Te Ming Pong Elected Second Bishop of Taiwan

Diocesan Press Service. October 5, 1970 [91-4]

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Ven. James Te Ming Pong, Archdeacon of Hong Kong and rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church, was elected Second Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Taiwan on September 18. The election was held in St. Paul's Church, Kaohsiung.

The Bishop-elect is the third person to be chosen to head a Missionary District under provisions approved at the Special General Convention held in South Bend in 1969. These provisions allow the Presiding Bishop, upon request of a Missionary District, to obtain the consents from the House of Bishops for an election by the Convocation of the District, rather than by the House of Bishops.

Archdeacon Pong is a graduate of St. Paul's College, Hong Kong, and has a B.A. from St. John's University, Shanghai, an M.A. from Chicago University and a Diploma in Theology from St. Augustine's College, Canterbury, England with graduate study at Oxford University.

The Bishop-elect has been instructor in history and government at Lingnan University, Canton, dean of Chung Chi College, Hong Kong and lecturer in theology at Union Theological College, Hong Kong. He has been vicar of various churches in Hong Kong and from 1964 to 1969 was Regional Officer for South East Asia for the Worldwide Anglican Church of which the Episcopal Church is a member.

Archdeacon Pong is married to the former Lily Yeung. They are the parents of two children, David Pong, Ph.D., assistant professor of Chinese and Far Eastern History at the University of Delaware, and Rachel, graduate student at Oregon University.