ACPE CERTIFIED EDUCATOR REV. DR. YOKE LYE L. KWONG, MA., D. Min., BCC
Rev. Dr. Yoke Lye Kwong's passion for ministry was inspired by her family of origin in Malaysia. Her grandparents and parents emigrated from China to Malaysia when Malaysia was still ruled by the British government as a colony. Her family worked hard on the farm to prevent starvation. Her mother reached out to homeless children by housing them in an already crowded home. Her father sent her daily to care for a stranger, i.e. an elderly woman by bringing her a bowl of rice and a cup of water. Her grandmother gave her farm away to a needy neighbor when she was no longer able to work. Due to the lack of healthcare availability, her grandmother died after a long-term illness. Her childhood journey became the foundation in her commitment to ethics and service. Dr. Kwong earned a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Brandon University, Canada, an M.A. in Charismatic and Pentecostal Theology from Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma and a degree on Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations, Texas. In 2016, Dr. Kwong earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary. The title of her dissertation was "Mental Health of Chinese Americans - A Voice in the Wilderness in Search of Solidarity from their Indigenous Churches." Dr. Kwong has always been active in serving ACPE throughout her ACPE supervisory journey. For example, around 2004, she accepted an invitation from Joan Hemenway, (author of Inside the Circle: A Historical and Practical Inquiry Concerning Process Groups in Clinical Pastoral Education) to serve with the Strategic Planning Task Force of ACPE. Around the same time, Dr. Kwong responded to the REM Network (Racial Ethnic Multicultural) to serve as Vice President. Later she served as the Chair of the Diversity Task Force of the East-Central ACPE Region, and the regional representative of Ethics. She has served with the ACPE Professional Ethics Committee and ACPE Certification Committee. She speaks and writes several languages. Her journey of immigration energizes her to teach and offer workshops that stimulate dialogue in exploring intercultural, interethnic spiritual care and supervision to promote justice, compassion, inclusion and collaboration in a growing diverse and complex world. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. Her book review of Before and After Loss. A Neurologist's Perspective on Loss, Grief and our Brain by Dr. Lisa Shulman, MD was included in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling (JPCC). She is a member of Pacific, Asian, and North America Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). She is endorsed by The Coalition of Spirit-filled Churches. She holds membership with the Chinese Community Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. She enjoys participation in World Visions Marathon events. She also enjoys music, gardening, spending time with family members around the world, and engaging in Chinese calligraphy and other art projects.