City Harvest Church breaks silence on arrests

The City Harvest Church has broken its silence regarding the arrest of its founder Kong Hee and four other members of the ministry.

The church had not responded to calls and e-mails from news agencies Bloomberg and Agence France-Presse, according to their reports.

The church said on its website that its founder and four others from the ministry were "informed to attend court tomorrow".

It said that no case is being brought against the church and operations, including cell groups and weekend services will continue as usual.

Below is the statement in full that was published on the church's website.

Dear Church Family,

This morning, Pastor Kong Hee, Pastor Tan Ye Peng, John Lam, Chew Eng Han and Sharon Tan were informed to attend court tomorrow.

There is no case that is being brought against the Church.

The CHC Advisory Committee, comprising Dr Phil Pringle, founder and Senior Minister of Christian City Church in Sydney and Dr A R Bernard, founder and CEO of Christian Cultural Centre in New York, will continue to provide spiritual leadership. Both pastors were appointed advisory senior pastors over CHC.

The Church Management Board continues to provide guidance on the running of the church.

Church operations and cell group meetings will continue as usual, including all weekend services at Singapore Expo and Jurong West.

In the meantime, do keep the church, our pastors, leaders and their families in prayer.

Yours faithfully,
Rev Aries Zulkarnain
Executive Pastor
City Harvest Church

tonyng@sph.com.sg

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