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John Willison
John WillisonSenior Pastor

BIO

Position: Senior Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2016

 

Best advice: When you’re in grief or not sure what to do just stick with your regular routines. Keep moving.

Book that moved me: N. T. Wright “The Challenge of Jesus”

On my day off: Go for a long run

Guilty Pleasure: Cold glass of good beer

Fun Fact: Lived in East Africa 12 years and really miss camping in the bush

Esme Warne
Esme WarneOutreach & University Student's Pastor

BIO

Position at AGIF: Outreach & University Student’s Pastor

Moved to Shanghai: 2010

 

Favourite restaurant:  The Sichuan restaurant in ZhangJiang on Qing Tong Lu.

Favourite place: Taikang Lu

Fun Fact:  Esme can speak Afrikaans and has twin daughters. She would not consider herself adventurous but is here she is living in Asia. Esme has travelled to over 20 countries and is amazed at the adventure that God has taken her life’s journey on.

[e] esme.warne@agifshanghai.com or outreach@agifshanghai.com

Timothy Merrill
Timothy MerrillSenior Pastor, Trinity Liturgical Service

BIO

Position at AGIF: Associate Pastor, Trinity Liturgical Service

Moved to Shanghai: 2007

 

Favorite place: Street food is amazing!

Fun fact: He’s never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld—ever!

Find him at: homileticsonline.com, thetemporarytypist.com

[e] revtfmerrill@aol.com

BIO

Position: Senior Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2016

 

Best advice: When you’re in grief or not sure what to do just stick with your regular routines. Keep moving.

Book that moved me: N. T. Wright “The Challenge of Jesus”

On my day off: Go for a long run

Guilty Pleasure: Cold glass of good beer

Fun Fact: Lived in East Africa 12 years and really miss camping in the bush

BIO

Position at AGIF: Outreach & University Student’s Pastor

Moved to Shanghai: 2010

 

Favourite restaurant:  The Sichuan restaurant in ZhangJiang on Qing Tong Lu.

Favourite place: Taikang Lu

Fun Fact:  Esme can speak Afrikaans and has twin daughters. She would not consider herself adventurous but is here she is living in Asia. Esme has travelled to over 20 countries and is amazed at the adventure that God has taken her life’s journey on.

[e] esme.warne@agifshanghai.com or outreach@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position at AGIF: Associate Pastor, Trinity Liturgical Service

Moved to Shanghai: 2007

 

Favorite place: Street food is amazing!

Fun fact: He’s never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld—ever!

Find him at: homileticsonline.com, thetemporarytypist.com

[e] revtfmerrill@aol.com

Staff & Ministry Leaders

David Mitchell
David MitchellExecutive Director

BIO

Position: Executive Director

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

Best advice: Inspect what you expect

Book that moved me: Stories of Your Life & Others, by Ted Chiang

On my day off: Exploring new restaurants

Guilty Pleasure: Snow skiing

Fun Fact: Have played electric bass in charity concerts with John Denver, Kenny Loggins & U2.

Carolyn Rachel Shearer
Carolyn Rachel ShearerChildren's Ministry Leader

BIO

Martha Kajara
Martha KajaraHospitality Leader

BIO

Position: Hospitality Coordinator

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2011

 

Slogan for life: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Best Advice: The view at the top is much more appreciated because of the perseverance from down below.

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate/ anything caramel

Favorite Restaurant: My mums kitchen

Fun Fact:  I love funny meme’s.  I could laugh all week at the same one.

Sofia Shih
Sofia ShihFinance Manager

BIO

Position at AGIF: Finance Manager

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2008

 

On my day off:  Hangout with friends, attend baking classes or floral arrangement classes, read books or play badminton.

Best holiday destination:   Chiang mai, Taiwan, Vancouver

Favorite Activity:  Bake, Read, Chat with friends, Try out new coffee shop, and watch movies.

Favorite Restaurant: Fisherman’s  Terrace.

Guilty Pleasure:  Having a bowl of instant noodle before bedtime

[e] sofia.shih@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position: Executive Director

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

Best advice: Inspect what you expect

Book that moved me: Stories of Your Life & Others, by Ted Chiang

On my day off: Exploring new restaurants

Guilty Pleasure: Snow skiing

Fun Fact: Have played electric bass in charity concerts with John Denver, Kenny Loggins & U2.

