James Hou

James Hou

James Hou (pronounced ‘hoe’) is from Nanjing, China. He had previously worked in computer coding, project management, exporting business, and company analysis for security investment.

Like most people in China, James was an atheist—was taught that there is no God. But his fascination with Western culture led to a relentless search for truth and the meaning of life. He investigated science, explored Buddhism and Taoism, ‘spied’ at the Mormon headquarter in Salt Lake City, and attended Christmas events at a church in Nanjing. After moving to Adelaide, James spent lots of time digging into the Bible, and he could feel God’s power leading him along the way. Now, as a Christian and ministry worker, his passion is to introduce Jesus to people (especially not-yet-Christians from China). And all this has led him to serve and learn as a Ministry Apprentice being coached by Mandarin Pastor, Boon Yong Sim, and then to go further by serving as a Student Minister while studying a Master of Divinity at Bible College SA to get better equipped for pastoral services, aiming to primarily serve Mandarin speakers.

James lives with his wife Nicole and their little boy Daniel. He enjoys basketball and tennis, but the dream of becoming another Michael Jordan or Roger Federer is already history.


侯伟立来自中国南京。他曾在很多领域工作过,包括计算机编程、项目管理、出口贸易、用于证券投资的公司分析等。

像大多数中国人一样,他也曾是一位无神论者,因为自幼就被告知这个世界没有神。但他对西方文化的兴趣一直推动他不断寻求真理和人生的意义。他深入思考科学的本质,探求佛教和道教所传递的信息,“潜入”盐湖城的摩门教总部了解情况,也参加在家乡基督教堂的圣诞节活动,只为更多探索和认识真理和信仰。来到阿德莱德后,他花了大量的时间研究圣经。而这一路上,他都强烈感受到上帝的同在和指引。如今,作为基督徒和事工的仆人,他对向大家介绍耶稣基督充满热情(特别是对来自中国的尚未信主的同胞们)。所有这一切都推动他在华文堂沈文荣牧师的指导下完成了为期2年的事工学徒培训,并进而开始了牧师实践装备阶段,同时也在南澳圣经学院(BCSA)开始进修神学硕士,目的是为了能得到更全面和深入的装备,来做牧养的事工,特别是针对华语人群。

侯伟立现在和妻子马可以及他们年幼的儿子Daniel一同生活在阿德莱德市郊。虽然他曾经希望成为迈克尔·乔丹或罗杰·费德勒的梦想早已成为历史,但他依然还是很喜欢篮球和网球。

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