RESEARCH

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).

Introduction:

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.  

Our Work:

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.

Centre Staff

Leow Wen Pin

Leow Wen Pin

Director CDMA

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

Joanna Ong

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.

Centre Affiliates

RESEARCH FELLOWS

Research fellows are theologians, pastors, and disability professionals (who hold full-time appointments in other academic or ecclesial institutions) and who write occasional articles for the CDMA. 

A/Prof. Alex Tang

Research Fellow

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.

Kim Jungseong

Rev. Kim Jungseong

Research Fellow

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. 

Winny Soenaryo

Dr Winny Soenaryo

Research Fellow

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.  

Samuel Goh

Rev. Dr Samuel Goh

Research Fellow

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

Research Fellow

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

Research associates are short-term research affiliates who work with the CDMA on a single research project, mentored by the Director of the CDMA.  

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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.

Alumni Associates

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.

CDMA Publications

Disability Ministry in Asia Series

The CDMA’s flagship series is published in collaboration with Graceworks, an award-winning Singaporean publisher.

Enabling Hearts_Front

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.

To order the book, click here.  

 

Koinonia Papers

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)

Other Publications

The CDMA also publishes works in reputable peer-reviewed journals and other platforms:

Media Mentions

Join Us

If you are interested to join us as a Research Fellow or a Research Associate, please write to us using our Contact Us form. 

We welcome applications from any Christian who serves in an Asian context.

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