Reverend YAP Kim Hao
Pastoral Advisor & Church Council
Rev Dr Yap Kim Hao, in his retirement from full-time Christian ministry, serves as Pastoral Advisor to the Free Community Church, a role he regards as a calling of God. Even as this ministry affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people in opposition to the stance of the institutional church, he is convinced this is a ministry he cannot evade, a responsibility he cannot avoid — to declare Christ’s inclusive love to those who have been ostracized and neglected for far too long by the Church. Rev Dr Yap was the first Asian Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysian and Singapore. Subsequently he served as General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia, an ecumenical organization of over a hundred churches and national council of churches in Asia. He holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from Boston University and was honoured by them with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988. In addition to his ministry with FCC, Dr Rev Yap continues to serve on the Council of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) in Singapore and is committed to the promotion of inter-faith dialogue and understanding.
Rev. Miak SIEW
Executive Pastor & Church Council
Miak has been serving as FCC’s full time pastor since he was ordained by the Metropolitan Community Churches in 2011 after completing his Master in Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He received the Koinonia Award for his contributions to spiritual, social and community life during his time in PSR.
He believes that while religion has been often the cause of conflict and oppression, it can also be a source of strength and hope and an agent for change. His own marginalisation as a gay man has sensitised him to the suffering and oppression of other marginalised groups. He hopes he can live up to what is required – To do justice, and to love kindness and and to walk humbly with God – Micah 6:8
Pauline grew up learning about God while she was attending a mission school. She was drawn to this loving God but she struggled to reconcile her spirituality and sexuality because she was sure God could never accept someone who was gay. But God reached out to her in a special way when she was 19 and that personal encounter changed her life. Going to seminary deepened her walk with God further and contributed to her journey towards reconciliation. A long-time member of the Methodist Church, she has served in various ministries, both locally and overseas. She spent four years in Japan, serving as a project coordinator in Love Japan 2000, a project initiated by Campus Crusade Asia Ltd. In that capacity, she helped set up partnerships with the local Japanese government and churches to organize community projects, mission trips and intercultural activities for Singaporean teams and their Japanese hosts. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Japanese Studies from the National University of Singapore. Placed on the Dean’s List for meritorious achievement, she remains a lifelong student of contemporary cultures and societies. She also holds a Master of Arts (Intercultural Studies) from Singapore Bible College and a Master in Counselling from Monash University. Motivated by her passion to nurture spiritually and emotionally healthy communities, Pauline is humbled by the opportunity to serve as a pastor in FCC.