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Introduction to Tim Yates and family


What Do We Do? 2018 Summary of Yates Ministry & Family

Rev. Dr. Tim Yates, D.Min., (12/31) (ordained in the PCA) is serving with Friends of Chinese Reformed Theological Seminaries in Taiwan. Tim is full-time Academic Dean of China Reformed Theological Seminary, Deans of Biblical Counseling & Distance Learning, and primarily teaches Biblical Counseling courses, and other practical theology and OT/NT courses (teaching in Mandarin). Tim also advises the Family Counseling Center staff and teaches counseling seminars for the FCC.  Tim is enrolled in a non-residential PhD (dissertation writing only) in Theology-Apologetics at NorthWest University, South Africa, doing research and writing to evaluate existing literature on integration of psychology and Christianity and propose biblical principles for how Christians should engage psychology using the moral law.  Tim's content website for books and articles in English and Chinese is  Tim started his own publishing company in 2017 called Unveiled Faces Reformed Press in Lancaster, PA and has published his first book in the "Be Thou My Vision" series called Foundations: God's Glory as an Integrating Perspective on Reformed Theology (available in PDF at for $9.95, along with the free English study guide, and in printed format for $19.95 from, and for a discounted price at the Westminster Bookstore ). Tim also has a blog under "Reflections of Glory" on the publishing company website providing selected updates on his PhD research progress. The book has also been translated to Chinese, and the simplified Chinese character PDF version is available for free at along with the Chinese study guide. The Chinese traditional character printed edition is being distributed by The Reformed Press Co, Taipei Taiwan for NT$400, or about $13 US.  

Barbara (3/31) is full time Mom and tutoring a few Chinese students in English and other subjects.

Valerie (2/14/85; Sociology Geneva ‘96), married  December 16, 2006 to Jeff Jones (Business, St Leo's '14, MA Secondary High School History  Teaching, Drexel, '18), and now they have a daughter Savannah (12/21/07) son Garrett (2/19/12), son Blake (09/17/14) and daughter Evangeline (01/25/2016).  Jeff recently started a new job back in Taichung Taiwan, teaching High School classes in  government and psychology for Morrison Academy, Val’s former high school campus. Val is a BSF leader and full time mom.

Natalie (4/9/89; Wheaton ‘11) married July 10, 2011 to Doug Hoffer. They live in Wheaton IL area where Doug (M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College; MA Chicago Divinity School) is enrolled as a 4th year PhD student in the divinity school at Chicago University, currently teaching adjunct faculty NT courses for Wheaton College, while Natalie had been working full time as administrative assistant for Illinois State Representative Tom Morrison 54th District. Natalie gave birth to their first child, Brandt Douglas Hoffer, September 21, 2018 and all are in good health and adjusting to their new normal together. Doug will ask to teach a few more courses for Wheaton while Nat tries to get work from home, perhaps in English editing. 

Jonathan (7/5/90), (International Relations & Geology, Wheaton '12; Master's in International Agriculture Development '17) married August 1, 2015 to Kaitlyn Le Baudour (Spanish & Geology, Wheaton '12; Master's in International Agriculture Development '17). They were hired immediately by the Wonderful Company upon graduation  in July 2017 after serving in internships with them the previous summer. They moved to Bakersfield CA where Jonie works for their strategic planning department and Kaitlyn works for their charitable giving department. They just purchased a house there and are also trying to raise investment money to start a climbing gym as entrepreneurs.  

Janine (6/26/93)(Sociology, Covenant '15). lives by herself near Wheaton IL and works full time as a manager for the air freight shipping division of Kintetsu near the Chicago airport.

Karen (4/3/95) (Urban Studies, Christian Education, Wheaton '18), is working at Starbucks in the suburbs of Chicago, living with Nat & Doug, applying for a Master's in urban planning at University of Illinois, Chicago. If accepted, she will start studies in fall 2019. She plans to move to urban Chicago with several roommates to be closer to school. She is in a serious dating relationship with Brandon Liu (Psychology, Wheaton '17) now  Seattle, WA resident studying for his MA in Family Therapy. Brandon plans to move to Chicago in the fall 2019.

Nathan (11/4/06,6th  grade) & Trisha (3/20/05, 8th grade) attend Morrison Academy-Bethany campus for their sixth year this fall school year 2018-19. Trisha had been in Chinese public school and Nathan in home school before that. Morrison Academy, Taipei is building a new school campus about 30 minutes outside Taipei, to be completed in December 2019, adding a significant commute (and costs) to their daily school attendance and to our visiting the school for their activities. We will need to re-evaluate whether to move closer to the school, but this would potentially affect Barbara's tutoring options and Tim's bicycling commute. 

The Yates family has lived in Taiwan for 26 years total as of 2019. They plan to return to the US for reporting on their work every year for the summer, with their next projected visit summer 2019. They hope to see you at one of their church visits or as they have opportunity, to visit with your individually when in your area. 

 If you would like to contact us, email is the most convenient:  or

 US phone number that rings through our internet (magicjack) 717-435-7955 (12 hours ahead of US EST) Or home post mailing address:


Jing Feng St, Lane 48, Alley 11, #7, 3F

Taipei 116 Taiwan