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Rick CryderInterim Senior Pastor

BIO

Brad Warne
Brad WarneAssociate Pastor / LifeGroup Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Associate Pastor; LifeGroup Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2010

 

Random Fact: I love reality TV programs like Goldrush & Deadliest catch

Slogan for Life: John 10:10 – I have come that you may have abundant life

ON my day off: Date lunch with my wife & quick game of tennis

Favorite Activity: Cycling / Fishing

Fun Fact: I have twin daughters

[e] brad.warne@agifshanghai.com or lifegroups@agifshanghai.com

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

BIO

Position at AGIF: Associate Pastor; LifeGroup Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2010

 

Random Fact: I love reality TV programs like Goldrush & Deadliest catch

Slogan for Life: John 10:10 – I have come that you may have abundant life

ON my day off: Date lunch with my wife & quick game of tennis

Favorite Activity: Cycling / Fishing

Fun Fact: I have twin daughters

[e] brad.warne@agifshanghai.com or lifegroups@agifshanghai.com

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

John WillisonAssociate Pastor, Trinity Liturgical Service

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Staff & Ministry Leaders

Jen Zalick
Jen ZalickWorship & Creative Director

BIO

Position at AGIF:  Worship & Creative Director

Moved to Shanghai: 2011

Favorite activity in Shanghai: Treasure hunting on Fuzhou Lu.

Fun Fact:  Jen loves studying the habitats, personalities & migratory patterns of great white sharks.

Favorite Quote: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Steve Jobs

[e] jen.zalick@agifshanghai.com

Inge Nuraini
Inge NurainiOperations Director

BIO

Position at Abundant Grace: Operations Director

Moved to Shanghai: April 2014

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

Fun Fact: She is a foodie and the only art she could do is culinary art. She loves Cahya (her husband), cooking, reading and travelling.

Find her at: ingenih@gmail.com

Or anything else: 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 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.

BIO

Position at AGIF:  Worship & Creative Director

Moved to Shanghai: 2011

Favorite activity in Shanghai: Treasure hunting on Fuzhou Lu.

Fun Fact:  Jen loves studying the habitats, personalities & migratory patterns of great white sharks.

Favorite Quote: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Steve Jobs

[e] jen.zalick@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position at Abundant Grace: Operations Director

Moved to Shanghai: April 2014

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

Fun Fact: She is a foodie and the only art she could do is culinary art. She loves Cahya (her husband), cooking, reading and travelling.

Find her at: ingenih@gmail.com

Or anything else: 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.

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

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 

Edwin Tan
Edwin TanWebmaster & IT

BIO

Position at AGIF: Webmaster & IT

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2012

 

Favorite activity: Trying out new restaurants on the weekends.

Fun fact: Anime Fan.

Loves: a good cuppa, preferable with friends just to drink and laze with.

[e] edwin.tan@agifshanghai.com or webmaster@agifshanghai.com

Lois Wang
Lois WangAdministration Assistant

BIO

Position: Administration Support

When did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

About: Girl from Shandong Province

Slogan for life: All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. (James 1:17 NET)

Book that moved me: When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch

Best holiday destination: Jiuzhai Valley

Favorite Activity: Playing Badminton

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 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 at AGIF: Webmaster & IT

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2012

 

Favorite activity: Trying out new restaurants on the weekends.

Fun fact: Anime Fan.

Loves: a good cuppa, preferable with friends just to drink and laze with.

[e] edwin.tan@agifshanghai.com or webmaster@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position: Administration Support

When did you move to Shanghai: 2012

 

About: Girl from Shandong Province

Slogan for life: All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. (James 1:17 NET)

Book that moved me: When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch

Best holiday destination: Jiuzhai Valley

Favorite Activity: Playing Badminton

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…)

Tifaine Hedgecock
Tifaine HedgecockSpecial Events Coordinator

BIO

Position at AGIF: Special Events Coordinator

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2013

Favorite activity:

Fun fact:

Loves:

[e] 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

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…)

BIO

Position at AGIF: Special Events Coordinator

Moved to Shanghai: Mid 2013

Favorite activity:

Fun fact:

Loves:

[e] 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

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.

Fungie NindiWomen's Ministry Leader

BIO

Troy McAdams
Troy McAdamsMen's Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Men’s Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2008

Best Advice: Get to know the master to learn the masterplan; Yesu can!

Book that moved me: Visioneering- Andy Stanley

On my day off: swim, read, Lunch with Karen my amazing wife

Guilty pleasure: Pizza (the complete nutrition pyramid food)

Fun Fact: I once ran a 10k in 35 minutes 😉

[e] men@agifshanghai.com

Sunny Kang Pratt
Sunny Kang PrattElder Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder – Vice Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

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:  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

BIO

Position at AGIF: Men’s Ministry Leader

What year did you move to Shanghai:  2008

Best Advice: Get to know the master to learn the masterplan; Yesu can!

Book that moved me: Visioneering- Andy Stanley

On my day off: swim, read, Lunch with Karen my amazing wife

Guilty pleasure: Pizza (the complete nutrition pyramid food)

Fun Fact: I once ran a 10k in 35 minutes 😉

[e] men@agifshanghai.com

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder – Vice Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

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

 

Elders

Rick CryderInterim Senior Pastor

BIO

Sunny Kang Pratt
Sunny Kang PrattElder Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder – Vice Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

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

BIO

BIO

Position at AGIF: Elder – Vice Chair, Youth Ministry Leader

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

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

Yinke Oyinloye
Yinke OyinloyeElder

BIO

Position: Elder

What year did you move to Shanghai: 2015

 

Slogan for Life: Constantly strive to be who God has made you to be.

Best holiday destination: Japan

Favorite Activity: Exercising. It is my ‘me’ time!

Favorite Restaurant: Lost Heaven on the Bund

Favorite Place: Wherever my wife and kids are

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: 2015

 

Slogan for Life: Constantly strive to be who God has made you to be.

Best holiday destination: Japan

Favorite Activity: Exercising. It is my ‘me’ time!

Favorite Restaurant: Lost Heaven on the Bund

Favorite Place: Wherever my wife and kids are

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.