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Obituary for Rev Charles Kwok

April 9, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Rev. Charles Kwok, born Feb 6, 1933 in Chaozhou (潮州), China, was second among eight brothers and sisters. At the age of 18, he escaped to Hong Kong at the bidding of his father, who was soon executed due to his Christian beliefs and his property confiscated by the Chinese Communist Party. While in Hong Kong, Pastor Kwok continued to financially support his mother and siblings back in China.
In 1961, he dedicated himself to the Lord and attended Bethel Bible Seminary in Hong Kong. Upon graduation, he began his ministry serving in the local church. In 1966, he married his wife, Lily Ng, and had two children, Charlene and Moody. After serving in Singapore for two years, he accepted a position as middle school superintendent back at Bethel Bible Seminary.
In 1975, he came to the United States to obtain his Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He became the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven, CT, where he faithfully served for the next twenty plus years. During this time, Rev. Kwok also founded the Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford in West Hartford, CT, and completed a Doctor of Ministry program at Hartford Seminary. After his retirement in 1998, he continued to preach God's Word in Europe and Asia as a missionary until he suffered a cardiac arrest in 2007. He finally settled in Philadelphia, PA, to be close to his children and grandchildren, all the while serving in local churches and opening his home for Bible Studies.
In February of 2014, he was diagnosed with late stage cancer and on April 9, 2014, he was called back to his heavenly home by the Lord.
Relatives and friends are invited to share in Rev. Kwok's Life Celebration Wednesday, April 23rd starting 9:30 AM followed by his service 10:30 AM at the Wayside Chapel at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, 1151 Horsham Rd., Ambler, PA 19002. Interment Whitemarsh Memorial Park. To share your fondest memories of Rev. Kwok visit www.lifecelebration.com. Family service by Craft/Givnish of Abington.
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