Mrs Angelia Phua is a graduate from the University of Canberra, Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, under a Presidential Scholarship. Earlier on, she obtained her Diploma in Industrial Design from Temasek Polytechnic, where she earned the Merit Award at the Young Designer’s Competition. In the area of counseling and family education, Angelia has completed over 100 hours of training and group work conducted by Dr John Ang (head of the Social Work department, NUS). She is an accredited trainer of the Good Enough Parenting, I Choose Us and Positive Choice programmes.
She has also counselled youths, singles and young married couples. Angelia has a special affinity for youths and the disadvantaged, and during her studies, helped design equipment for disadvantaged children.
Mr Phua Hee is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania, USA. He did a double major in Biological Sciences and Psychology. He has been given over 100 hours of training in counseling by Mr John Ang (head of the Social Work department, NUS). He is an accredited trainer of the Good Enough Parenting, I Choose Us and Positive Choice programmes.
He also has experience counselling youths, singles and married couples. Phua Hee appreciates giving back to society, and in the past few years, has been a volunteer with the Boys’ Home as an aftercare officer. He has also organized volunteerism at Ren Ci Hospice as well as with the Communicable Disease Centre.
Both Phua Hee and Angelia have conducted marriage, dating and parenting talks and seminars to various groups in Singapore. They are happily married and have three wonderful daughters.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor in Engineering (Civil Engineering) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Chern Yang worked as a civil engineer in a Japanese firm. With the constant desire to impact the people around him, he decided to join the full-time ministry in 2009. An ardent board game enthusiastic, he puts his many talents and people skills to good use.
Yvette completed her Bachelor in Business Administration (Marketing) with distinction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After a short career in the sales and marketing field, Yvette moved into Early Childhood development. Studying for a further two years, she graduated with a specialist diploma in Early Childhood Education and worked with children for several years. Then, in 2009, she followed her dream to work with her husband in the ministry.
Both Chern Yang and Yvette hold various certificates related to counselling training. They are both certified Solution-Focused Practitioners by the Academy of Solution Focused Training (2010). Under HOPE worldwide Singapore, they have attended Movie Therapy Training and Counselling for “Good Enough Parenting” and “I Choose Us” Programmes. They have also been trained to conduct “Positive Choice” which is a programme that focuses on sexuality and abstinence-until-marriage. In 2015, they also attended Forgiveness Training conducted by Dr. Robert Enright.
Together, they have counseled many marriages and individuals, as well as conducted numerous seminars. They currently lead a Youth Ministry which comprises of students from various schools and varsities in Singapore; they use their experiences to help students lead a fruitful and victorious life. Their dream is to see students reach their full potential and develop healthy relationships as they grow up. They are happily married and have two lovely children – Ashlee and Nathan.
David graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1995. He is a Family Life Educator with HOPE worldwide Singapore and has been counselling families, marriages, singles and youths for more than ten years.
Wai Yee graduated from Monash University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Communication). She’s a certified facilitator with parenting programmes such as “Good Enough Parenting” and “Parenting With Confidence”. Through her work and interaction with people from all walks of life, she has conducted many talks and workshops in different group settings on marriage, parenting and self-improvement.
Over the years, David and Wai Yee have attended various workshops to further hone their skills and expand their knowledge. They have undergone Movie Therapy and Schema Counselling training by Louis Counselling and Training Services and are certified to conduct workshops based on these foundations, mainly- Good Enough Parenting (GEP) and I Choose Us (ICU). From the Academy of Solution Focused Training, they have received Solution Focused Training and a certificate in “Working with Children & Adolescents.”
Through their work and interaction with people from all walks of life, they’ve conducted many talks and workshops in different group settings on marriage, parenting and self-improvement. They’ve been married for more ten years and have three children. Being proud parents of a teenage boy, and two primary school age girls. David and Wai Yee have great passion for parenting and equipping parents with effective tools.
Halbert holds a Master’s degree in Counselling from Monash University and is a registered counsellor with the Singapore Association for Counselling. He is ACTA certified, an ICF trained life coach, and a certified Workplace Health Promotion consultant by the Health Promotion Board. He also graduated from NTU with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Halbert serves as Resource Speaker and Counsellor at HOPE worldwide Singapore, in addition to his other corporate affiliations and own consultancy and training business. He is trained in Good Enough Parenting and I Choose Us Marriage programme and is also an accredited Triple P parent trainer.
After 20 years of pastoral care experience in various churches in South East Asia, he charted a different career as a Trainer specializing in corporate mental wellness and interpersonal relationships at the workplace. Apart from corporate programmes, Halbert has also been conducting marriage and parenting workshops in schools and communities in Singapore since 2011. He has been married for 24 years and has two daughters studying at tertiary level, the older one in NUS and the younger pursuing her studies in Princeton University, US.
