Tony, Adrielle, and Esther at Adrielle's Traditional Korean 1st Birthday Party

ABOUT US

Tony Chuang is an ordained pastor, evangelist, scholar, and Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism at Hope Community Bible Church. His wife Esther Shin Chuang is a concert pianist, gospel singer, and Pastor of Music and Worship at the Church of the Savior. Over their lives, they have lived in a total of five countries as well as visited countless more, so cross-cultural ministry comes naturally for them. Currently, Tony is pursuing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Esther completed her Doctorate of Worship Studies at Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.


Combining their passion for global revival, zeal for evangelism, and strong academic foundations, they are strengthening Christians in many nations across four continents, training local leaders as much as doing the work of ministry themselves in reaching non-Christians. When they travel, they partner with churches and schools to do conferences, seminars, special services, evangelistic concerts, and more. When they are not traveling, they serve in their home church through discipleship, evangelism, and worship leading. Believing in a holistic gospel, they are active in their local community in various ways. As a team, they have ministered in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Uganda, Kenya, Korea, Taiwan, Haiti, Jamaica, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria.

 

Tony Chuang

"Tony is a passionate preacher. We were all convinced of his convictions and challenged to make them our own."
- Brian Talbot (Senior Pastor, Greenfield Park Baptist Church, Montréal, QC, Canada)
 

Tony Chuang (莊智超) was born in Taipei, Taiwan but grew up in Penang, Malaysia. After high school, he went to Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA (USA) to get a Bachelor's degree. He transferred to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, ON (Canada) and completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He then completed his Master of Divinity (summa cum laude) at Moody Theological Seminary. He is now residing in Chicagoland and writing the dissertation for a PhD in Intercultural Studies.

 

Throughout his childhood, he grew up with people of all cultures and ethnicities. In Taiwan, he was raised a Buddhist and was well-acquainted with ancestral and idol worship. In Malaysia, he heard the Muslim prayer (Salat) 5 times a day. Everything that he is now, he owes to the grace of God.

 

Through a hospital experience, God has saved him from both physical death and spiritual death.While an university student, Tony was very active in campus ministry. He was the prayer coordinator with Campus Crusade for Christ, served on the team with the Veritas Forum, led small group Bible studies, hosted daily prayer meetings, and evangelized tirelessly on campus. His evangelism efforts include doing "Free Hugs," striking a conversation with people on benches, giving gospel tracts at Marijuana parties, debating atheists on the radio, open-air preaching in the school hall, and many more creative attempts. His passion for lost souls is one of his defining characteristics.

Since graduation, Tony briefly worked as a computer programmer. But his call by God to full-time ministry was too strong for him to ignore. He then started pursuing (Master of Divinity) God’s calling in his life to be a full-time minister of the gospel because he could not imagine another way of life. He simply must preach! This fire is too intense for him to hold in (Jer 20:9)! Likewise, he believes that Hellfire is too damning for any of us to hold the gospel in…Tony would do anything, ANYTHING (Rom 9:3), to see lost souls come to truly know Christ, especially his older brother (of course within moral bounds). Tony is an ordained minister and currently serving as the Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism at Hope Community Bible Church at Park Ridge, IL. In this local church, Tony strategizes and executes plans to help impact the community more. Tony regularly visits families in underserved communities and builds relationships with the unchurched.

 

It is to that end that he prays nonstop (cf. 1 Thess 5:17) and for that end he tries to work harder than anyone (cf. 1 Cor 15:10). He has preached in churches across Canada, United States, Korea, Taiwan, and Haiti. He likes to preach expository messages from a passage from the Bible and let God's Word do the talking. A common theme is the holiness of God and the need for revival.

Esther Chuang

"Esther’s giftedness with music and her heart for the Lord brought our church into the worship of our great Savior! And, if pianos had a voice of their own, ours would have been shouting for joy at the opportunity to be used as it was."
- Fred & Grace Burtelson (Pastor and Wife, Grace Fellowship Church, Woodstock, NY, USA)
 

Esther Shin Chuang, an award-winning pianist and singer, has ministered on four continents: North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has led worship, shared music and encouraged audiences with her testimony in numerous churches, universities, and conferences in countries around the world. 

