Pastor Peter Ho
Peter Ho was born on Sumatera Island in Indonesia. Although his parents were not Christians, they enrolled him in a church-run school, where he encountered the Christ of Christianity. He surrendered himself to this Christ in a youth retreat when he was thirteen and church life became a part of him ever since. The most memorable part of this was weekly choir rehearsal, monthly youth group meeting, and yearly youth retreat. There was a time when he quit church, but when he finally came back, the Lord spoke to him through a sermon on the prodigal son. He has never left since, by God’s grace. His longest lasting ministry was being a sermon interpreter (Chinese – Indonesian, or vice versa).
Although he had been called to be a full-time minister since his teen years, he did not start his training until his mid-thirties, when he was convicted of the call to counseling ministry. During his time in Westminster Seminary in California (1999-2001), he was introduced to the Biblical Counseling Movement. When he later came back to the United States to Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 2005, he was introduced to the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, where the drive is to “restore Christ to counseling, and counseling to the church.” He was then trained to put the ministry of the Word in the public and personal arenas into the forefront. Having finished the Master in Theology (ThM) program with emphasis on the New Testament in 2009, he went on to further study for the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Pastoral Counseling and is currently working on the final project. He is married to Dewi Thio.