Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. - 1 Corinthians 11:1

recounted by Elder Mah Chin Kwang


Our church's beginning may be traced to an evening service that started in the mid-80s when a group of brethren from Grace B-P Church felt the need to have a ministry to complement the morning worship service. Right from the outset, the attendance had been low. After several years of faithful service, the brethren heeded the Lord's prompting to launch out as a group distinct from the morning worship. The group was fully committed to a new work to evangelize and serve in another community. About 30 members and friends from Grace prayerfully accepted the challenge to launch out to set up a witness in Katong.

On March 5, 1988, the work was commissioned at the inaugural service in one of the function rooms in Duke Hotel, Meyer Road. Rev Timothy Tow who commissioned the work at mother church, Grace B-P Church, some 12 years earlier, was there that evening to bring the Word. The work started off well, with about 40 attending the worship service each Sunday. With much fervour, the brethren made countless evangelistic outreaches to the homes in the community of Tanjong Rhu, Katong and Kallang.

Barely one year later, in early 1989 a severe problem erupted within the B-P family. Our little church was not spared. Like the sudden Sumatra wind that we experience occasionally in Singapore, Gethsemane was hit in April with such a force and swiftness that like a young tree that was just taking root, the greater part of the tree snapped and was torn apart. Three quarters of the congregation chose to leave Gethsemane. However, its roots were still firmly embedded in good ground. Praise the Lord. So while the ministry was severely ravaged, it was not decimated. The brethren laboured on. As the months went by, it became painfully clear that sustaining the work with no more than 10 members was extremely difficult.

Grace Session decided that the group should consolidate her strength by returning to worship in the premises of mother church. The ministry thus entered a new chapter of her history with the return to Grace Church on October 1, 1989 to resume as an evening service. Bro Abednego from Ghana, studying then at Far Eastern Bible College, was graciously provided by FEBC to help in the work. Bro Abed, as he was affectionately called, stayed on with Gethsemane until late September of 1990 to further his theological study in London.


Through the better part 1990, Grace Session agonized over the slow progress of the work. The Session was undecided on the future of the church. Should Gethsemane press on or should the group break up and be assimilated into the main stream? Much discussion, tears and prayer ensued and again with graciousness, the Lord intervened. He moved Grace Session to implement the recommendations made in a paper to re-vitalize the work. The paper prepared on August 25, 1990 ended with a threefold vision - a vision that Gethsemane would:

  • evolve into a distinct group with her own identity, culture, outlook, emphasis and programme;
  • step out in faith into a new location;
  • become an autonomous Bible-Presbyterian church.

As always, the Lord was gracious, granting fruition of this vision exactly five years later. Very shortly thereafter, the Lord again showed His graciousness when He moved Rev Timothy Tow to offer Bro Prabhudas Koshy, at that time a final year BTh student with FEBC to serve in Gethsemane. Bro Das came over to serve in December 1990. He went on to complete his BTh, followed by his MDiv. He was ordained a minister and pastor of Gethsemane in September 1994. While serving in Gethsemane, the Lord blessed him with a wife, Sis Carolyn, and 2 sons, Cornelius and Andronicus, and a daughter, Dorcas.

The work consolidated through 1991. In the last quarter of the year, Gethsemaneans felt it was time to move out to a new community to serve the Lord more effectively. The brethren prayed in earnest over the matter. One particular afternoon, we came across an advertisement notifying the availability of a bungalow in Harvey Avenue, near Simei HDB estate. After our weekly prayer meeting that Wednesday evening, several brethren went to the site and peered across the fence of an old single-storey bungalow within a large garden. The building looked dilapidated with long grass and unkempt bushes in the garden. The previous occupant had not taken care of the building and garden very well. However, everyone who was there saw beyond the physical condition of the building. They could see the potential of the bungalow; envisioning a place where children could play in the large garden, and adults could meet in the large hall. They saw the many terrace and semi-detached houses, and the tall HDB apartments of Simei, a stone's throw away, as their ready harvest field.