 

Her journey of music began when she began playing the piano at the age of four. She gave her first solo concert in the US and in Korea when she was seven years old, and has continued to perform in numerous prestigious venues like New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As the winner of the Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition at the Brevard Music Festival, she performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra on the Soloists of Tomorrow Concert. She has won numerous competitions including the 11th Zimmerli Piano Competition, 19th International Young Artist Competition, Associated Teachers of Music League Young Artist Competition, Baltimore Music Club Competition, and the Manchester Young Artist Competition.

 

Esther has participated in the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Beethoven Institute, Brevard Music Festival, the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Austria, and the Aspen Music Festival for five summers as a full scholarship recipient. In summer 2011, she was the Assistant Dean of the Brevard Music Festival and School.

 

Esther earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She also studied as a scholarship student in the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City. Her piano teachers include Ann Schein, Boris Slutsky, Ernest Barretta, Sandra Shen, and Un-Young Whang. Her voice teachers include Kyungsook Lee Shin (her mother), Winifred Brown, and Desiree Hassler. 

 

After completing her Master of Music, she entered the Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL, to be equipped as an international music missionary. Prior to coming to Moody Seminary, she pursued her calling by organizing and leading multi-campus worship and prayer events at various colleges and music festivals across the U.S, and by sharing music at organizations that serve people who are homeless, elderly, ill, and at risk youths.

 

During her time at Moody Seminary, more doors began to open for her to minister through music. She has been regularly invited to lead worship at churches and conferences in the States and overseas, and she has developed a unique worship concert which she has presented in over 100 churches. In addition to her passion in music ministry, she desires to disciple musicians to be worshipers of God. She has taught music and worship classes and mentored students as an adjunct faculty in the Music Department of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL.

In May 2013, Esther completed her Seminary studies and earned a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship. In 2019, she completed her Doctorate of Worship Studies at Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Esther is currently the Pastor of Music and Worship at the Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL. Esther and her husband Tony Chuang, evangelist and preacher, share the same vision of being God’s instrument in bringing all the people and nations into the presence of God. Together, they will continue to proclaim the gospel and praise God all over the nations. 

 

“Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live!” - Psalm 146:1-2

Credentials

Tony Chuang

  • Ordained Minister

  • Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism - Hope Community Bible Church

  • PhD in Intercultural Studies - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (In progress, PhD Candidate)

  • Presentations at Evangelical Missiological Society (National) and Midwest Mission Studies Fellowship

  • Authored chapters in two academic books and a book review in an academic journal. Book chapters are:

    • "Process from Neighbor to Disciple-Maker: Missiological Insights" in Missional Disciple-Making: Disciple-Making for the Purpose of Mission (2019)​

    • "A Chinese Modernity: What Feng Shui, Ancestors, Mazu, Buddhism, and Mao Can Teach Us about a Different Kind of Secularization" in Against the Tide: Mission Amidst the Global Currents of Secularization (2019)

  • Master of Divinity with Pastoral Studies Emphasis (summa cum laude) - Moody Theological Seminary

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science  - University of Ontario Institute of Technology

 

Esther Shin Chuang

  • Pastor of Music and Worship - Church of the Savior

  • Doctor of Worship Studies - Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

  • Former Adjunct Professor of Music - Moody Bible Institute

  • Winner of several piano competitions in multiple countries

  • Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship - Moody Theological Seminary

  • Master of Music - Manhattan School of Music

  • Bachelor of Music - Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University

  • Pre-College - The Juilliard School

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, inerrant and inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

  • We believe that there is one God, who has revealed Himself as a Triune God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)

 

  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that He took upon Him our nature, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, died on the cross as an atonement of the sins of the world, rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven and He will come again to set up His Kingdom and to judge the dead. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17;20:4-6, 11-15)

 

  • We believe that man was created in God's image but fell into sin, and therefore all men will face judgment. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who bore our sins on the cross. God will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and the unrighteous will face everlasting punishment in hell. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 23; John 3:3; Acts 13:38, 39; 4:12; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

 

  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a Christlike life. (John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.)

 

  • We believe that all followers of Jesus Christ are called to witness our Lord Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel, and discipling all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15)

 

 

Note: Some of this has been adapted from Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, whom we respect and agree with considerably.

 

© 2020 by Tony and Esther Chuang