Asia-CMS, partner organisation of Church Mission Society, has today announced that the Rev Dr Chan Nam Chen has been appointed as its executive director and leader of the organisation.
After several rounds of dialogue during a global search and selection process that lasted for almost four months, the Asia-CMS board has discerned that Dr Chan demonstrates the competency, experience and character required for the office and has unanimously voted to call Dr Chan to the position. He will take office in his new role from 1 January 2018.
The Rev Dr Chan Nam Chen is originally from Malaysia and is currently the district superintendent of Sabah for the Assemblies of God, Malaysia. In 2016, he obtained a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in the USA, focusing on intercultural leadership effectiveness.
Dr Chan is a seasoned practitioner, having been a cross-cultural church planter among different ethnic groups including an unreached people group, and later a trainer of church-planting teams. He has also served as the senior pastor of a large church that mobilised and sent missionaries overseas.
Following his appointment Dr Chan said, “The critical role for Asia-CMS is to help facilitate and forge mutual partnerships between the different parts of the church; partnerships that are less about ‘how may we help you?’ but more of ‘how can we do it together?’”
Dr Chan is also a renowned speaker in the region and is passionate about raising up leaders in mission. He is convinced that mission in Asia requires the crossing of all types of boundaries, not merely those of geography and ethnicity.
Philip Mounstephen, executive leader of Church Mission Society, commented: “We are delighted to hear of Dr Chan’s appointment. He brings a wealth of practical experience in cross-cultural mission, has reflected deeply upon that, and has a passion for developing effective leaders in mission.
“This is a very good fit for us in Church Mission Society. We look forward to increasingly close co-operation in mission between our two sister organisations as we press forward together in the work of the kingdom of God.”