Rev. David Chow is the president of Ambassadors for Christ, Inc. (AFC), an evangelical, Chinese Christian organization to reach Chinese students and professionals in the United States.
David Chow was born in 1949 in Indonesia, the son of Rev. and Mrs. Moses Chow, then missionaries from China working among the Indonesian, Japanese, and Chinese. At the age of 11 the family served in Japan. At the age of 13 he came to the United States.
David accepted Christ in his early childhood and made public confession in his high school years.
Rev. Chow graduated from the University of Maryland in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He attended the Graduate School of Bible and Missions at Columbia, SC where he received his Master of Arts degree in Bible and Missions in 1975. He served as pastoral staff at his home church in Maryland before joining the staff of Ambassadors for Christ in 1976. Rev. Chow was Executive Director of AFC since 1983 and became President of AFC in 2012.
Rev. Chow is among those who were instrumental in starting Chinese Mission (CMC), a triennial Chinese mission convention first held in Washington, DC in 1983. CMC has grown in size from 300 to nearly 3000 and is now held on the East Coast, West Coast and in UK and Europe with a vision to mobilize Chinese to be involved in God’s worldwide mission enterprise.
In his student days, Rev. Chow was instrumental in starting a Chinese Bible study group on the campus of University of Maryland. Forty Chinese students came to know Christ through the outreach of that Bible study group. He was chairman of the University of Maryland Bible Study Group and youth leader of his home church.
He was a Board member of the North America Congress of Chinese Evangelicals (NACOCE), a member of the Advisory Council of Tuscarora Inn in Mt. Bethel, PA, and an advisory pastor to a Chinese Church in suburban Philadelphia. In the past Rev. Chow has served on the Board of the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA) and The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM). He is advisor of CEA (Chinese Entrepreneur Association). In December 2008 Rev. Chow was presented with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lancaster Bible College.
He and his wife Karen was married in 1976. They have four children; Dalen, Daniel, Dennis, and Karissa and currently reside in Lancaster, PA. The Chows spent their sabbatical year in Taiwan and Hong Kong in 1990. In 2005 they spent their sabbatical year in Beijing to improve Chinese language and develop more in depth personal contact with Christian leaders and returnees.
As President of Ambassadors for Christ, Rev. Chow oversees the total ministry vision and operations and is a member of the Board of Directors. He also represents AFC by speaking at mission conferences, churches, and special meetings.
AFC exists to reach Chinese intellectuals for Christ by partnering with churches and other ministries, to evangelize, equip, and mobilize Chinese Intellectuals in the US and globally as a vital mission force for God's Kingdom through campus ministry, training, literature resources, and conferences. AFC is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
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