Rev. Edward Lik-Yuen Lai
Rev. Edward Lik-Yuen Lai served 3 years with New York Asian Women Center (domestic violence agency located in New York City) as senior program manager of residential services; he is also the founder of Against Rape Coalition. Against Rape Coalition has received citations from governors of many states; including but not limited to Pennsylvania and New Jersey for its work on advocate to eliminate sexual violence.
Ordained by the Evangelical Christian Church, Granbury, TX, Reverend Lai fulfilled his calling by becoming a youth pastor in 1999 and ministering the troubled youths in his community. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Army for his "leadership, selflessness, and courage in assisting the1998 southern flood victims." Though he struggled financially, he keeps his faith and continues serving needy people. The Governor of Kentucky, Honorable Paul E. Patton has commissioned the Reverend a Kentucky Colonel for his contribution on building a better Community. The Commission is the highest honor of the Commonwealth, given only to outstanding citizens with contributions to society.
A founding board member of World Fair Preservation Society, Ed has a long record of community involvement. Prior on becoming a social worker in New York City, he served as youth director at First Baptist Church of Abilene, international youth director for Dayspring Ministries International, and on staff of Chinese Christian Herald Crusade as a street evangelist from 2000-2004. He is the Bishop of Pastoral Care at International Circle of Faith (www.icof.net), and serves on its executive committee. He joined the efforts on school and orphanage building in 2003, and was appointed Associate Director of Hope For Africa - Hope For Africa International is a Humanitarian charity located in Zambia, Africa. On 2001, Reverend Lai served as a Youth Minister at City Light Community Ministries in Abilene, Texas. He had a great influence on keeping the kids off the streets; he also founded "Fellowship Thingin" to minister and fellowship with students from Hardin-Simmons University. Rev. Lai is an inspirational speaker as well as an excellent leader. His heart and love for people has established a network of youth workers in West Texas. He served as the international Youth Director for Dayspring Ministries International and Evangelical Christian Church from 2002-2003. Rev. Lai is dedicated in getting troubled youth off the streets and encouraging teens to finish school. He believes that many youth can benefit from more knowledge of God.
Since a Child, Ed has dedicated his life to serve. When he was 16, he became a Christian and when he was 18 he was called to be a minister of the Gospel. Currently, he serves as Bishop of Pastoral Care of International Circle Of Faith (ICOF). The ministry serves over 30000 ministers worldwide, and is considered to be one of the fastest growing Christian movements. Rev. Lai founded Against Rape Coalition in 2003 to advocate and promote public awareness of sexual crime; the coalition received more than 45 proclamations from mayors and governors of many States and cities.
Reverend Lai has been a member of many organizations. He is the honorary chair for Taylor County Young Republicans, a former chair for Hardin-Simmons University College Republicans Club, a former member of the Texas State College Republicans Executive Committee, an Area Representative for Gospel of Asia, a covenant member of the National Network of Youth Ministries, member of the board of elders of Dayspring Ministries International, member of Association of Evangelical Clergy, member of the American Association of Christian Therapists, Ordained member of the Evangelical Christian Church of America and a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He was consecrated a bishop of the church by Dr. Bernie L. Wade, presiding bishop of International Circle of Faith at the age of 24.
Rev. Lai's achievement and awards are numerous, including but not limited to: the prestigious Kentucky Colonel, Admiral of the Great Navy of Nebraska, Honorary Tar Heel, Honorary Mountaineer, Honorary Hoosier, Ambassador of Good Will of Arkansas, Ambassador of Good Will of Tennessee, Ambassador of Good Will of West Virginia, Governor Citation from the Governor of Maryland, honorary colonel of the Alabama State National Guard by the governor of Alabama, and commendation letters from Gov. James E. McGreevey and Richard J. Cody of New Jersey. Governor Culver of Iowa wrote on the commendation to Rev. Lai on April 4th, 2007 "Your commitment to serve your fellow man is noticed and appreciated. It is because of your services that our country remains strong. Please accept our congratulations on a job well done." A recipient of President Volunteer Service Gold Award, Ed was appointed an Aide de Camp with the rank of colonel by Governor Richardson of New Mexico in 2005.
A proud alumni of the San Marcos Baptist Academy, Ed graduated a cadet captain and was inducted to Class Hall of Fame. He is a Certified Advanced Pastoral Counselor of the American Association of Christian Therapists. Educated in Hardin-Simmons University and University of Maryland, Reverend Lai is currently pursuing a BS/MBA from Western Governors University.
Ed gained corporate and retail management experiences working with Duane Reade Inc, Care Plus Health Plan, MHRA and Pearl Concepts Inc; he is currently developer for Zenith Company of Hong Kong while leading the development efforts for Lazaro Orphanage Care in Africa. Ed resides in New York City with his wife, Ivy.
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