing board games, and exploring nature together as a family.
After working for four years in the insurance industry in both the private and public sector, Jun Bin trained for full-time paid Christian work through the Gospel 360 Training Scheme for 2 years. He returned to serve at The Crossing Church after completing his studies at Evangelical Theological College of Asia (MDiv). With a passion to promote expository teaching in Mandarin, he currently serves as the Congregation Pastor for the 2pm Mandarin-speaking Congregation.
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. He is now one of the pastors in the 2pm Mandarin Congregation.
Binh Soo enjoys watching science fiction, building cardboard furniture for his children, and hopes to find someone to teach him Tai chi!
Marcus started going to church with his family from a young age and thought that being Christian was about doing the right thing. His life goal was to earn lots and lots and lots of money. But, during university in Sydney, he started studying the bible and learnt that being alive is for the sake of King Jesus and the gospel.
Since then, he has worked in Compliance in banks and has seen that many comply with regulations only out of fear. What a contrast this is with the joyful obedience found in Christ Jesus.
Marcus is married to Hsin and they have two children. Together, they are a part of the Mandarin congregation in hope that more mandarin speakers will hear the gospel.
In his free time, Marcus enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, watching lots of sports, watching Netflix, listening to podcasts, having a good burger and coffee.
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.
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.
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.
Despite growing up thinking of herself as a Christian and nice person, Phoebe’s life was marked by an endless cycle of craving affirmation while never getting enough of it. With questions, pain, and a whole bunch of arguments against Christianity from friends and teachers swirling around inside her, Phoebe left for Germany on a scholarship to study comparative linguistics and translation theory. In God’s kindness, on a lonely, cold winter’s Sunday where Phoebe could not be bothered with church, she stumbled upon online material that explained the Bible in a logical and rigorous way that required her to turn on rather than switch off her mind. Suddenly the Bible no longer seemed like a mysterious quote book but a book to be understood and scrutinised in its description of the world we live in. Over the years that followed, Phoebe was convinced that the Bible was actually coherent and accurate, and that what had disappointed her those past years was not God, but her own distorted ideas based on her gut feelings about an abstract “God” of her own making. The Bible, on the other hand, was God’s kind means to point people He loves to Himself, fully revealed in the trustworthy, self-sacrificial, all-powerful Jesus Christ. As Phoebe recognised how deeply she had rejected this real God, Jesus then became exceedingly precious to her as the one who has saved her from herself so that she can live with Him forever. She looks forward greatly to the day when He will return and wipe away every tear.
Moving back to Singapore in 2014, Phoebe spent about five years with secondary and JC students teaching them German as a foreign language school subject and exploring with them the implications of different people viewing the world through different lenses. Phoebe enjoys trying the latest experimental dish that her husband Rob has cooked and going on long walks with him. She also likes cycling in nature, as well as a good bowl of Müsli or Yong Tau Foo, enjoyed even more in the context of an honest and direct heart-to-heart conversation.
Phoebe is part of the teams taking care of the Youth Group and the 4pm congregation.
Tim was blessed to grow up in a Christian family, had a decent education and has always been surrounded by many good friends. However, in his teenage years he had a heart-wrenching fight with his best friend that made him realize that despite all of God’s goodness, he had spurned God, made use of his friends and selfishly lived for himself. After that fateful day, he turned around and started to live for Jesus as his King ever since.
He is married to his lovely wife, Lianne, and has one boy, with another due in August 2020. He studied Industrial Engineering and thus can be obsessed at times with optimizing everything from travel routes to even the temperature which food should be eaten.
Tim loves hanging out with family and friends, doing sports like soccer, squash, tennis, and playing board games, so feel free to ask him along for any of these!