In August of 2006 Rev. Chan was ordained as an Elder of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia (MMC) and in January 2007 he was assigned as District Superintendent of Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondol Kiri provinces. He serves on the Cabinet, Men’s Committee and as an Executive Board Member of MMC.
Joseph’s responsibilities encompass many areas. His focus is helping local pastors and church leaders learn how to encourage and care for their congregations by empowering them to overcome spiritual oppression, poverty and authority oppression. He provides pastoral care and counseling to pastors and members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and economic support. Rev. Chan continues to network with other Christian organizations and non-government organizations. He facilitates the acquisition of land for churches and is involved in the building process. Joseph remains dedicated in promoting Cambodian hymns for use in all of the Methodist churches.
A native of Cambodia, Joseph was one of the educated persons targeted by the Khmer Rouge and imprisoned during the era of “the killing fields.” After two years of enslavement, working 18-20 hour days with little food or water, he escaped to Thailand with his wife, Marilyn. There, in a refugee camp, he converted from Buddhism to Christianity and began to lead Bible studies with other refugees. For three years, he was a volunteer in Thai Border Refugee Camps, as a section leader with United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), a French teacher, and supervisor of a CARE feeding center.
Prior to his current assignment, Joseph served as a pastor in Richmond, VA and Stockton, CA, was a bilingual aide, and led Bible studies with Cambodians in San Jose and Stockton, CA. He chaired the Cambodian National Caucus of the United Methodist Church from 1996-97, and served as vice-chair of the group from 1993-1996. He completed the UMC ministerial course of study in 1996 and received the certificate of attainment from the School of Theology at Claremont, CA. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science from San Jose Bible College. He studied mechanical engineering in the former Yugoslavia and political economics in North Korea.
Of his return to Cambodia as part of the Cambodia Initiative, Joseph says: “I worked diligently to nurture new Christian fellowships in Cambodia while shepherding my congregation in Stockton. I was able to forge bridges between Christians in the U.S.A. and the Cambodian people and their leadership. God has performed many miracles in my life to bring me and my family to this juncture in my ministry. I believe this is a call from God, working through the Board of Global Ministries to establish United Methodist churches to be vital, alive and self-supported in the future. I joyfully and faithfully accept it.”
Joseph and wife Marilyn, also a GBGM missionary serving in Cambodia, have one son, Nyda, and two daughters, Sodani and Christina. Rev. Chan is a clergy member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
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