John and Karen Louis
Senior Evangelist & Women’s Ministry Leader, Youth & Campus Ministries
Born in 1963 in Malaysia to Philip Eastus Louis and Sosamma Louis of Taiping, John Louis grew up the second of six sons. At 15, he entered an English boarding school in Devon, England. While pursuing his Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the City University, London, John was invited to study the Bible and subsequently decided to become a disciple of Jesus. Upon graduating in 1985 he entered the full-time ministry of the London Church of Christ. It was there that he met his future wife, Karen McDonald, and the two were married in 1987. In the coming years, he was able to reason with his whole family about God and the truth of the Scriptures. This eventually led both of his parents and all of his siblings to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Karen was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, in the United States of America. Despite growing up in a wonderful family and being popular among her peers, she searched for more in life and turned to seriously reading the Bible at age seventeen. The truth she found inspired and spurred her on to join a church planting from her hometown traditional Church of Christ congregation to Amherst, Massachusetts at the age of nineteen (that planting has since become the Springfield Sector of the Boston Church of Christ). After receiving her degree in Classics (Cum Laude) at the University of Massachusetts in 1985, she was eager to grow in her knowledge of God and to help others do so. She moved to London to be part of the London Church of Christ and later joined the full-time ministry in 1987.
John and Karen Louis moved to Singapore shortly after being married in London and officially began the Central Christian Church of Singapore in 1988. They are currently overseeing many affiliated churches in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and Mongolia – now known as the South-East Asian Region of Churches (SEA Churches).
In addition to his pastoral work, John is also founder and president of HOPE worldwide (Singapore), and is a trained family life educator and marriage counsellor. Both John and Karen hold a graduate certificate in Parent Leadership Education Training from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, a Master’s Degree in Counselling from Monash University, and are Professional Members of the American and the Australian Counselling Associations. They are also Registered Counsellors with the Singapore Association for Counselling.
John has been responsible for spearheading many of the HOPE worldwide initiatives in the South-East Asian region, including starting orphanages and free medical clinics in Indonesia and Malaysia, and pioneering Movie TherapyTM in Singapore. John and Karen have conducted conferences, seminars and workshops on marriage and parenting throughout the world. They work closely with the Family Life Education programmes by Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS), and give talks through the Family Life Education (FLE) and Family Life Ambassador (FLA) programmes; and also with the Health Promotion Board on providing public health education workshops on Mental Wellness, Smoking Cessation and the risks of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
John and Karen have two children.