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About Pastor Cecilia Chan

Before founding Heart of God Church with her husband, Pastor Tan Seow How, Pastor Cecilia Chan was a successful journalist with the Straits Times, Singapore’s national paper. Since 1999, Pastor Cecilia Chan has been passionately building teams and training youths. She leads the Heart of God Worship Team, Creative Ministries, and various operations teams.

The Youth Ministry was birthed when Pastor Lia saw nine pre-teens who were too old for and bored in the Children’s Church but still too young for the adult service. She started a Teen Cell to cater to their needs and spent much time and effort counseling and guiding the youth as they came to her with their teenage woes. Out of this group, Pastor Lia also started the first Youth Worship Team. Despite not having much skill or experience, Pastor Lia patiently trained the young musicians, placing an emphasis on diligence, hard work, teamwork and humility. It was out of this combination of both love and respect for young people, that Heart of God Church grew to what it is today. Yet, while the church has grown in size, the focus on character remains a core value and teaching of Heart of God Church.

Pastor Tan Seow How and Pastor Cecilia Chan are the Senior Pastors of Heart of God Church (HOGC) in Singapore. HOGC is a non-denominational, independent youth church with an independent board of directors, leadership and finances.

Work experience

Aug 1999Present

Co-Senior Pastor

Heart of God Church
Jan 1995Jan 1999


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