Samuel Chiu (趙汝圖)

East Asia Coordinator – Theology and Churches Global Programme

Formerly a pastor at a suburban Chinese church in Toronto, Canada, Samuel moved to Vancouver to study at Regent College in search of a deeper understanding about the intertwined relations between modern Christian faith and consumerism. There he met A Rocha, felt excited about Christians in Canada and around the world already getting involved in care for God’s creation, which is his long held passion. He joined the A Rocha Canada team in 2010, to reach out to the Asian communities in Canada. In 2012 he joined the international team part-time (based in Vancouver, with his wife Rebecca) to coordinate our outreach project in the Asian-Pacific regions, providing guidance to groups including in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Taipei. Samuel is a licensed Official Worker with the C&MA in Canada, the denomination he has been associated with since the early 1990s, with a specific role to foster conversations and engagements on creation care within the churches and beyond, both in Canada and internationally.

Samuel Chiu translated Planetwise into traditional Chinese, and the Chinese Planetwise was published in 2015, in Taipei. He writes: “There was virtually nothing in Chinese on the Biblical basis of environmental stewardship, so there was an urgent need for Chinese-speaking churches around the world to have this resource. And it really is being read around the world! I long to see Planetwise published in other Asian languages or even better, stimulating materials by indigenous scholars and writers.

Read a 2017 interview with Samuel in International News, issue 55.

Samuel Chiu

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