BIO

BIO

Position: Hospitality Coordinator

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2011

 

Slogan for life: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Best Advice: The view at the top is much more appreciated because of the perseverance from down below.

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate/ anything caramel

Favorite Restaurant: My mums kitchen

Fun Fact:  I love funny meme’s.  I could laugh all week at the same one.

BIO

Position at AGIF: Finance Manager

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2008

 

On my day off:  Hangout with friends, attend baking classes or floral arrangement classes, read books or play badminton.

Best holiday destination:   Chiang mai, Taiwan, Vancouver

Favorite Activity:  Bake, Read, Chat with friends, Try out new coffee shop, and watch movies.

Favorite Restaurant: Fisherman’s  Terrace.

Guilty Pleasure:  Having a bowl of instant noodle before bedtime

[e] sofia.shih@agifshanghai.com

Tong Ye
Tong YeFinance Assistant

BIO

Position at AGIF: Finance Assistant

When did you move to Shanghai: 2010

 

About: Came from Tianjin in North China with family

Slogan for life: Be best myself

Book that moved me: Totally Forgiveness

On my day off: Reading. Eating with friends

Favorite restaurant: Xibei

[e] tong.ye@agifshanghai.com 

Joe MillsMedia Manager

BIO

Position: Media Manager

When did you move to Shanghai: 2016

Best Advice: In order to know everything with certainty, sometimes you first have to doubt everything you know.

On my day off: Rock climbing

Book that moved me: How They Started: How 21 Good Ideas Became Great Global Businesses Paperback by David Lester

Guilty Pleasure: Standup Comedy

Favorite Activity: Carpentry work

Jasmine Guo
Jasmine GuoAdministration Manager

BIO

Position: Operations Manager

When did you move to Shanghai: 2006

 

Slogan for life: Never give up, pursue your dream

Best Advice: keep praying

On my day off: Visit parents/ friends, workout, language training study

Favorite Activity: Run, swimming

Favorite place: Zurich

Alfred O. Boakye
Alfred O. BoakyeWorship Team Leader

BIO

Position: Worship Team Leader (Adult)

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2014

About: A lover of Gospel and Jazz music, a brother of 2 lovely sisters, a teacher, staunch admirer of Islands.

Random Fact: I cannot swim :(, even though I love beaches.

Best advice: “A lot of our tomorrow can be fixed by the decisions/choices we make today”

On my day off: Listen to as many jazz standards as possible, carve some time to reflect on my life thus far.

Fun fact: Used to wear my watches on my right hand (haha, thought right-handed people wear on their left hand so…)

BIO

Position at AGIF: Finance Assistant

When did you move to Shanghai: 2010

 

About: Came from Tianjin in North China with family

Slogan for life: Be best myself

Book that moved me: Totally Forgiveness

On my day off: Reading. Eating with friends

Favorite restaurant: Xibei

[e] tong.ye@agifshanghai.com 

BIO

Position: Media Manager

When did you move to Shanghai: 2016

Best Advice: In order to know everything with certainty, sometimes you first have to doubt everything you know.

On my day off: Rock climbing

Book that moved me: How They Started: How 21 Good Ideas Became Great Global Businesses Paperback by David Lester

Guilty Pleasure: Standup Comedy

Favorite Activity: Carpentry work

BIO

Position: Operations Manager

When did you move to Shanghai: 2006

 

Slogan for life: Never give up, pursue your dream

Best Advice: keep praying

On my day off: Visit parents/ friends, workout, language training study

Favorite Activity: Run, swimming

Favorite place: Zurich

BIO

Position: Worship Team Leader (Adult)

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2014

About: A lover of Gospel and Jazz music, a brother of 2 lovely sisters, a teacher, staunch admirer of Islands.

Random Fact: I cannot swim :(, even though I love beaches.

Best advice: “A lot of our tomorrow can be fixed by the decisions/choices we make today”

On my day off: Listen to as many jazz standards as possible, carve some time to reflect on my life thus far.

