Gulangyu, Xiamen, Fujian, People's Republic of China
|Occupation||Reformed Evangelist and Theologian|
|Children||Elizabeth, David, Eunice, Rebecca|
|Parents||Tong Pai Hu and Tan Tjien Nio (Dorcas Tanjowati)|
Stephen Tong (Chinese: 唐崇荣; pinyin: Tang Chongrong; born 1940) is an Indonesian Reformed evangelist, Theologian, and Christian philosopher. In his ministry spanning 50 years, he has preached to more than twenty million people since 1957. As an evangelist, Tong has preached in Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, and guest lectured at many theological seminaries in Asia. He is the founder and the President of the Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International (STEMI) which has established offices in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Taipei.
Stephen Tong was born in 1940 in Xiamen, China, to a Chinese father and an Indonesian mother of Chinese descent. His family migrated to Indonesia when he was 9 years old. The family had seven sons (Tony, John, Peter, Caleb, Solomon, Stephen, Joseph), five of which would became Christian ministers later on, and one daughter (Mary). He was also known as a bright, attentive, passionate, and rush man . At the age of 17, he dedicated his life to Christ after hearing a sermon by Andrew Gih at a youth conference near Surabaya. His mother, who was a widow since he was 3, was instrumental in his spiritual life. He said of his mother, "When I was small, the first words I'd hear in the morning were those of my mother while she prayed. She prayed for each of us children by name, and asked God to guide us."
Stephen Tong obtained his Bachelor Degree in Theology (B.Th) from Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Malang, Indonesia, where he later served on the faculty, teaching theology and philosophy for 25 years. In 1985, Stephen Tong was awarded an honorary doctorate in leadership in Christian evangelism from the La Madrid International Academy of Leadership in Manila, in the Philippines. Since then he has been usually formally referred to as "Rev. Dr. Stephen Tong", despite the usual practices of a honorary degree. In May 2008, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Westminster Theological Seminary.
Stephen Tong developed a unique blend of theology, which he calls Evangelical Reformed, aiming to meet the challenge of Charismatism on one hand and Liberalism on the other hand. Evangelical Reformed seeks to invite churches to come back to the Bible, as it believes that the Bible alone is the word of God, and to encourage evangelism. Tong often laments that many of those who are fervent in holding to the biblical doctrines are not as fervent in introducing people to Christ, and vice versa .
His Method is evangelism preaching which bring out mass to the final salvation in Christ, based on the teaching of Reformed theology on the rule of Reformed Tradition. He is an advocate of the Cultural Mandate. He is also a fervent creationist, presenting his creationist ideas in rallies held in Taiwan and Singapore.
His expository sermons and seminars are attended by hundreds and thousands of people in various cities, among which the majority are young people. He has his own rhetoric flair, and even his evangelistic concept have been influenced by George Whitefield and Charles Spurgeon . Many of his sermons and seminars have been made transcripts, among which were published into 75 books. He also often give a chance to question and answer the Christian problematics from his audiences in seminars.
While Tong preaches from time to time in English, his ministries are mainly conducted among Mandarin and Indonesian-speaking audiences. Since 2000, Tong has preached expository sermons on the Gospel of John, Romans, Hebrews, James and other topics in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, and Taipei every week. Every year, Christmas and Easter mark the occasions for evangelistic rallies in these cities, in addition to other rallies in these cities and others which he visits less frequently. As an evangelist, he has influenced hundreds of thousands to become full-time ministers of the Gospel 
Since 2004, STEMI has conducted National Reformed Evangelical Conventions annually. The convention has been taking place at Wisma Kinasih Cemerlang, Sukabumi.
Stephen Tong was the founder of Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church. The church subscribes to the Reformed confessions generally accepted by Reformed churches, but it has its own confession of faith and confession of faith for evangelism.
