KIN seeks to undertake research in order to produce resources that will empower churches and other Christian communities in the area of disability ministry.
The key vehicle for this is the Centre for Disability Ministry in Asia (CDMA), a research centre established in collaboration with the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST).
The CDMA was established in 2020 in collaboration with the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST) to generate contextually-relevant research and publication in the area of disability ministry to resource Asian churches, starting with Singapore.
The CDMA is KIN’s primary vehicle for developing resources that support disability ministry in Asian Christian communities. The CDMA is led by a Director, and supported by affiliated Research Fellows and Research Associates.
The CDMA also oversees the credit aspects of the Certificate of Christian Disability Ministry, e.g. student supervision and marking of assignments.
The work of the CDMA is divided into three major areas:
Disability Ministry in Asia (DMA) series. In collaboration with the publisher Graceworks, the CDMA publishes the DMA resource series in order to resource churches in Asia in the area of disability ministry.
Koinonia Papers. The CDMA team regularly publishes research briefs, called “Koinonia Papers”, that explore different aspects of disability ministry. These papers are primarily aimed at disability ministry leaders.
Independent Projects. The CDMA team publishes ad hoc pieces of research that seek to inform Asian disability ministry.
Leow Wen Pin
Mr Leow is Director of the Centre for Disability Ministry in Asia, and Lecturer in Biblical and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Biblical Graduate School of Theology. He edited the CDMA’s first publication, Enabling Hearts: A Primer for Disability-Inclusive Churches.
Research Coordinator CDMA
Ms Ong is the Research Coordinator for the Centre for Disability Ministry in Asia. She supports the CDMA’s Director in setting the research agenda for the CDMA, as well as managing the CDMA’s major projects. Her current research for the CDMA focuses on (i) designing a series of Bible studies for promoting inclusion within the church setting, as well as (ii) developing a curriculum for inclusive Sunday School.
A/Prof. Alex Tang
Alex Tang, MD, PhD, is a Consultant Paediatrician in a private hospital and Associate Professor of Paediatrics in Monash University in Malaysia. He is a practical theologian and bioethicist, and teaches in numerous seminaries in the region. His current research for the CDMA includes spirituality in disability, ageing, and dementia.
Rev. Kim Jungseong
Rev Kim Jungseong is an ordained minister of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), and currently pastors Hahn-In CRC in Wyoming, Michigan. He is a candidate in the Doctor of Ministry in Disability and Ministry programme at Western Theological Seminary, where his research focuses on designing inclusive communities for Korean churches in Asian contexts. His current research for the CDMA focuses on shame, honour, and disability.
Dr Winny Soenaryo
Dr. Winny Soenaryo, OTD, OTR/L, M.Min, is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist and an educational consultant who has practised in Indonesia, Singapore, and the USA. Cross-trained in theology, she has taught at higher education institutions, including several seminaries in Indonesia. Her research interests are in the area of disability ministry that focus on providing curricula for the special needs children and support systems for families.
Rev. Dr Samuel Goh
Dr Goh is is Lecturer in Old Testament at the Brisbane School of Theology. He completed his PhD in Old Testament Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 2008. He has authored six books in the area of biblical studies in both English and Mandarin, along with many journal articles. Before lecturing, he was a pastor of a church in Singapore for a decade. His current research for the CDMA focuses on a biblical theology of disability.
Rev. Dr Jimmy Tan
Dr Tan is Chaplain and Lecturer of Pastoral and Practical Theology at Trinity Theology College, Singapore. His current research for the CDMA focuses on pastoral dimensions of disability ministry.
Research associates are short-term research affiliates who work with the CDMA on a single research project, mentored by the Director of the CDMA.
Ms Natalie Lam
Research Associate (2021)
Natalie is a final-year Master of Divinity student at Trinity Theological College. She served with Wesley Methodist Church as a short-term missionary in Northern Thailand. In another life, she was a litigation lawyer and graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Laws and a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore. She is called to the Singapore Bar. Her research for the CDMA focuses on undertaking a disability-ministry landscape survey of Singapore churches.
Ms Ong Ching Hui
Research Associate (2020)
Ching Hui’s research during her time with the CDMA focused on the topic of Asian missiology of disability. Her CDMA research work was published in the Asia Journal of Theology (book review, 2020) as well as Journal of Asian Missions (article forthcoming, 2021).
Ms Chen Ying Jie
Research Associate (2020)
Ying Jie’s research with the CDMA focused on the interaction between language, identity, and disability. Her CDMA research work will be published in the Asia Journal of Theology (article forthcoming, 2021).
Ms Hannah Quek
Research Associate (2020)
Hannah is a geography undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. She currently attends Zion Bishan Bible Presbyterian Church in Singapore. Her research for the CDMA focused on faith and intellectual disability in children.
Disability Ministry in Asia Series
The CDMA’s flagship series is published in collaboration with Graceworks, an award-winning Singaporean publisher.
Enabling Hearts: A Primer for Disability-Inclusive Churches, edited by Leow Wen Pin. (Disability Ministry in Asia Series, Volume 1)
This handbook introduces churches to the basics required to start a disability ministry. The book comprises overviews of disability theology and ministry, various issues common to all disability ministries (e.g. creating physical access), how to include people with specific disabilities, and case studies of Singaporean disability ministries.
To see the Table of Contents, click here.
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The CDMA’s occasional paper series is written for lay leaders and clergy who oversee or volunteer with disability ministries.
- Paper 1/2021 – Some Biblical Reflections on Disability, by Rev Dr Samuel Goh (e-version)
- Paper 3/2020 – Teaching Children with Intellectual Disability / Autism in the Sunday School Setting, by Norman Kee (e-version)
- Paper 2/2020 – Including People with Physical Disabilities in Church, by Sherena Loh (e-version)
- Paper 1/2020 – Discipling the Differently Abled into Disciplemakers, by Jacqueline Woo (Easy Read Version; Non-Easy Read Version)
The CDMA also publishes works in reputable peer-reviewed journals and other platforms:
- Ong Ching Hui & Leow Wen Pin. “Towards an Asian Disability Missiology: Reflections from Singapore.” Journal of Asian Missions (forthcoming).
- Leow Wen Pin. Review of Disabilities and the Disabled in the Roman World, by Christian Laes, Journal of Disability and Religion.
- Leow Wen Pin. Review of Pastoral Care and Intellectual Disability: A Person-Centred Approach, by Anne Katherine Shurley, Journal of Disability and Religion.
- Ong Ching Hui. Review of Disability in Mission: The Church’s Hidden Treasure, by David C. Deuel & Nathan G. John, Asia Journal of Theology, 34, no. 1 (2020): 141-143.
- “‘God did not make us independent; He made us interdependent’: Embracing those with disabilities as KIN”, Salt & Light, June 25, 2021.
- “Providing pastoral care for families with special needs? It’s not just a pastor’s role, it’s yours too”, Salt & Light, Apr 5, 2021.
- “Disability Mission in Singapore”, Joni & Friends Blog, Mar 5, 2021.
- “Want to start a disability ministry in your local church? Here’s a one-stop resource”, Salt & Light, Feb 4, 2021.
- “Disability”, Cathedral Podcast, Jan 6, 2021.
- “How do Sunday schools meaningfully include children with special needs?”, Salt & Light, Dec 2, 2020.
- “How can churches better include people with special needs,” Salt & Light, 12 October 2020.
- “Blind greet, drummer with Down’s Syndrome, inspire participants at disability-inclusive course for churches,” Salt & Light, 31 August 2020.
- “New course launched to help churches build disability-inclusive communities,” Salt & Light, 18 May 2020.