One of my earliest memories as a child was getting "reprimanded" for not listening to my parents. Now, I am continually reminded of GOD'S MERCY and GRACE as I see my wayward tendencies in my life today. I grew up mostly in the New York metropolitan area with many different ideas of becoming a Pastor/Missionary to becoming a pilot. I eventually graduated from University of Rochester with a BA in Psychology and Political Science with no clues of what I wanted to do. I "meandered" into finance and today, I am an Asian Equities specialist at an investment bank. I met Justine through Pastor Ro's English ministry at another church, but we quickly realized our families were members of Justine's grandfather's church when we were very young. Pastor Ro's first wedding officiating was our wedding in 1994. Now, Justine and I are parents of Ian, Hanna, and Euan. We are grateful members of Living Faith Community Church. I see GOD'S hands in my family constantly, even though we are not perfect, even though we are sinners... all because of Jesus Christ! May we reflect GOD'S glory through saving faith; growing, developing, and bearing the fruits of righteousness...all made possible by Jesus Christ!
Writing a personal bio like this is difficult for me because I'm not "all that". I do have a wonderful life. My wife and children are beautiful and cares about me most times. I have a good business and have been financially blessed. I am a respected(?) member of a wonderful church. People sometimes even come to me for advice. I have been blessed in more ways than I can count. Any one of these blessings would make a man happy. I have all of it. But my friends, having is NOT achieving. I did NOT achieve any of it. Every morning when I get up, I scratch my head and wonder why me? You see, I don't deserve any of this. If you knew me, you too would scratch your head and wonder why him? If you really knew me, you too would conclude that I don't deserve any of the blessings. If you really, really knew me like Jesus knows me, you would even wonder how Jesus could die for someone like me, let alone bless me. But He did. He died for me. He gave me faith. He caused me to believe in Him. He caused me to confess in Him. He caused me to repent of my sins. He showed me how depraved I was in my sins. He gave me my family, my business and my church. And he still prays to the Father about me. What was my part in all of this? Nothing. Jesus defines all that I am.
Ask me about me so that you too can see that Jesus really is the true Way.
Peter Ong grew up in Queens as a child of immigrant parents. He is an
Associate Director of PaLM and is developing a Laity project to equip
and serve Asian American leadership through fellowship, training and
mentoring. Peter served with the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades'
Herald Youth Center.
He attended New York University and worked in the Asian American non-profit sector for five years before being called to full-time youth ministry. While attending Redeemer Presbyterian, Peter served on the Board of Directors for Hope for New York, a mercy and justice ministry. He has also served as an advisor to the Teen Eastern Chinese Bible Conference; Jesus Generation, whose mission is to see a generation sold out for Jesus; volunteer staff at NYU Intervarsity Asian American Christian Fellowship; youth pastoral committee for The Call NYC and also one of the first forming committees for the Coalition of Urban Youth Workers.
In 2005 he served as a liaison to the Billy Graham Crusades of Greater New York, working with community churches to reach local youth. He regularly preaches at churches, youth conferences and to himself in front of a mirror. Peter Ong is happily married to Jamie Ong on August 13th, 2005 on the "hottest day of the century." They love hiking, cooking and eating. They live out in Long Island with their early comer son, Nicolas in 2008,
In addition to working in ministry, Peter has published reviews on graphic novels, and comics. His loves: Jesus, Youth (especially chubby ones), being married, Hymns, Dim Sum, mac's, ice cream, sushi, music, books and of course Halo 2. His dislikes: vegetarian hot dogs, cheese, soy milk (he gets bloated), romantic comedies (that seems redundant to me), and sweaty noses. He writes on his blog at www.peterong.wordpress.com.
Picture and Bio of our new ruling elder Gary Fong will be available soon.