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.
Pastoral Intern Tim Schaertel
Tim Schaertel was born and raised in Rochester New York attending Redeemer Lutheran Church. He did not however, become a believer in Christ until he was 29 years old. He then began attending Calvary Chapel Rochester for 2 years before he was led to serve as Worship Team Leader for New Beginning Christian Community Church in Penfield. In the 13 years that he attended New Beginning, Tim was raised up as an Elder in the church and served on the church’s board of directors.
Tim has also been involved in several outreach ministries such as Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, where he would pass out Bibles and share the Gospel with inmates at the Monroe County Jail on a weekly basis. For several years Tim has also been preaching the Word of God at the Open-Door Mission and conducting Chapel Services there. He served at Grace Road Church on the Overwatch and Worship Team ministries for 2 years. He has been involved in some street evangelism and served in a disaster relief ministry after Hurricane Katrina.
Tim recently completed the internship program at Grace Road Church and is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Ministry at “In Christ Alone Bible College.” He then plans to pursue his Masters Degree in Divinity at Whitfield Theological Seminary.
He has been married for 20 years to his wife Kathy and they live with their 2 dogs Samuel and Jackson in East Irondequoit. Tim has also been employed at Wegmans for 25 years.