He answered God’s call to the ministry in 1992 after his national service term and enrolled into AGBC (then BIS, now ACTS college). He was involved principally in missions from 1993-95 in Elim Christian Centre, Bacolod city, Philippines. John spent 1995-1997 to finish his theological studies in ACTS college in Singapore.
He was then sent to Accra, Ghana from 1998-2004 to assist a local pioneering work in the Ghanian TWI community.
He then went on to start the first Chinese church in Ghana in 2001, and assisted in the start of an international church as well.
He is happily married to Rebecca Lim-Koh, who was involved with the church planting effort in Ghana.
John and Rebecca are presently pastoring together Elim Protestant Evangelical Church in Paris since 2004 in the heart of Chinatown Paris.
They are reaching a cross-cultural community of French and mandarin speakers.
John was the first French – Chinese speaking chaplain in the French prison system from 2012 -2018, to help the prisoners in their spiritual needs and in translation and administration needs in France.
He is also the first French – Chinese speaking Hospital chaplain of the French hospital system (AP-HP – Assistance Public Hopitaux de Paris) since 2016 and serves to care for patients in the Henri-Mondor hospital group (Hospital CHU Henri Mondor, Hospital Emile Roux, Hospital Dupuytren, Hospital George Clemenceau), Centre Intercommunal de Créteil (CHIC) and Hospital St Joseph in Paris 14.
John is also in the official translation team of Institut Théologique Américain de Paris since 2019, for course translation from English to French.
He is also a visiting faculty member of Center for Innovation in Global Theology and Ministry (CIGTM) attached to Northwind Seminary since 2020, tasked with teaching in Ethics and contemporary health care issues.
John has a bachelor’s degree in theology in 1997 from AGBC Singapore (now ACTS college). He has a national diplome universitaire (DU.VEA) with CFTP (University of Strasbourg) in chaplaincy, as well as a diplome universitaire (DU. RnR) on “religious and secular law” with the law faculty of Jean Monnet (Paris XI). John has a Master degree in Philosophy of medical humanities and ethics in 2020 (University of Créteil – Paris 12), with special attention to the multicultural bio-medical approach to patient care which takes into account spiritual care. John is presently completing a Doctor of Ministry program through ACTS college (Singapore) and APTS seminary (Philippines).
Pastor Rebecca LIM-KOH grew up in a Buddhist family and was the first to receive the Lord at the age of 18. The Lord then began to work miraculously as different family members came to the Lord in her family subsequently.
Rebecca has an Accounting diploma from Singapore and has had extensive working experience in the field. She has then left her work to undergo mission training in the school of Actes in KL,Malaysia, sensing God’s call in her life. She received theological training in AGBC Singapore before leaving to serve in mission from 2003.
Arriving in France in 2004, she continued to undergo theological training in Institute Biblique de Nogent sur Marne (IBN). She has completed a Diplome Universitaire on Chaplaincy in 2018 (University of Strasbourg) and finished with a specialisation in “Chaplaincy applied to Secular law” in 2020 (Strasbourg).
Ptr Rebecca pastors and cares for the women’s group in the church, the Chinese congregation and oversees the children’s program as well. Rebecca is also serving in the chaplaincy ministry to give patient care in the Henri Mondor group of hospitals in Paris.
Beyond church involvement, John and Rebecca are also actively assisting and helping ex-prisoners and migrant families in dire situations by providing legal counsel and translation aid, as well as physical and psychological care when needed, through their association network.
Rebecca is also currently working with volunteer teams to reach refugee families in Paris, as well as working with the Paris associatif network extensively.
John and Rebecca’s vision is to see God’s church established in France, à family without boundaries for all nations in Paris, to see a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church that will seek first the Kingdom of God for the glory of Jesus Christ, about whom it is written:
“With your blood you purchased for God members of every tribe and language and people and nation.”
Eglise Protestante Évangélique ELIM 以琳教会 EGLISE DES NATIONS
Aimer Dieu – Aimer les personnes – Faire des disciples
Tel: +33 1 72 46 63 96
15, Rue de Campo-Formio, 75013 Paris