Dr. James “Butch” Tanner
Dr. James “Butch” Tanner accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of nine. As a young boy who was captivated by riverboats and the power of the Mississippi River, Butch’s childhood dream consisted of growing up to be a forest ranger, living in the woods along the river, and never having to talk to anyone! But, at age fifteen, he surrendered his life to God’s call and became a preacher of the Gospel.
Dr. Tanner earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee in 1981 and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas with a Master of Divinity (1984) and Doctor of Ministry (1990). He served pastorates in Tennessee and Texas while completing his education degrees.
Dr. Tanner and his wife Carole have been married for 30 years. Their two grown daughters, Jill and Kay, are both professional photographers and live in Longview, Texas.
Dr. Tanner loves leading the church, preaching, and teaching for the purpose of seeing life transformation. He sincerely believes Jesus has the power to change lives and there is truly nothing which is insurmountable or impossible with God. Building strong personal relationships with fellow believers is important as we are challenged to go beyond what we can do individually to accomplish the great task of sharing the life-giving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ms. Angie French, Minister of Music
Angie French assumed the position of Minister of Music at Kowloon International Baptist Church in the summer of 2005. Her responsibilities at KIBC include worship planning and leadership for all Sunday services, as well as directing the KIBC Adult Choir, Praise Teams, and other musical ensembles. Angie grew up in Marble Falls, Texas, and began to develop an interest in music and overseas ministry from a young age. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, as well as a Master of Music degree in Church Music from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
Mr. Patrick Ho, Minister of Children and Families
Patrick Ho and Stasia Yu, his wife, married in 2009. Both of them have been serving in Children’s Ministries since they first met. Stasia is currently an Art and English teacher. Patrick Ho and his sister were the first generation that benefited from the children’s ministry at an Alliance Church in Mong Kok, where his parents have been attending for over 40 years. Being the oldest boy, Patrick was often reminded to set a good example for the rest of the children who looked up to him within the church. This expectation planted the seed of God’s calling in his life.
After Patrick graduated from college, God began to lead him to serve in Children’s Ministries as a volunteer. He received his first training at Children’s Ministries Institute, Warrenton, Missouri (2004). Then he earned his Master’s Degree in Theological Studies and Early Childhood Certificate at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (2007). Later, he served as a full time minister to children in Bay Area, California, until he moved back to Hong Kong in 2011.
Patrick is committed to empowering families within the church to become centers of Christian nurturing, and so it is vital to encourage parents to set a life example before their children in their daily walk with God, to equip them for teaching their children the Word of God, and to organize families into a network of mutual support by developing stronger relationships and accountability with one another.