Honorary Degree to Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong
June 04, 2008
The Reverend Dr. Stephen Tong, Doctor of Divinity
Born in 1940 in Fukien, China, Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong currently resides and ministers in Jakarta, Indonesia - the world's most populous Muslim nation. In his ministry spanning 50 years, given his start at age17, he has introduced 29 million people to Christ.
He graduated from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia and later he served as faculty of his alma mater teaching theology and philosophy for 25 years. He was founder and professor of the Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta. He has guest lectured at many leading theological seminaries in Asia. As a world renowned evangelist, this servant of God has preached in Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America.
Removing barriers to Christian faith while leading people back to Christ via unified biblical principles marks his vision and mission. As an evangelist firmly rooted in Reformed theology, he has influenced hundreds of thousands to become full-time ministers of the Gospel.
Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate, he has also served as a composer, a conductor, an artist and an architect. He has an extensive knowledge of the arts, music, philosophy, science, antiques and architecture. He has composed more than 200 hymns and has designed more than 30 buildings all over the world.
Presently, he is building Reformed Center in Jakarta which he designed himself; it is one of the largest Chinese Christian evangelical church facilities in the world, with 600,000 square feet of space. He has written 75 books, including "Theology of Evangelism", "Strategy of Evangelism", "Between God and Man", "Holy Spirit and Gospel", "The Examples from Christ", and "Culture and the Fall".
He is the founder and the President of the Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International (STEMI) which has established offices in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei. He is a member of the International Consultants of the Lausanne Committee of World Evangelization.
He has been the keynote speaker at the World Reformed Congress in Johannesburg 2006, Second Lausanne Congress in 1989, International Prayer Assembly in Seoul 1985 and as the Seminar Leader in Amsterdam 1988 (sponsored by Billy Graham Association).
In 1996, Rev. Dr. Tong founded the Reformed Institute for Christianity and 21st Century in Washington D.C., to equip Christians for global evangelization by training them in the areas of Reformed theology, apologetics, evangelism, and the critical study of Eastern and Western cultures.
In 1990, Rev. Dr. Tong founded the Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Foundation.
Since 2000, Rev. Tong has preached expository sermons on the Gospel of John, Book of Romans, Hebrews, James and other topics in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Taipei every week.