Fun fact: Used to wear my watches on my right hand (haha, thought right-handed people wear on their left hand so…)

Tifaine Hedgecock
Tifaine HedgecockSpecial Events Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Special Events Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2013

Favorite activity:

Fun fact:

Loves:

[email] tiffaine.hedgecock@agifshanghai.com

Jamison Wong
Jamison WongYouth Ministry Leader

BIO

Position: Youth Director

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2006

 

Book that moved me:  Les Miserables

Guilty pleasure:  Complete season TV series marathons

Favorite Activity:  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Favorite Restaurant:  The former El Bulli

Favorite place:  Hillsong Church

Rob Decker
Rob DeckerAlpha Ministry Leader

BIO

Position:  Alpha Ministry Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

Random Fact:  Though born in the United States, my grandmother could only speak Czech until she went to first grade.

Best Advice: Never correct your spouse in public

Guilty pleasure: Häagen-Dazs® Java Chip Ice Cream

Favorite Activity: Feeding sheep

Fun Fact: Our fourth child and fifth child were born a month apart.

Sina Radunski
Sina RadunskiWomen's Ministry Leader

BIO

BIO

Position at AGIF: Special Events Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2013

Favorite activity:

Fun fact:

Loves:

[email] tiffaine.hedgecock@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position: Youth Director

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2006

 

Book that moved me:  Les Miserables

Guilty pleasure:  Complete season TV series marathons

Favorite Activity:  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Favorite Restaurant:  The former El Bulli

Favorite place:  Hillsong Church

BIO

Position:  Alpha Ministry Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

Random Fact:  Though born in the United States, my grandmother could only speak Czech until she went to first grade.

Best Advice: Never correct your spouse in public

Guilty pleasure: Häagen-Dazs® Java Chip Ice Cream

Favorite Activity: Feeding sheep

Fun Fact: Our fourth child and fifth child were born a month apart.

BIO

Lawrence LauMen's Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Men’s Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai:

Best Advice:

Book that moved me:

On my day off:

Guilty pleasure:

Fun Fact:

[e] men@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position at AGIF: Men’s Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai:

Best Advice:

Book that moved me:

On my day off:

Guilty pleasure:

Fun Fact:

[e] men@agifshanghai.com

Elders

Sunny Kang Pratt
Sunny Kang PrattElder Chair

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder Chair

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2010

 

Best advice: From my Mother-in-Law: “Always make time to date your spouse!”

Book that moved me: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Guilty pleasure: Taking an afternoon nap on a rainy day

Best holiday destination: Napa Valley

Favorite Activity: Eating

 

Chris Perks
Chris PerksElder

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: 2010

 

On my day off: Exploring and taking pictures

Guilty pleasure: Biltong and Cadbury chocolate

Favorite Activity: walking/hiking/trekking

Favorite place: Yosemite National Park

Fun Fact: I can shear a sheep!

[e] cgperks@gmail.com

Jon BrantinghamElder

BIO

Tianwei XuElder

BIO

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder Chair

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2010

 

Best advice: From my Mother-in-Law: “Always make time to date your spouse!”

Book that moved me: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Guilty pleasure: Taking an afternoon nap on a rainy day

Best holiday destination: Napa Valley

Favorite Activity: Eating

 

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: 2010

 

On my day off: Exploring and taking pictures

Guilty pleasure: Biltong and Cadbury chocolate

Favorite Activity: walking/hiking/trekking

Favorite place: Yosemite National Park

Fun Fact: I can shear a sheep!

[e] cgperks@gmail.com

BIO

BIO

Eric Baden
Eric BadenElder

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: He moved to Shanghai with his wife in 2003, overall he’s been in Asia for 24 years.

Favorite place: Home

[e] eric.baden@agifshanghai.com

Theresa Decker
Theresa DeckerElder

BIO

Position: Elder

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

Best advice:  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17 NLT

Book that moved me: The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss

On my day off: I give myself some time to think in silence.

Favorite place to vacation: Somewhere I haven’t been before

Favorite place: Wherever we are with the entire family.

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: He moved to Shanghai with his wife in 2003, overall he’s been in Asia for 24 years.

Favorite place: Home

[e] eric.baden@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position: Elder

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

Best advice:  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17 NLT

Book that moved me: The Family Nobody Wanted by Helen Doss

On my day off: I give myself some time to think in silence.

Favorite place to vacation: Somewhere I haven’t been before

Favorite place: Wherever we are with the entire family.