The Rev. Dr Stephen Tan, a former trustee of Council for World Mission and one who bears witness to the 1975 Consultation that was held in Singapore to pave the way for the 1977 birth of this partnership of churches in mission, now celebrating 45 years. Dr Tan was among the courageous companions who responded to the call for a shift of tradition in doing mission that was almost always from the global North to the South. He overcame the journey of struggle and triumph for those who discerned the times and embodied numerous stories of how the pioneers laboured together to cross challenging frontiers in search of a mission paradigm that could embrace the diversity that defines us today. Dr Tan also served as the seventh principal of Trinity Theological College, Singapore from 1975 to 1982.

On behalf of CWM General Secretary, Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum, CWM Moderator, Rev. Lydia Neshangwe, Directors, Trustees, members churches, and all staff colleagues across the regions, we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his wife Mrs Evelyn Tan and his family, and the Presbyterian Church in Singapore and all those who mourn the passing of Dr Tan.

May his soul rest in eternal peace!

Council for World Mission

East Asia Region

25 June 2022