The desire for God’s church
to be uncompromised
The story of CERC’s beginnings is the story of our founding pastor, Robin Gan. Born into a non-Christian family, he was converted by reading a Gospel but only grew in understanding when he had access while at The Scots College, Sydney, to the regular teaching of the Reverend Phillip Jensen, then the chaplain of Unichurch at the University of New South Wales. This experience of knowing God and understanding his own life in the light of the knowledge of Jesus’s Gospel never left him, and it was subsequently in the combined ministries of the Campus Bible Study in UNSW, the St. Matthias churches and the Ministry Training Strategy that the call to serve in the church’s ministry was clear.
Subsequent exposure to Christianity here in Malaysia in the 1990s confirmed the need, and after six years of training both as an apprentice and formal theological education at Moore Theological College, he began work as an ordained minister. The hope had always been to work within one of the existing churches to build healthy churches. After three years however it became clear that there were already many elements in the existing leadership and within the structures and culture that would make a church like CERC impossible, so the decision had to be made to start afresh. This was decided with much hesitation, given that he believed in the importance of the historic continuity of the church.