Grace Session members came later to view the place and gave its mandate to make contact with the owner to express our interest. Praise God the discussions progressed smoothly and we were able to secure the place on reasonable terms. Rev Tow came over on a Saturday morning to dedicate the new place for the Lord's use. We will recall with joy the labour of love and commitment as brethren pulled the tall grass with bare hands, cleared the rubbish and repainted the walls to transform the dilapidated building to a place fit for worship. The ministry began in the new location on the first Sunday of December 1991. A Daily Vacation Bible School (DVBS) held almost immediately drew some children, from which a children's ministry meeting on Saturday afternoons was started. From the evangelism effort among the HDB homes in Simei we made contact with some families, who decided to pay us a visit and chose to be with us to this day.

Our stay in Harvey Avenue holds fond memories for many of us. We would have liked to continue with the work there much longer. However the Lord had other plans. After exactly one year, the owner gave notice that he wanted to tear down the old building. We had to move by end-January 1993. We had no choice but to look around again. As the days got nearer to the deadline to move, anxiety set in for some of us. Once again, the Lord was merciful. In the eleventh hour, we came across the availability of a bungalow in Opera Estate. The cost associated with running the ministry was expected to be very much higher than that in Harvey Avenue. The brethren, however, felt that they could trust the Lord to provide for their needs. With much faith and the full support of Grace Session, the brethren moved forward. The ministry entered another chapter of her history with the move to Opera Estate in February 1993.

1993 was a year that saw Gethsemane growing in small numbers but larger in faith. Towards the end of the year, she indicated to the Session of mother church that she was likely to be financially independent in the following year. Grace Session gave her blessings. Gethsemaneans were thus committed to the Lord as a financially autonomous ministry during Grace Church's ACM in February 1994.

The brethren felt that they needed to exercise greater faith - that of seeking registration with the Registry of Societies as an independent church. The brethren thus overtured the pastor and session of Shalom B-P Church to allow Gethsemane to worship as an evening service in her premises in Loyang Besar Close, to facilitate the application for registration. Praise God for the spontaneous support from Shalom. On August 28, 1994, Gethsemane started yet another new phase in her ministry when she held her first worship service in the evening in Shalom Church. The congregation sang with unbridled gusto to the Lord in the beautiful sanctuary of a church once again.

Work on redrafting the Church Constitution, based on Olivet B-P Church's Constitution took several months. It was thus with some relief and joy that we handed in the neatly typed document, a product of many hours of thoughts, discussion and prayer, together with the relevant application forms on December 6, 1994 to the Registry of Societies. Within 2 weeks, the ROS with characteristics efficiency, sent us a four-page letter listing 30-odd difficult questions and suggested changes to our proposed Constitution. With God's grace, we answered each question truthfully yet firm on our Biblical stand. No further questions followed. In the meantime, we reorganised the Constitution, while retaining the essential parts almost in its entirety.


The redrafted Constitution was submitted on April 22, 1995. Over the next 2 months, we did not hear from the ROS. Many of us accepted the silence as a normal practice of the authorities to carefully study the redrafted Constitution, and were prepared for more work ahead. Praise God that His wonders never cease. On June 14, Pastor Das opened a letter from the ROS. With great excitement and joy, he read the wonderful news.... that our application was approved in principle. All that remained to be done was to make some minor amendments to the draft of our Constitution and to re-submit 2 fresh copies, which we did on July 3. Exactly 10 days later, in a letter dated July 13, 1995, the ROS advised that our application for registration of Gethsemane B-P Church was approved. Almost 5 years to the date, the Lord graciously granted the third part of our vision. In the eyes of the authorities and as clearly confirmed in the Singapore Government Gazette, we were a legal entity. All praise to the Lord!

