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Wilson Phang
Personnel Care Provider
(719) 633-2078 x 109 voice
(719) 633-2970 fax

Contact
Wilson Phang

Office
World Headquarters (Colorado Springs, USA)

Wilson's Story
Wilson was born in Singapore, and raised in Malaysia. He came over to the United States to attend Biola University, Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and then San Francisco State University. His study was in the field of Psychology and Clinical Social Work. He had practiced psychiatric therapy since 1986. In 1996 he began to consider obeying God's call to full-time ministry.

He and his wife, Esther, candidated with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1997, where Wilson would serve as a therapists to the missionaries in the Southeast Asia region. However, feeling he needed more Biblical training, he enrolled at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Wilson graduated with a Masters in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Family Ministry. It was at the latter part of his time in seminary that God's directions to the mission became clearer. With this clarity, we changed our direction in 2000 and joined Campus Crusade for Christ.

Wilson taught Pastoral Counseling and directed the Master program in Pastoral Counseling at one of Campus Crusade's seminaries from 2001-2006.

In 2006, Wilson and Esther joined Barnabas International, a mission organization dedicated to member care – the care of all full-time Christian workers. These include evangelists, missionaries, pastors, church planters and their support staff and families. The bulk of Wilson's ministry is as an itinerant preacher/teacher, speaking at conferences, seminars, workshops and pulpits. He also provides psychotherapy/counseling and responds to psychiatric crisis to those in need.

Wilson's wife, Esther, is the daughter of the late pastor of the Chinese Independent Baptist Church in Oakland, California. Esther graduated from Multnomah Bible College in 1991. She received God's calling to full-time missions while attending Urbana. She served in an administrative role at the mission school in Singapore for five years, in a Christian counseling center in California for 2 years, in an American Chinese church in California for 2 years, as the Women's Ministry director for 1 year in Colorado.


Joined EMI: June 2012

Family
Married to Esther. Three children - Rebecca (19), Ashley (17) and Jared (15)

Professional Training and Experience
  • B.A. Psychology - Biola University, California
  • Masters in Clinical Social Work – San Francisco State University, California
  • Masters in Pastoral Studies/Family Ministry – Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Oregon
  • Certified Mental Health Professional – Washington, Oregon and California
  • Ordained Minister - Grace Chapel Castle Rock, Colorado
2 years as a Child and Family Therapist with delinquent and substance dependent adolescents - California.

7 years as a psychiatric therapist in an inpatient acute psychiatric treatment facility for the adult mentally ill - San Francisco, California. Appointed as the senior clinician for the Asian Task Force and Director of Intake/Discharge at the latter portion of my career at this hospital. Also functioned as a county certified clinician for assessment for involuntary commitments.

2 years as a Director of Specialized Care Department - Washington. This department provided care for the adult mentally ill who are about to be discharged from the state hospital back to the community who has a proclivity to repeat offenses, consequently bringing much of the community's opposition to their placement with them. Also functioned as a county certified clinician for assessment for involuntary commitments.

2 years as a Child and Family Therapist in a high security inpatient treatment facility for troubled adolescents - Oregon.

2 years – adjunct professor at Nanyang University in Singapore, lecturing in counseling methodologies.

Ministry Experience
1 year pastoral intern overseeing Men's Ministry, Small Group Ministry and Outreach Ministry - Washington.

5 years – resident faculty, teaching and directing the Master in Pastoral Counseling department – International School of Theology, Singapore.

2 and a half years - military psychologist - Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. Early responder in the 2004 Asia tsunami.

May 2006–Mar 2012 - on staff with Barnabas International, providing member care in Asia via direct therapeutic response, training via seminars, conferences, workshops, retreats, and pulpit ministry. Served as Associate Director May 2007-June 2008. Early responder in the 2004 tsunami in Asia and 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Wilson and Esther Phang
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