18 Nov '17, 6am

Yap Kim Hao: Pastor of the marginalised

Yap Kim Hao: Pastor of the marginalised

This week, another member of Singapore's Pioneer Generation died and with his departure went a way of life of one who was a witness to the suffering and the marginalised. Reverend Yap Kim Hao died of heart failure, aged 88, on Thursday (Nov 16). He had reached the acme of Christian ministry as the first Asian bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 1968 to 1973. In his later years, and at the time of his death, he became better known as the pastor of a gay-affirming church. I had first read about Rev Yap in a newspaper article about the Free Community Church. At that time, I assumed that any Christian pastor associated with a gay-affirming church must be young and from a non-denominational church. It was only much later that I learnt he had been a Methodist bishop, and was already retired from active ministry when he became a pastoral advisor to the church. I got ...

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