Stephen grew up in a home where he had no father-figure as his father left home when his two sisters and he were very young. His mother and grandmother raised the three siblings in a home that professed Jesus as Saviour and Lord. It was when he hit adolescence that he began to realize that although he called himself a Christian, his faith wasn’t real to him.
In December 1973, despite his protests, his mother signed him up for a church camp. It was there that the gospel story suddenly made sense for the first time! He gave his life to Jesus one night at the camp and experienced the joy of a ‘second birth’. His greatest joy that night was to discover that the Bible has declared him to be God’s son (John 1:12). It was the answer to a deep need – to have a father in his life! Stephen has never, ever looked back since that day as his relationship with God is something real, personal and purposeful.
Stephen helped pioneer the church-planting work which grew into BethanyLife and has shepherded the church since its inception. His primary ministry is as a Bible teacher, preaching regularly at both the local church and other churches and also at church and youth camps. He also ministers as an evangelist, sharing the gospel at evangelistic meetings and rallies.
In additional to his involvement in church, Stephen also serves as a teaching facilitator for Haggai Institute, a Christian organization that trains leaders with a focus primarily on the Great Commission. He himself underwent an advanced international Haggai Institute training at Maui, Hawaii in 2011.
Stephen has been happily married for more than 27 years to Flora Kuah. They have two children – Joel, who was attached to RedFM, and Rebekah, who is in university.
In the marketplace, Stephen is a Director of Adrenaline Communications, an advertising agency he helped establish in 2005. Despite having a comfortable job, he sensed God’s pursuit of him to enter into the ministry full-time. In September 2014, Stephen finally answered God’s call on his life to go into the ministry as full-time pastor.
Being Malaysian, Stephen is a ‘foodie’ – and enjoys a range of culinary styles, although he does have an extra soft spot for most things Indian or Thai! Durian is a definite no-no… the pungent smell drains the colour from his face!
Finally, Stephen is nuts about Manchester United! (been a fan for over 35 years!)