Born the second of six sons in 1963 in Malaysia, John Louis grew up in the small town of Taiping. Upon graduating with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he entered the full-time ministry, training to be a minister. It was then that he met his future wife, Karen McDonald, and the two were married in 1987.Karen was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. After receiving her degree in Classics (Cum Laude) at the University of Massachusetts in 1985, she moved to London to be part of the London Church of Christ and later joined the full-time ministry in 1987.
In addition to his pastoral work, John is also founder and president of HOPE worldwide (Singapore), and is a trained family life educator and marriage counsellor. John has been responsible for spearheading many of the HOPE worldwide initiatives in the South-East Asian region, including starting orphanages and free medical clinics in Indonesia and Malaysia, and pioneering Movie Therapy™ in Singapore. John and Karen have conducted conferences, seminars and workshops on marriage and parenting throughout the world.
Both John and Karen hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Monash University, and are Professional Members of the American and the Australian Counselling Associations. They are also Registered Counsellors with the Singapore Association for Counselling. As founders of Movie Therapy, John and Karen incorporate the use of use of multi-media in workshops for churches as well as secular organisations, and have trained mariage and parenting educators from around the world. John is a certified Schema Therapist and member of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST), having been trained by Dr. Jeffrey Young, the founder of Schema Therapy www.schematherapy.com while Karen is a certified Solution Focused Therapist.
The Louis have two children—a daughter in university and a son in his last year of high school. They love hanging out with their kids, teaching classes in the Singapore church, and spending time with their best friends from around the world. Karen enjoys reading and watching old Agatha Christie murder mysteries, while John has become a nerd in his “old age”, spending his free time researching about marriage and parenting issues!
Ng Wee Keong graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Parent Education Leadership Training jointly awarded by Swinburne University, Australia, and the Family Resource Training Centre, Singapore.
Wee Keong is an active resource speaker and family life educator with HOPE worldwide (Singapore). He is amongst the first trained speakers in Movie Therapy since 2007 and has conducted talks and workshops in the community and various corporate organisations. He was trained by John and Karen Louis, authors of Good Enough Parenting and I Choose Us marriage programme. He is also an accredited facilitator of the US-developed Positive Choice sexuality education programme currently being offered in Singapore.
In the area of counselling and family life education, Wee Keong has completed over 100 hours of training and group work conducted by Dr John Ang (Head of the Social Work Department, NUS).
Joyce graduated in 1990 with first class honours from City University, London in Actuarial Science. Although trained in the finance sector, Joyce has always had a passion for helping people. After working as a Senior Officer for Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and as a Regional Financial Administrator for a non-profit organization, she decided to go into full time community and pastoral work.
She has a Graduate Certificate in Parent Education Leadership Training awarded jointly by Swinburne University, Australia and Family Resource Training Centre, Singapore, with over 100 hours of counselling training. She is an active resource speaker with HOPE worldwide (Singapore), and is a trained facilitator of the Good Enough Parenting, I Choose Us marriage programme and Positive Choice sexuality education programme.
Both Joyce and Wee Keong have conducted marriage, parenting, and work-life balance workshops and seminars in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the United States. The couple has two active teenagers, the eldest studying in junior college and the youngest in secondary school.
Mrs Joyce Tan is a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. She has also received Pastoral and Counseling Training from the Boston School of Missions and a Parent Education Leadership Certificate from Swinburne University, Australia and Family Resource Training Centre, Singapore. She has received her Masters in Counseling from Monash University, Australia.
In addition, she has attended a myriad of courses and workshops fuelled by her passion for learning and improving her counselling skills. Under HOPE worldwide Singapore, she has attended Movie Therapy Training and Counselling for “Good Enough Parenting” and “I Choose Us” Programmes. Under the Academy of Solution-Focused Training, she participated in the 1st Asia Pacific Solution-Focused Approach Conference and attended a workshop on working with Children and Adolescents.
Joyce has worked with Teens, Singles, Marrieds and Parents for the past 18 years in America and Singapore. Currently on staff with Hope Worldwide (Singapore), a Volunteer Welfare Organization that focuses on Family Life Education, Joyce Tan serves as a Chief Executive Officer and as a Family Life Education Speaker. She is married and has 2 active boys, Justin 17 years old and Kevin 15 years old.
Mrs. Patrice Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has her Masters in Counselling from Monash University and a graduate diploma in Parent Education Leadership Training awarded jointly from Swinburne University, Australia and Family Resource Training Centre, Singapore. She is a member (professional) of the Australian Counselling Association and the American Counseling Association, and Singapore Association of Counsellors.
Although an American, she has been residing in Singapore for the past 20 years. She and her husband have conducted numerous work/life balance, marriage and parenting, sexuality education and smoking awareness seminars and workshops throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. Along with this, for the past six years she has done individual and family counselling in the local schools and community. She has three wonderful children.
Mr Richard Cheong holds a Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Rutherford University and Diploma in Counselling and Communications from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. Among his many certificates in specialized therapies such as Diagnostic Art Therapy, Time Line Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Forgiveness Therapy, he also holds Reality Therapy Certification under the William Glasser Institute. He specializes in marriage counselling and counselling children, teens, and young adults.
