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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

Something I enjoy: 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:  I can speak Afrikaans and has twin daughters. I would not consider myself adventurous but here I am living in Asia. I have traveled to over 20 countries and am amazed at the adventure that God has taken my 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

 

Something I enjoy: Street food!

Fun fact: I’ve never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld—ever!

Find me at: homileticsonline.com, thetemporarytypist.com

[e] revtfmerrill@aol.com

Tiffany Arachikavitz
Tiffany ArachikavitzYouth Pastor

BIO

Position at AGIF: Youth Pastor

Moved to Shanghai: 2019

 

Something I enjoy: A bubble bath and afternoon nap after binge watching Netflix

Book that moved me: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

On my day off: Explore Shanghai with my three crazy little boys

Best holiday destination: Either the Greek Isles (like Santorini), the Amalfi Coast (like Sorrento and Capri), or Lani Kai Beach in Hawaii…can you tell I love a good beach?

My happy place: Taking a walk on the beach with my family with a frozen drink in my hand and all of my boys skipping hand in hand laughing with each other

Fun Fact: I have been collecting rubber duckies since I was a camp counselor in high school and have hundreds of fun, weird, random rubber ducks

[email] tiffany.a@agifshanghai.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

Something I enjoy: 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:  I can speak Afrikaans and has twin daughters. I would not consider myself adventurous but here I am living in Asia. I have traveled to over 20 countries and am amazed at the adventure that God has taken my 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

 

Something I enjoy: Street food!

Fun fact: I’ve never been to Disneyland or Disneyworld—ever!

Find me at: homileticsonline.com, thetemporarytypist.com

[e] revtfmerrill@aol.com

BIO

Position at AGIF: Youth Pastor

Moved to Shanghai: 2019

 

Something I enjoy: A bubble bath and afternoon nap after binge watching Netflix

Book that moved me: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

On my day off: Explore Shanghai with my three crazy little boys

Best holiday destination: Either the Greek Isles (like Santorini), the Amalfi Coast (like Sorrento and Capri), or Lani Kai Beach in Hawaii…can you tell I love a good beach?

My happy place: Taking a walk on the beach with my family with a frozen drink in my hand and all of my boys skipping hand in hand laughing with each other

Fun Fact: I have been collecting rubber duckies since I was a camp counselor in high school and have hundreds of fun, weird, random rubber ducks

[email] tiffany.a@agifshanghai.com

Daniel Arachikavitz
Daniel ArachikavitzYouth Pastor

BIO

Position: Youth Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2019

BIO

Position: Youth Pastor

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2019

Staff & Ministry Leaders

David Mitchell
David MitchellExecutive Director

BIO

Position: Executive Director & Men’s Ministry Leader

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

Something I enjoy: Snow skiing

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

Inge Nuraini
Inge NurainiLife Group Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at Abundant Grace: Life Group Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: April 2014

 

Favorite place in Shanghai: Sumerian Coffee (best coffee and bagels)

Fun Fact: I am a foodie and the only art I could do is culinary art. I love Cahya (my husband), cooking, reading and travelling.

Find me at: ingenih@gmail.com

Slogan for life: Find out what God want and align yourself into it

Best advice: Do your best of what you can do and leave the rest to God

[e] inge.nuraini@agifshanghai.com

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.

Something I enjoy: Chocolate/ anything caramel

Favorite Restaurant: My mum’s kitchen

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

BIO

Position: Executive Director & Men’s Ministry Leader

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

Something I enjoy: Snow skiing

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

BIO

Position at Abundant Grace: Life Group Ministry Leader

Moved to Shanghai: April 2014

 

Favorite place in Shanghai: Sumerian Coffee (best coffee and bagels)

Fun Fact: I am a foodie and the only art I could do is culinary art. I love Cahya (my husband), cooking, reading and travelling.

Find me at: ingenih@gmail.com

Slogan for life: Find out what God want and align yourself into it

Best advice: Do your best of what you can do and leave the rest to God

[e] inge.nuraini@agifshanghai.com

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.

Something I enjoy: Chocolate/ anything caramel

Favorite Restaurant: My mum’s 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 shops, and watch movies

Favorite Restaurant: Fisherman’s  Terrace.

Something I enjoy:  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 Mills
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

Something I enjoy: 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

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 shops, and watch movies

Favorite Restaurant: Fisherman’s  Terrace.

Something I enjoy:  Having a bowl of instant noodle before bedtime

[e] sofia.shih@agifshanghai.com

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

Something I enjoy: 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

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: 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…)

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

Something I enjoy: Taking an afternoon nap on a rainy day

Best holiday destination: Napa Valley

Favorite Activity: Eating

 

Tianwei Xu
Tianwei XuElder

BIO

Eric Baden
Eric BadenElder

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: I moved to Shanghai with my wife in 2003, overall I’ve 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 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

Something I enjoy: Taking an afternoon nap on a rainy day

Best holiday destination: Napa Valley

Favorite Activity: Eating

 

BIO

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder

Moved to Shanghai: I moved to Shanghai with my wife in 2003, overall I’ve 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.