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Terry Chan - paris, france

My parents emigrated from Hong Kong to France so I was born and raised in Paris. They were Buddhists but converted to Christianity few years later after they arrived in France so I grew up going to church when I was a kid and gradually turn to Christ myself in my teenage years.

The call to become a pastor came at age 19 while I was serving with a church planter in Nantes, West coast of France. After that experience, I went to study communication and advertising. Then, I took another year off to serve in South Africa as a missionary with Operation Mobilization and worked to save some money.

In 2008, I moved to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute and graduated four years later with a Bachelor in Theology. Then, I moved to Boston area to earn my Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2015. It was during my time in the US that my call to plant a church in Paris became clearer.

The summer 2015, after seven years spent in America, I moved back to France to work in a Parisian church as a pastoral intern to be acquainted again with the French culture, still having in mind to plant a church.

Now that my internship is over, my pastor has been encouraging me to start this church planting project. And I am very excited to be back in NYC for the International Intensive training.

But I am even more excited to share the good news of Jesus with my French fellows, especially after all the terrorists attacks that happened the last two years on our soil, I pray that God will shine in the City of Light.