A bit of history … Birth of SCEM and Change of Name to SCGM

The 12 Singapore delegates who attended the Asia Leadership Congress on Evangelism from 1-10 November 1978 appointed Rev Ho Chee Sin as the Protem Chairman and Dr Chris D Thomas as Protem Secretary. They requested them to call for a meeting of Christian leaders at the national level on 2 January 1979 for the purpose of establishing the Singapore Association of Missions for the missionary task of world evangelism. 23 delegates from various denominations and para-church organisations attended the meeting which was held at the Bible House chapel on 2 January 1979.

In April 2009, SCEM’s organisational name was officially changed from SCEM to SCGM…

A ten-member protem committee was appointed to work out a constitution for the proposed Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions: Rev Ho Chee Sin (Protem Chairman), Dr C D Thomas (Protem Secretary) and eight members – Rev Patrick Lau, Rev Carl Blanford, Rev Alfred Yeo, Rev James Wong, Mr Tan Kok Beng, Mr Dave Dawson, Mr Khor Tong Keng and Dr E J Thoraisingam.

The protem committee met 4 times and presented a proposed constitution on the 9 March 1979 at a general meeting which was held at the Bible House chapel. 52 delegates attended the meeting and accepted the proposed constitution with some minor amendments and requested the protem

committee to register the society with the Registrar of Societies, Singapore.

On 24 April 1979, an application was made to the Registrar of Societies, Singapore for registration. The Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions became a registered society on 7 March 1980. The inaugural general meeting of SCEM was held on 18 April 1980 at the Bible House chapel and the protem committee members were elected en bloc as the Board of Directors of SCEM for 2 years. 29 members were present for this historic meeting.

Over the past decades, SCEM was led by faithful men and women, pastors and leaders

of missions organisations who served on the board of the organisation stewarding the vision given by God through the founding leaders. In April 2009, SCEM’s organisational name was officially changed from SCEM to SCGM, reflecting the missions thrust of the organisation to serve churches in missions in a globalised context. On 1 July 2010, SCGM organised a 30th anniversary celebration of God’s faithfulness to the ministry. The list of

Executive Directors who have led SCEM and later SCGM over the years include these names: Michael Jaffarian, Aow Kong Yow, Andre De Winne, Stanley Ow, Juliette Arulrajah and Lawrence Ko.

As a Society and registered Charity we depend on freewill contributions from members, well-wishers and friends who support our vision and mission. Support comes from both churches and missions organisations in Singapore as well as from individuals.

Contributions may be sent (cheques made payable to
Singapore Centre for Global Missions

mail to:

Raffles City P.O. Box 1052
Singapore 911736

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