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  • Tribute to Rev Alfred Yeo

    A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE REV ALFRED YEO
    SENIOR PASTOR OF ZION FULL GOSPEL CHURCH (2004 – 2016)

    Some 13 years ago in 2003, Zion Full Gospel Church ("the church") came to know Rev Alfred Yeo. He stood in the gap when the church was without a pastor. Though Rev Yeo was then the Executive Director of the Assemblies of God (AG Singapore) holding numerous other portfolios, Rev Yeo gave his heart, soul and mind to serve the church while on secondment from AG Singapore. At no time did Rev Yeo make the church feel he was a hired hand. He loved and cared for the church the moment he came to know us. In a matter of weeks, the congregation had begun to fondly address him as Pastor Alfred.

    We were so grateful to God and the AG Singapore for seconding Pastor Alfred to help the church in the moment of need. While on secondment from AG Singapore, Pastor Alfred faithfully preached the Word and served the flock on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. He took time to know and fellowshipped with the members. He observed, evaluated and intervened to improve the various ministries. Pastor Alfred would never shy away from handling difficult and trying circumstances. He would always consult the leadership on critical issues and took time to listen to alternative views. It did not take us long to realise that we wanted Pastor Alfred to be our Senior Pastor. We soon found out that our sentiments were those of Pastor Alfred’s too. The 'union' was sealed.

    Since April 2004, Rev Alfred Yeo has been leading the church as our Senior Pastor. The next decade would be a time of growth and consolidation for the church. One strategic decision that Pastor Alfred made was to introduce the Royal Rangers (RR) Programme for the children’s ministry. Through the RR ministry, many young ones have come to know Christ through the church. From a dwindling population in the then Sunday School, the RR outreach to kids grew in strength and numbers. Moving from the kids’ ministry, Pastor Alfred had a particular burden for the young people. He would always be present at the youth meetings on Saturdays and he knew every young person in the church inside out. The age gap may have been wide, but Pastor Alfred connected with the young people so well - like a father and his child. In case you think so, the less young are not neglected. Pastor Alfred also introduced the Golden Age Ministry. Many are now actively serving in the church in more than one area in their golden years! Pastor Alfred had a special burden for missions and reaching out to the under-privileged in the community. Under Pastor Alfred's stewardship, the Missions Committee was formed. The church now has various mission endeavours to destinations including Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR and China. Pastor Alfred did not just give his all to the English speaking congregation. He would also lovingly reach out to the Mandarin and Hokkien speaking congregations. Pastor Alfred worked tremendously hard to grow and consolidate the church.

    Besides his pastoral skills, Pastor Alfred was a conscientious, effective and efficient overseer of the church. Pastor Alfred had strong administrative skills. He was organised, perceptive and always had the interests of the church at heart. Pastor Alfred would work round the clock for the church. It was common to receive emails from Pastor Alfred past midnight, weekends and even on his supposedly off days on Mondays. Through Pastor Alfred, we learnt a lot more about a believer's commitment to the local church family. He instituted best practices and policies on matters of memberships. He inculcated financial prudence in church expenditure while always encouraging the church to generously bless ministries in and out of Singapore. The 25th Anniversary of Legal Registration in 2005 and the 65th Anniversary Celebrations in Sep 2014 of the Beginnings of ZFGC would not have materialised but for Pastor Alfred’s meticulous tracking of our church history. Interestingly, Pastor Alfred was not only passionate about God and His People. He was extremely passionate about the church building. He was always on the lookout for areas of repair to ensure the members have excellent usable spaces for worship and ministry.

    Pastor Alfred was truly a God-send to the church in more ways than one. From a congregation of about 150 when he took over in 2003, the church has grown to about 350 in 2016. Pastor Alfred has even set a vision of 500 by 2020 for the church to pray and work towards. He always reiterated how pleased he was with the church that we never forsook our weekly corporate prayer meetings on Wednesdays. He would always stress that the engine room of the church is the power generated by corporate prayer.

    Pastor Alfred has left a long-lasting legacy in Zion Full Gospel Church. We give thanks to God for blessing the church with a great pastor like Pastor Alfred!

    Pastor Alfred loved his heavenly papa with all his heart, mind and soul even in the most trying of circumstances. Pastor Alfred’s trust in God was unwavering. His record is hard to beat. He started the race well. He fought the good fight. He finished the race.* He kept the faith. The imperishable crown awaits Pastor Alfred. Praise God for Pastor Alfred! Praise God for what He has done through Pastor Alfred! To God be the Glory, now and evermore!

    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

    2 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)

    And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

    1 Corinthians 9:25 (NKJV)

    * Rev Alfred Yeo was called home to be with the Lord on 18 Jun 2016.


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