MEET OUR STAFF
Serving God is our utmost joy and honour. Meet the team that keeps GCC thriving!
Pastor Paul Liu was born and raised in Chicago, USA. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at the University of Illinois and received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary.
Pastor Paul met Jesus when he was a first year student in university. His calling was confirmed over time and involved: being convinced by reading the Bible that God is a missionary God, a burden that became a conviction to serve God in Asia, lessons learned through multiple short-term trips, a sense of God’s leading nurtured in prayer, and the wise counsel of other believers.
Before moving to Singapore, Pastor Paul was on staff at Grace Covenant Church Philadelphia for many years. There, he met his wife Ailsa. In 2005, they followed God’s call to Indonesia and, in 2015, the Lord led Pastor Paul, Ailsa, and their daughters Caitlyn, Hannah, and Olivia to Singapore to plant Grace Covenant Church Singapore.
Pastor Paul’s passion is helping people to know Christ for themselves. He is also passionate about reading, coffee, movies, durian, and Chicago Sports.
Staff - Youth Group and Missions
Tess was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She studied Film & Television and Violin Performance at Boston University and received her Master of Divinity from East Asia School of Theology.
Tess felt God calling her to missions early in life. Year by year, doors opened for her to go to unreached places and when she was 19 she took her first step out as a long-term missionary. God brought her to Singapore in 2016 and she has been walking step-by-step ever since!
In Singapore, Tess met her husband Sam, a boxer.
Tess’s greatest desire is to see Jesus come back. She can’t wait for the day that Revelation 21:3 becomes reality: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” With her life and with the things that she creates, Tess hopes to build bridges between heaven and earth-- creating atmospheres that open the door for the Holy Spirit to enter where He has never been invited.
Tess loves all things music and performance. She also enjoys various types of physical training and has even competed as an amateur boxer. In her spare time, Tess eats good food and plays Tetris while she rewatches The Office, Friends, and the LOTR appendices.
Lay Staff - Children's Ministry
Crystal was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. She studied Marketing at Georgia State University before moving to Singapore in August 2017.
Crystal started going to church from the time she was in her mother’s belly. However, she didn’t accept Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour until freshman year of high school. She committed a year to God through AMI’s One-Year Missionary Internship program after graduating college. During her internship, she felt God confirm her call to ministry-- which is why she’s still here in Singapore!
Crystal loves helping others discover their God-given gifts and walking alongside brothers and sisters as they experience God’s transforming love in their lives. She has a special place in her heart for the elderly and children. Although these two groups sit on opposite ends of the spectrum, Crystal believes that one can never be too old or too young to experience Jesus!
“My spirit animal is a sloth.” Like a sloth, Crystal enjoys eating a variety of fruits and vegetables (along with the occasional burger and fries combo) and sleeping as much as she can in her free time. Recently, however, she has also picked up reading, embroidery, and challenging her friends to Fitbit battles.
CHRIS & SHINHE CHO
Lay Staff - Welcoming & Strategy
Chris was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Seoul, and spent his college years at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne where he earned his mechanical engineering degree. That’s where God called him to a “business as missions” platform through Covenant Fellowship Church. It wasn’t until he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he met his vivacious wife, Shinhe, while they served Journey Church of Atlanta’s local refugee community in Clarkson. They both bonded over a shared love and passion for missions! Shinhe, from South Florida, studied Political Science at Emory University. In 2012, she was sent as a One-Year Missionary Intern to Indonesia with Pastor Paul and his family. It was one of the best years of her life and through that, her heartstrings pulled for God’s name to be known to the ends of the earth.
In 2016, God brought the Cho family from Atlanta to London, where they had their precious daughter, Sophia, and then onto Singapore in 2018. They are grateful to be serving at Grace Covenant Church with such a dedicated community of Christ-followers!
Chris is a mixed martial arts enthusiast, loves building things from scratch - beer, cheese, bacon, and cardboard forts for their daughter. Shinhe enjoys food, laughing and watching their hilarious child grow up. Chris and Shinhe enjoy being active and have accomplished an epic walk across Singapore's north to south borders - next is the perimeter!
Lay Staff - Community Group
Joel was born in Australia and grew up moving around the world with his missionary parents. He studied Accounting at the University of Southern California. There he attended the Church of Southland-- where he met his beautiful wife, Tiffany, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received a Bachelors of Art in Journalism from Biola University and has a Masters in TESOL.
Tiffany was raised in a Christian home, but she didn’t meet Christ until her freshman year of college. There, God led her to know Him in deeper ways and she received her calling as an expat missionary shortly after the Church of Southland sent her as a One-Year Missionary Intern. Growing up around the world as a missionary kid, Joel felt like he never had a “normal” childhood. But in 2012, God revealed to him that his upbringing was not a curse, but an enormous blessing that very few people experience in their lifetimes. As a result, his heart was changed and a calling for missions was instilled in his mind. In July 2019, Joel and Tiffany (with baby Makayla still growing in the womb) arrived in Singapore.
Joel’s passion is to help people in whatever way he can by utilizing his God-given gifts of finance and planning, as well as ushering people into seasons of growth and intimacy with God. Tiffany’s passion is to participate in God’s global work of redemption and restoration.Joel enjoys rock climbing and board games while Tiff loves baking and exploring Singapore. They both adore spending quality time and playing with their baby girl, Makayla!
Staff - Associate Pastor
Pastor David was born and raised in Singapore. He studied Social Work at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL, USA and received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Theological College Singapore.
He grew up in a Christian family but left his church and was in bad company before God met him at a Youth for Christ (YFC) camp. He was powerfully converted and returned to church and YFC to serve. By this time he had already forgotten that years before his conversion he had received a call to pastoral ministry at the age of 12. Still, God faithfully orchestrated and prepared Pastor David until finally, in 2009, he entered full time ministry.
Prior to joining GCC, David was a police officer and social worker before finally became a young adult pastor, Chinese congregation pastor, associate, and then senior pastor. He is grateful to the grace of God for using him in many capacities.
He has been married since 2006 to Mary Jade-- whom he met in China while they worked in World Vision China. They have two beautiful daughters-- Charis and Charity. Mary Jade was born in Hong Kong and studied at Hong Kong Baptist University. She worked as administrative and ministry staff in churches from 2009 to 2014 before becoming a full-time housewife. She enjoys serving the Lord, meeting people, evangelism, and intercession.
Pastor David is passionate about mission, making disciples and mentoring. He hopes to see great revival and desires to be where God’s presence is tangible. In his free time he likes to study the Bible, read theology books, read world news, and hang out with friends. His favourite TV shows include Secret Millionaire, Undercover Boss and he enjoys watching Korean dramas. His prayer is that God will use him to build authentic disciples and help people to maximise their giftings for the Lord.