In the area of family life education, Richard received training under Swinburne University (Australia) and Family Resource Training Centre. He is a certified Triple P trainer and accredited facilitator of Good Enough Parenting, I Choose Us programmes. Since 2003, he has been conducting family life and mental wellness talks in both English and Mandarin to people of diverse backgrounds, including programmes for inmates. He was invited on Radio FM 93.8 (LIVE) as a guest speaker and was on teens programme in Mandarin “Just Shoot”.
Mrs Serina Cheong graduated with a Diploma in Learning Disorders – Management & Child Psychology from the Linguistic Council (College of Allied Educators). She has been trained as a certified family life educator by Swinburne University and Family Resource Training Centre. She has served in the pastoral ministry for 11 years. She is also a Certified Trainer for “No Apologies” by Focus on the Family, Trained Smoking cessation counsellors by Health Promotion Board and trainer for “Common Room” and “Flag-Page” by Fei Yue Community Services.
In addition, she specializes in marriage counselling, counselling singles, children and teens. The last 11 years, she has been conducting family life talks to different groups of people from different backgrounds. Serina also spear-head “Gu2_Ga2 mother support group” for young mums and 1st time mums and “DINK” a support group for women with double income no kids.
Richard currently serves as Resource Speaker and Counsellor at HOPE worldwide Singapore, where he previously served as Director for three years. Both Serina and Richard are happily married and they have three active children, aged 22, 20 and 12.
Steven is trained as a Counsellor and a Family Life Educator and a Resource Speaker of HOPE worldwide Singapore. He holds a Master of Social Science in Counseling from University of South Australia, and a Graduate Certificate in Parent Education Leadership Training (PELT) from Swinburne University, Australia. He is also fully ACTA (Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment) certified.
Steven conducts training in the Community and Social Services Sector and has been a part-–-time lecturer for the Diploma in Counselling Skills for Edith Cowan University. He has also supervised School Counsellors in MOE schools.
Steven has conducted family life talks for many years and is a frequent speaker in schools and companies. He especially enjoys running parent-–-child camps and excels in many areas of sports. He is a fun-–-loving family man who loves organizing both indoor and outdoor activities. Steven is happily married and has two children in tertiary studies. As a father, he can relate to the many issues parents face.
Vida holds a Master of Counselling (Advanced) from Swinburne University of Technology. She completed basic and advanced trainings in Schema Therapy and is a Full Member of the International Society of Schema Therapy. She is also a Registered Counsellor and Clinical Member of the Singapore Association for Counselling.
In addition to her counselling role at HOPE worldwide Singapore, a local charity, Vida spearheads the charity’s Movie Therapy® programmes and conducts family life education and mental wellness talks and workshops. She is an accredited Facilitator of Good Enough Parenting programme, I Choose Us Marriage programme, Positive Choice Sexuality Education Programme, Torn Asunder Affair Recovery and PREPARE/ENRICH.
Vincent and Jayne both grew up in Malaysia. Vincent pursued his studies in Singapore and graduated from Anderson Junior College. Jayne graduated from the National University of Malaysia with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. They were married in November 1998.
In 2012, they moved to Singapore and starting leading the Central Christian Church as pastors. In addition to their pastoral work, they have received training and experience in counselling by attending courses and conducting talks around Singapore.
Both Vincent and Jayne hold various certificates related to counselling training. They are both certified Solution-Focused Practitioners by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification and International Alliance of Solution-Focused Teaching Institutes, Belgium. They are also trained in counselling by the Academy of Human Development Pte Ltd and Family Resource & Training Centre, National University Singapore. Under HOPE worldwide Singapore, they have attended Movie Therapy Training and Counselling for “Good Enough Parenting” and “I Choose Us” Programmes. They have also been trained to conduct “Positive Choice” which is a programme that focuses on sexuality and abstinence-until-marriage.
Together, they have counseled many marriages and individuals, as well as conducted numerous seminars and workshops on family, marriage and parenting. The Sims have been married for 18 years now and they have three children—a daughter, Sabrina, 16 and two sons, Adrian and Joseph, aged 14 and 12 respectively. They love hanging out with their kids and spending time with their best friends from around the world.
Yap Ching Keong, (ZQ) a Singaporean, graduated from the Swinburne University with a Bachelors in Professional Counselling. He became a full time church minister in 1994 at the Central Christian Church and led ministries in Malaysia and Singapore.
Grace, a Malaysian,graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor in Arts (honours) in Media Studies. After her attachment with TV3 in broadcast journalism, she became a full time church minister in 1997 at the Central Christian Church in Malaysia and Singapore.
They received their certification as Family Life Educators from Family Resource Training Centre and Academy of Human Development, Singapore, and have since conducted various talks at schools. They are happily married and have 3 children, aged 12, 9 and 5.