The church has expanded to include branches in many parts of the world including Europe (Germany), North America, Asia and Australia. A new building for the Reformed Evangelical Church in Jakarta, the Messiah Cathedral (one part of the Reformed Millennium Center of Indonesia buildings) which includes a 4600-capacity auditorium (Messiah Hall), John Calvin Hall, dan Agape Hall. The rest of the Reformed Millennium Center of Indonesia buildings which includes concert hall, seminary, museum, and many other facilities are still under progress. It took 16 years to persuade the central government to issue a permit to build the church. The church building was designed by Tong himself. It is one of the largest Chinese Christian evangelical church facilities in the world, with 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of space.
The Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church and its affiliated institutions have woman evangelists, lecturers, and church council members. These are allowed to preach and assume authoritative roles, although they are not ordained.
Stephen Tong teaches that God's sovereignty falls into either or
simultaneously take one of these five degrees, namely:
1. determined/decreed by God: at beginning until the end, God permanently set His will and plan unto every man's destiny;
2. guided/led by God: every sanctified men who always waits God's will, will be voluntary doing God's guidance into his life directly;
3. allowed/permitted by God: Praying encounters with synchronous God's holy willing, possibly God will granted man's request;
4. tolerated/ignored by God: immature His sanctified people or even the wicked men can break God's guidance, then God will give them to Satan's hand or evil world wave;
5. punished/reprobated by God: related with point 1, at beginning until the end, God permanently set His will to save His people, and the rest will be perished eternally in the hell.
Tong has composed numerous Mandarin hymns and chorus, popular among many Christians . Other than preaching and teaching, his activities revolve around conducting choirs and orchestras, and educating the church in the appreciation of sacred music. His other interests include arts and architectural design, having contributed to the design of many church buildings in Indonesia. He is also known to have interest in classical music especially in Baroque era, watches, and antiques.
Stephen Tong currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is married to Alice Tong. They have one son and three daughters. One unique story about his family is his marriage. According to his wife, their romantic love stories was not started from personal dating, but ministries at Church.
|1979||Founded Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministry International (STEMI).|
|1984||Keynote speaker at the International Prayer Assembly in Seoul.|
|1985||Started SPIK (Seminar Pembinaan Iman Kristen) series in Indonesia.||it can be translated 'Christian Faith Edification Seminar'|
|1986||Founded the Indonesian Evangelical Reformed Foundation (STRI) and Founded STRIS (Sekolah Tinggi Reformed Injili Surabaya) in Surabaya and has been implemented by Rev. Andi Halim at Ngagel Street and Rev. Sutjipto Soebeno at Andhika Plaza until now.||STRI can be translated 'Evangelical Reformed Seminary'. This was followed by the establishment of further branches of STRIJ in Jakarta (1987) and STRIM in Malang (1990).|
|1986||Seminar Presenter in International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists (Amsterdam '86), sponsored by Billy Graham Association.|
|1988||Founded 'Momentum Publishing'.|
|1989||Founded Indonesian Evangelical Reformed Church. Also as keynote speaker at the Second International Congress on World Evangelization. He is a member of the International Consultants of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.|
|1991||Founded Reformed Institute in Jakarta.||It is going to being located inside Messiah Cathedral in mid 2009.|
|1996||Founded the Reformed Institute for Christianity and 21st Century in Washington, D.C.||to equip Christians for global evangelization by training them in the areas of Reformed theology, apologetics, evangelism, and the critical study of Eastern and Western cultures.|
|2006||Launched a series of worldwide seminars in attempt to debunk the claims in the Da Vinci Code.|
|2006||Started the Reformed Institute of Christianity Summer Courses.|
|2006||Keynote speaker at the World Reformed Fellowship
Congress in Johannesburg.
Together with Dr. Benyamin Intan, founded The Reformed Center for Religion and Society.
(All Books are edited and summarized in Indonesian Language) Momentum Fine Book Selection
These are adopted from many courses, et. seq.:
1. Seminar Pembinaan Iman Kristen (SPIK) [Yearly Systematic Courses]
2. Various Courses
3. Gospel Rally in Various Cities
4. Devotion in Topical Themes (Sorted Number)
5. Seminary with Another Speaker
(Most of his songs were created in Indonesian Languages and implemented in his gospel rally)
These are his songs with descriptions of the city where they were performed at the first time: