Fuller Seminary's Al Dueck and Fred Messick paid their respects at the December 8 memorial service
Photo credit: China Christian Council/TSPM
750 people gathered at Mochoulu Church in Nanjing, China on December 8 to
attend the memorial service for Bishop K. H. Ting, who passed away late
November at the age of 98.
decades of leadership of the Protestant Christian Church in China, Bishop Ting, an Anglican bishop and leader of China's official Protestant Church,
leaves behind a lasting legacy for the Chinese church.
Seminary’s Dr. Alvin Dueck of the School of Psychology and Fred Messick, associate
vice president of Public Affairs, represented President Richard J. Mouw at the
service. Bishop Ting had a nearly three-decades-long friendship with Fuller
Seminary, beginning with President David Allan Hubbard and continuing with Dr.
At Saturday’s memorial
service, Dr. Dueck and Messick were asked to share greetings from Fuller and
describe the school’s long friendship with Bishop Ting.
The service was
led by Rev. Gao Feng, president of the China Christian Council. Elder Fu
Xianwei, chair of China’s Three-Self Patriotic Movement, presented the life
story of Bishop Ting. The sermon, titled “Love Never Ends,” was delivered by
Reverend Matthew Deng.
The memorial was
followed by an evening banquet hosted by the China Christian Council, which included
friendly conversations and tributes to Bishop Ting, who was remembered as an
important figure in the Chinese church.
Fuller first made connections
with Bishop Ting in 1983, when Dr. Hubbard traveled to China with a delegation of
Fuller trustees. At this time, following the difficult days of the
Cultural Revolution, churches, seminaries, and Bible schools were reopening. Bishop
Ting asked for Fuller's assistance in providing books for the library of
Nanjing Union Theological Library, the leading seminary in
A decade later, in
1993, new-Fuller President Mouw invited Bishop Ting to speak at his
inauguration service. In the years since, Bishop Ting and Dr. Mouw
developed a strong friendship and visited each other often to discuss
theological issues, seminary education, and their personal perspectives on
In 2003, Bishop
Ting shared with Dr. Mouw about the need among Chinese churches for
learning exchanges in the area of pastoral counseling. Fuller has since
participated in exchanges both in China and at the Fuller campus in