I am Joey Asher Tan, a 30-year-old Youth Pastor with Grace Assembly of God Church, Singapore, since 15th October 2009.
I gave my life to my Saviour, Jesus Christ, on 28th November 1995, and started to pursue Him as my bullseye in life on 4th June 1997.
I have been happily married to my beautiful wife, Lee Huiyi, since 11 August 2012 and both of us are expecting our first child to arrive sometime this year.
I was baptised as “Asher” on 23rd December 2005, and this Hebrew name represents, “Blessed, joyful, happy and most favoured”, which is a befitting self-description.
I am a Bible-believing Christian who desires to know God by working excellently and learning earnestly through a balanced lifestyle, for the glory of God.
I love God, His Word and His young people; I seek to provoke thoughts, challenge perspectives and pen indelibility through my kaleidoscope of experiences.
I attempt to write daily because I want to capture the sheer plethora of thoughts that flood my mind; I consider it an achievement if I expand on one everyday.
I hope you feel my heart-on-sleeve passion, in-your-face authenticity and how I believe that the greatest gift you could ever give to young people, is to believe in them.
I answered God’s call by heading into full-time ministry with my church, which is probably the craziest, but best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
I wake up every morning and thank God for allowing me to work in my dream job; I serve with “R-AGE” – it was there, as a 14-year-old, that my life changed.
I am in the business of Redeeming A Generation for Eternity and I pastor around 350 young people across two youth groups at Tanglin and Bukit Batok.
I turn 21 every 21st October and I’m getting younger by the day because I hang out with the most awesome bunch of young people in the world.
I graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Mass Communication, where I discovered my communication aptitude for writing and orating.
I credit my decade in Anglo-Chinese School for a rudimentary education in confidence; it is still where I’d school my kids, after all, for the best is yet to be.
I am a commissioned officer and a tank platoon commander by training; I was with the Singapore Armed Forces for three years as an Army Regular.
I headed the Marketing Division of Global Beverages Asia and Wine Mall during a fruitful two-year stint in Shanghai, China, where my worldview formed.
I recently graduated with distinction from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Communication and I just commenced my theological education in Singapore Bible College.
I trust that I am an authentic leader, a passionate speaker and a mentor who believes in young people; God engraved this three-fold ministry on my heart.
I am a grateful son and proud brother in a remarkable family that is spilling over with God’s grace, goodness, mercy and favour; I couldn’t ask for more.
I am confident I will be the world’s best father to my children and the best husband my wife could ever dream of; I’ve been blessed, so I shall bless.
I consider myself immensely privileged to be able to say “I love you ’til the end” to my sweetheart and the mother of my child(ren-to-be); she is a constant reminder of God’s grace to me.
I started serving in church when I was 15 years old, when God told me that I’d be a worship leader; God anoints those whom He calls — ministry began there.
I have childhood dreams like everyone, so one day I will study in Fuller Seminary, travel around the world and speak to a million people, meet my heroes Edmund Chan, John Piper and Eric Cantona (plus Uzumaki Naruto in my sleep!), and maybe even have a street named after me.
I aspire to be a disciplined man of God, loving husband, a doting father, a patient family-man, an excellent communicator, a mentoring disciple-maker and an equipping leader before I depart this earthly body.
If I could only say one thing to you, I would look you eyeball-to-eyeball, and say…
“Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing; I am absolutely nothing without Christ.”