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Eugene Yapp, Acting Secretary-General

THE NECF Council has appointed Eugene Yapp as Acting Secretary- General, effective 1 January 2013. He takes over duties at the NECF secretariat from Rev Chan Theam Lai who returns to church and pastoral ministry from March 2013.

Eugene joined NECF in 2008 as Executive Secretary for research and religious liberty. In recent years, he coordinated the NECF nation-building programme to develop Christians as agents of change in the public sphere. He has served as a Deacon and Council Member of a Brethren Assembly in Petaling Jaya.

Eugene holds a Masters in Christian Studies from the Malaysia Bible Seminary and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of London. He was an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya for about 15 years during which he was involved in religious liberty work before entering Christian ministry in a full time capacity. He is married to Siew Ling and they have two school-going children.

NECF will also see the departure of Senior Executive Secretary, Patrick Cheng, who has served the organisation for 17 years. His experience in handling church relations and consulting on church governance and administrative matters will be missed. Patrick was also Executive Secretary of the Leadership Development Commission. He will move on effective 1 February 2013 to pursue his passion for Christian counselling and coaching as a full-time staff of the National Association of Christian Counsellors.

The Council thanks Rev Chan and Patrick for their services rendered to NECF. They have been a blessing to NECF and to churches, and we wish them God's blessings in their future endeavours.

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