ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

Uniting volunteers, ministers and people with a heart to reach out to prisoners, ex-offenders and their families, so that God’s love may be made manifest in and through us as the body of Christ.
Discover more about prison ministry and how we can build an Inclusive Church, reaching out, breaking barriers and embracing one another in the love of Christ.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.

JOHN 15:12

SAT. 15 SEP. 9.30AM

PAYA LEBAR METHODIST CHURCH

5 Boundary Rd, Singapore 549954

$35 per ticket

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mr Soh Wai Wah
Although only a volunteer with PFS for about a year, Mr Soh Wai Wah has extensive experience dealing with people who were imprisoned during his career in criminal justice. Now working in the education industry, he goes into the prisons every fortnightly to minister to prisoners at the tail-end of their sentences, befriends them and is a support to them upon their release.
Soh Wai Wah

PANEL DISCUSSION with Q+R

moderated by Mr Andrew Tay, Executive Director of PFS
At the heart of prison ministry is the choice to love as Jesus loves, to remember prisoners as if we were suffering with them and to journey with them through life like we would with a brother. How does that truly look like?
Engage with us in a conversation where we talk about matters on-the-ground in ministry, dispel possible misconceptions and encourage one another through testimonies, questions and responses.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Andrew

ANDREW TAY

Andrew joined PFS in 2016 after hearing a clear call from God to serve Him full time. He has served as a volunteer in various church ministries and other welfare organisations for over 30 years. Through a series of “sifting processes” in his personal journey with God, Andrew felt that God has prepared him to take on his current role at PFS.

Soh Wai Wah

SOH WAI WAH

Although only a volunteer with PFS for about a year, Mr Soh Wai Wah has extensive experience dealing with people who were imprisoned during his career in criminal justice. Now working in the education industry, he goes into the prisons every fortnightly to minister to prisoners at the tail-end of their sentences, befriends them and is a support to them upon their release.

Rev John Lin

REV. JOHN LIN

Rev. John Lin is an ordained Anglican priest in the Diocese of Singapore. He is currently serving as the Vicar of St John’s Chapel and the Dean of Vietnam. He had previously served as a pastor at halfway house, ministering to recovering drug personnel, rehabilitating ex-prisoners and probationary youths. Through a committed team of lay people at St John’s Chapel, the church began their involvement in prison ministry in 2017.

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PASTOR JOSHUA LIM

Joshua Lim is a pastor from Woodlands Evangelical Free Church (WEFC) and holds a Bachelor degree in Divinity from Trinity Theology College (TTC). He has led ministries in the church, including the Chinese Ministry, Compassionate Ministry, Men’s Ministry and most notably, the Prison Ministry. He first visited the Reformative Training Centre (RTC) at Changi Prison with Rev. Timothy Khoo in 2004 and the experience impacted him greatly. In 2007, the church decided to start the ministry and Joshua was appointed to lead it. He firmly believes in discipleship and mentoring, regularly meeting with ex-offenders personally or in small groups. Joshua is married to Christine and together they have a 16-year-old son, Isaac.

Choon Huat

TAN CHOON HUAT

Tan Choon Huat has been ministering to inmates and ex-offenders for the past 18 years through PFS. From 2012 to 2016, he served as the programme manager there. In his present capacity as a volunteer, he continues to lead chapel services in prison, plans and develops curriculums for use in prison, and trains inmates under Seventy Times Seven (70x7). Choon Huat holds the Master of Theological Studies from Trinity Theological College, Singapore; the Bachelor of Psychology from Murdoch University, Western Australia; and the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Curtin University, Western Australia.

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PASTOR LEON STEWART

Leon Chester Stewart is currently the Youth Pastor of St. Paul's Church. Previously, he was a staff member of PFS from 2004 to 2007 under the late Rev Henry Khoo and was one of the pioneering staff members that rolled out the Christian Intensive Religious Counselling Programme (CIRCP). Leon also leads a team of volunteers called the Circle Of Brothers (COB) into RTC and Cluster B where together with the SPS psychologists and counsellors, they co-facilitate secular talks and workshops to the young offenders and prison inmates to help integrate them back into society. Besides this, he is also a member with the St. Andrew's Secondary School Chaplaincy Team.

SAT. 15 SEP. 9.30AM

PAYA LEBAR METHODIST CHURCH

5 Boundary Rd, Singapore 549954

$35 per ticket

TRACK 1: Embracing the Ex-offender

Led by Pastor Joshua Lim and ministry team from Woodlands Evangelical Free Church
To truly embrace and accept someone is to see them as how God sees them, and walk together on a journey in discovering our identity in Christ; as friends, in a safe community and as an inclusive church. Learn how we can respond to this ministry at our doorstep as the prison ministry team from Woodlands Evangelical Free Church (WEFC) shares how it all began when they embraced people who needed a second chance and how they have grown as a church since.
Workshop highlights:
• Forming alignment in directions and mindsets of the church and her congregation
• Creating effective programmes and healthy boundaries in ministry
• Preparing the ex-offenders for the journey of re-integration
Workshop 1

TRACK 2: Supporting the Families through LOVE in Action

Led by Adeline Wong (PFS), Pastor Lawrence Mun, Ronnie Yip and ministry team from St. John’s Chapel
When a family member is incarcerated, the family faces economic issues, changes to parenting structures, the trauma of separation and the stigma/ shame surrounding incarceration itself. Where do we begin to help as a church? Discover how we can show love in action through meeting their needs and breaking the chains of intergenerational incarceration through forming an accepting community called the church!
Workshop highlights:
• Moving from sympathy to compassion as a corporate body
• Partnering with PFS and collaborators to meet practical needs
• Uniting faith and action to create an impact
Workshop 2

Track 3: Engaging the Wider Prison Community

Led by Andrew Tay (PFS), Pastor Leon Stewart and Tan Choon Huat
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” In Matthew 18:12, we see clearly a shepherd’s heart for his flock, that no one gets left behind. Explore with us how we can not only reach out to those who are in our Christian programmes, but also love and care for each and every individual, regardless of their background. Let us put our brains together to envision a framework that can touch all the lives whom the Lord places in our path.
Workshop highlights:
• Exploring new programme concepts
• Discovering a new breed of volunteers
• Empowering through mentorship and friendship
Workshop 3

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

9.30am - Registration & Coffee
10.00am - Praise & Worship
10.30am - Opening Address by Rev Dr William Wan
10.40am - Keynote by Soh Wai Wah
11.10am - Testimony by Glenn Zhang
11.30am - Panel Discussion moderated by Andrew Tay
1.00pm - Lunch (Meal provided)
2.00pm - Ministry-focused Workshops (Various venues)
3.30pm - Concluding Remarks by Mr. Andrew Tay, Executive Director of PFS
3.45pm - Dedication Service
4.30pm - End of Conference

GETTING HERE

The following buses are available:
Bus stop A (along Upper Serangoon Road)
43, 70, 103, 116, 317, 107, 101, 45, 53, 22

Bus stop B (Along Boundary Road)
24, 103, 116, 317 & 76

Nearest MRT Station:
Serangoon

Parking:
(1) Please enter by Joon Hiang Road to park at the church’s basement carpark. Parking along the driveway in the carpark is not permitted. Also, no vehicle is allowed to park at the open plaza and yellow-boxed areas.

(2) Please park around the housing estates ( Serangoon Central Block 205 or 206/Lor Lew Lian) when all carpark lots are filled. Please co-operate with the carpark officers.

SAT. 15 SEP. 9.30AM

PAYA LEBAR METHODIST CHURCH

5 Boundary Rd, Singapore 549954

$35 per ticket