I graduated from Columbia Bible College in British Columbia, Canada. When riots broke out in Indonesia in 1998, I returned to my homeland and served in Mawar Sharon Church which has expanded into 30,000 members in this nation.
Today, I’m entrusted to lead as Vice Head-Pastor of Mawar Sharon church which oversees 70 local churches all around the country. At a young age, I am so fortunate to have personally witnessed more than 100,000 souls led to Christ. My passion is to fan into flame the fire of spiritual awakening every where, raising up pastors and leaders who are anointed in every field --especially in Asia. Moreover, I’m yearning to see every nation on the face of the earth experience a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
I'm happily married to my wife, Irene Saphira, and we are blessed with 3 children: Vanessa, Jeremy, and Waren.
I was about ready to leave the sanctuary of a church in Vancouver, Canada, when they challenged us non-believers to accept Jesus. Right before I put my hand on the door handle, to my surprise, an audible voice called me loudly, “Philip, if you are not saved today, you will never be saved!” I was shocked and I lifted my hand and ran to the front like a little child. That was God’s voice for sure! My spiritual journey began right after that altar call in 1992 when I was 18 years and it has affected me until today.
I was born as a healthy and normal baby, but there was an accident that led me to grow up frail along with short term memory. I fell from my bed when I was only 2 months old. Since then, my body often shook and my legs were weak so that I needed leg braces and a pair of shoes made of iron that are usually used for people who get polio. The condition of my brain wasn’t strong either because I had difficulty memorizing simple things such as classes or even the spelling of my own name.
All of those conditions were changed when the power of the Holy Spirit anointed me on my way to my school in Taipei, Taiwan. God listened to my mother’s prayer in Indonesia and He miraculously healed me. I didn’t become a good person even though I was healed. In fact I was involved in many juvenile delinquent activities which included fierce fighting where I almost lost my life in many occasions and took the lives of others as well. It wasn’t until 1992 when God saved me in Vancouver, Canada.
God entrusted me with a heart of a shepherd and with an evangelist's anointing to win my generation. “Army of God” was born from that calling -- a great movement and youth revival fire emerging from Surabaya. I experienced a tragic vision about hell in the year 2000 and that testimony has caused the wave of repentance everywhere I preach through crusades called “A Trip to Hell”.
From the rain of salvation, God then led me to the healing river through the ministry known as “The Festival of God’s Power” to prove that miracles still exist and happen today. The Holy Spirit’s fire that was set ablaze in 2000 has never died down ever since. Moreover, it has spread around Asia and all over the world. Just as Paul’s handkerchief in his ministry, our media ministry through a program named "Before 30", which is aired on National TV, reaches out with the Gospel of peace to every living room in Indonesia!
If you ask me why I work so diligently in the Lord’s harvest field, the answer couldn't be simpler: because my eyes are fixed on a vision from Heaven! Through a personal encounter with Jesus Christ in 2003, I received the burden for Mawar Sharon Church organization to build 1000 strong local churches with 1,000,000 disciples of Christ! That's my life's mission.