Our Beliefs

In abbreviated form, the chief tenets of the doctrine of the Church, apart from the Apostles’ Creed, are as follows:

  • We believe in the divine, verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in the original languages, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and, as the Word of God, the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  • We believe in one God existing in three co-equal and co-eternal Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
  • We believe that man was created in the image of God, but sinned through the fall of Adam, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and become sinners in thought, word and deed.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died a propitiation and expiatory death as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified before God on the grounds of His shed blood.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His exaltation at the right hand of God, where He intercedes for us as our High Priest and Advocate.
  • We believe in the personal, visible and premillennial return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to judge the world and bring peace to the nations.
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not by works, and that all who repent and receive the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God.
  • We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convict and regenerate the sinner; indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
  • We believe that Christ instituted the Sacrament of Baptism for believers and their children, and the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, which sacraments shall be observed by His Church till He comes.
  • We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection and eternal blessedness of the saved and in the bodily resurrection and eternal conscious punishment of the lost.
  • We believe in the real, spiritual unity in Christ of all redeemed by His precious blood and the necessity of faithfully maintaining the purity of the Church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God and the principle and practice of biblical separation from the apostasy of the day being spearheaded by the Ecumenical Movement (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Revelation 18:4).

Objectives of the Church

The objects for which the Church is established are:

  • the salvation of souls;
  • the edification of Christians through the teaching of God’s Word;
  • the promotion of godly worship;
  • the defence of the “faith which was once delivered unto the saints”;
  • the establishment and extension of Christian missions and institutions for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom on earth;
  • the promotion of Christian relief for the poor and needy;
  • the strengthening of mutual fellowship, encouragement and unity among other fundamental and Bible-believing churches of similar stand “for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:9).

Our Elders

Pastor Prabhudas Koshy

  • Since 1990, he has been preaching God’s Word in Gethsemane; in 1994, he was ordained as the Pastor of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church.
  • For over 20 years, he has given pastoral leadership and care to Gethsemane B-P Church.
  • His main areas of ministry have been preaching and teaching of God’s Word during Sunday worship services, Tuesday Prayer Meetings, various fellowship meetings, seminars, retreats and camps of Gethsemane B-P Church.
  • He regularly attends to the members and worshippers through pastoral counselling, visitation and prayer.
  • He also gives pastoral supervision and leadership to the Bible Witness Media Ministry, The Gethsemane Care Ministry, and all the fellowship groups of the church.
  • He is also actively involved in training men for the ministry through FEBC, as well as setting up Gethsemane Bible Institutes in the Philippines and Ethiopia. Pastor also travels regularly to visit and to give guidance to our church’s mission stations and missionaries.
  • He is married to Carolyn, and they have 3 children, Cornelius, Andronicus and Dorcas, and they serve the Lord as a family in Gethsemane B-P Church.

Elder Mah Chin Kwang

  • Since Gethsemane BPC’s inception in 1988, Elder Mah has been serving in the leadership of Gethsemane as an Elder. He served as the chairman of the Interim Committee of Gethsemane BPC till 1994.
  • He has laboured in various leadership roles of Gethsemane: Clerk of Session, Leader of Gethsemane Encouragers’ Ministry, Finance Committee Member, Building Committee Member, and others.
  • He regularly teaches Catechism class, Seniors’ Ministry, and The Gethsemane Care Ministry. From time to time, he also preaches in fellowship groups. He also serves as worship chairman on Sundays and renders his advice and help in many aspects of church administration.
  • He is married to Lean Choo, and they have two children: Melissa and Matthew. Melissa serves the Lord in Bible Witness Media Ministry. Matthew, who is married to Fidelia, serves in the Gethsemane Young Adults' Fellowship and other ministries of the church.

Elder Alan Choy

  • He has been a member of Gethsemane BPC since 1995. From 1997 to 2003, he served as a deacon. In 2003, he was elected and ordained as an Elder of Gethsemane BPC.
  • He has laboured in various leadership roles: Clerk of Session, Treasurer, Leader of Youth Fellowship, Church Choir Member, Finance Committee Member, Building Committee Member, and others.
  • He attended FEBC as a part-time student and graduated with Certificate of Religious Knowledge in May 2013.
  • He regularly teaches Catechism class and ministers at the Lions Home for the Elders. He also occasionally preaches in fellowship groups. He presently leads the Gethsemane Youth Fellowship committee with Pastor.
  • He serves in the Chinese Service as a worship chairman and also preaches God’s Word from time to time.
  • He is married to Luan Kheng, and they have three children: Eunice, Jenice and Amoz. As a family, the Choys serve the Lord actively in various areas of Gethsemane B-P Church.

Elder Ng Poh Kok

  • He came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour in his secondary school days, and attended Life B-P Church. In 1971, he joined Toa Payoh B-P Church (name was changed to Sharon B-P Church when it moved to Life B-P Church in 1977).
  • He served as a deacon since September 1978 in Sharon BPC; in 2002, he was ordained as an Elder of Sharon BPC. Because the Lord has placed in him a burden for the souls of children, for almost three decades, he served as a Sunday School teacher and also gave leadership to Sharon B-P Church's Sunday School as its superintendent.
  • In 2008, Elder Ng and his family came to Gethsemane B-P Church and became members of the church in December 2008. His decision to join Gethsemane is because of his conviction to take a stand for the KJV Bible and for the twin doctrines of the Scriptures - Verbal, Plenary Inspiration & Verbal, Plenary Preservation.
  • Since 2008, he has regularly participated in Gethsemane’s worship services, prayer meetings, evangelism sessions, Gethsemane Adults’ Fellowship and Gethsemane Men’s Fellowship. He also serves in the Gethsemane Adults' Fellowship committee.
  • His wife, Sis Dorothy, and their two daughters, Sarah and Sharon, are also members of Gethsemane B-P Church. Sarah is married to Samuel Yong, and they both actively serve the Lord in our church. Sharon, who was married to our late missionary Dominino dela Cruz Jr, serves the Lord together with their young son Nehemiah in our midst as well.

Elder Francis Lee

  • He confessed the Lord in baptism in 1988 at Life B-P Church. From 2003-2007, together with his family, he worshipped and served the Lord in True Life B-P Church. In 2008, they became members of Gethsemane.
  • Francis and his family have been regular participants of our worship services, Bible Study sessions, prayer meetings and fellowship groups. They have also joined the mission teams to the Philippines to minister to the brethren in our mission stations.
  • He attended FEBC as a part-time student and graduated with a Certificate of Religious Knowledge in 2008, and obtained a Certificate of Biblical Studies in 2010.
  • He has rendered his services in the Ushers’ Ministry and also serves as a committee member of the Gethsemane Adults’ Fellowship and the Gethsemane Men's Fellowship.
  • His wife, Stephanie, and their four children, Sarah, Michelle, Samuel and Moses worship and serve the Lord in Gethsemane B-P Church.

Our Deacons

Dn Daniel Lim

  • In 2005, he was appointed as a preacher in the Chinese Service of Gethsemane B-P Church. Since then, he has faithfully devoted himself to nurturing the brethren in the Chinese Service.
  • Preacher Daniel Lim, after obtaining his Diploma in Theology from FEBC, served with the Helping Hand (2000-2005) as a missionary in the Philippines. Upon his return to Singapore, he served as a counsellor and a director of the Helping Hand.
  • Since 2007, he has been serving as a deacon in the Session of Gethsemane BPC.
  • He conducts weekly Bible studies in The Gethsemane Care Ministry (TGCM) and assists Pastor in counselling and in the leadership of TGCM.
  • He serves together with Pr Jeremiah Sim in the Seniors’ Ministry on Thursdays; and also preaches God’s Word in Changi Prison every Sunday afternoon. He also frequently travels to Malaysia to preach God’s Word in sister churches.
  • He is married to Roscelle and they have two daughters, Mehetabel and Jesimiel.

Dn Lok Kwok Wah

  • Since 2001, he has been faithfully serving in the Bible Witness Media Ministry (BWMM) as a full-time worker. Before he joined BWMM, he served in FEBC Bookroom and Tabernacle Books. He was also an active member of the Evangelistic Band of Life B-P Church for many years.
  • He transferred his membership from Life B-P Church to Gethsemane B-P Church in 2005.
  • He edits the materials of BWMM and also helps to arrange for their publication and distribution. He also helps pastor in organising Bible Witness retreats.
  • He has been serving as a deacon in the Session of Gethsemane B-P Church since 2007. He has served in the Session in various roles including Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Clerk of Session.
  • He also helps out in the day-to-day matters of the church in the church office.
  • Together with him, his wife, Jenny, and three daughters, Qian Hui, Qian Yi and Qian Ning, worship and serve in Gethsemane.

Dn Kelvin Lim

  • In 2000, he was baptised and became an active member of Gethsemane B-P Church.
  • The Lord called him into full-time ministry in 2002. In 2004, he joined Far Eastern Bible College for theological training. He completed his studies with a Bachelor of Theology in 2008, and was appointed as Assistant to the Pastor in Gethsemane Children’s Ministry.
  • In 2009, he was elected as a deacon of Gethsemane B-P Church.
  • He leads the Gethsemane Children’s Ministry. He also avails himself to preach and to teach God’s Word during worship services, at prayer meetings and different fellowship meetings.
  • He preaches God's Word in Changi Prison on Tuesday afternoons and TGCM on Wednesday mornings. He also travels frequently to Malaysia to minister God's Word to sister churches.
  • His wife, Jasmine, and their three children, Joash, Jorim and Joses, worship and serve the Lord in Gethsemane B-P Church.

Dn Low Boon Siang

  • Boon Siang was saved and baptised in Gethsemane in the year 2001.
  • Since 2001, as he grew in faith and godliness, the Lord has used him in many fellowships and ministries of our church. He has served faithfully and zealously in the Youth Fellowship, Ushers’ Ministry, Young Adults’ Fellowship Committee (2008-2012), Audio-Visual Ministry, Men’s Fellowship Committee. He also served in Committees of Church Camp (2009 and 2012), as well as Church Sports Day (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015).
  • As a teacher of God’s Word to children, Bro Boon Siang served in Junior Worship (2006 to 2013) and in GCM (2008 to 2013).
  • He also served the Lord in the Fundamental Christian Ministry of NTU and NIE (2006-2008), and the B-P Combined Youth Conference Committee (2007-2008).
  • He currently leads the Ushers' Ministry, and also serves as the Treasure of the Church Session.
  • His wife, Hui Lin, and their two young sons, Christopher and Caleb, worship in Gethsemane B-P Church and participate in many fellowship groups and ministries.

Our Preachers

Pr Dennis Capongcol Kabingue

Pr Dennis Kabingue obtained a Master of Theology (ThM) from Far Eastern Bible College. After his graduation in 2008, he was appointed as a preacher in the Filipino Service of Gethsemane BPC and the choir master of the Voices of Gethsemane (the church choir). He also serves as a tutor in Greek Reading at FEBC. Together with his wife, Daryl, and their three children, Duaine, David and Deuel, they serve in various other ministries of Gethsemane as well.

Pr Jeremiah Sim Joo Lian

Pr Jeremiah Sim obtained a Bachelor of Theology from Far Eastern Bible College. He serves as a preacher in the church, and was appointed as a pastoral assistant in the Gethsemane Seniors’ Ministry in 2010. He also takes lead in ministering to the elderly in the Lions Home Ministry. He also preaches in The Gethsemane Care Ministry every Friday. Every Tuesday, he visits Changi Prison to preach the Gospel. He is married to Sis Gina Sim, and together, they worship and serve in Gethsemane.

Pr Ho Kee How

Pr Kee How obtained a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Far Eastern Bible College. In 2014, he joined BWMM as the assistant editor to the Bible Witness Magazine. He also preaches God's Word to various fellowship groups, as well as teach in Sunday Bible Study classes. He is married to Sis Annie Ho, and they have two children, Titus and Grace. Together as a family, they serve the Lord in Gethsemane B-P Church.