Lim Swee Hong
LIM SWEE HONG (林瑞峰) (b. 1963) is the Deer Park Associate Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada. He is also the Director of Research for the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. From 2010 - 2012, Swee Hong served as an Assistant Professor of Church Music at Baylor University, Texas. Prior to his work at Baylor, he served as the Lecturer (Worship, Liturgy, and Music) and Director of Field Education at Trinity Theological College, Singapore following the completion of his doctoral studies in the United States.
Swee Hong is widely utilized as a leader for global seminars and conferences dealing with worship and sacred music. Presently he is the Director of Research for the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. In preparation for the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Swee Hong was appointed to serve as the Co-Moderator of the Assembly Worship Planning Committee (2011-2013). Prior to this, he served as a member of the worship planning team for the World Council of Churches' 2011 Ecumenical Peace Convocation that convened in Kingston, Jamaica. From 2006 - 2011, he chaired the Committee on Worship and Liturgy of the World Methodist Council. In that role, he designed and supervised the worship services of the 20th World Methodist Conference held in Durban, South Africa.
Swee Hong holds a PhD in Liturgical Studies from Drew University, New Jersey, where his dissertation won the Helen LePage and William Hale Chamberlain Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. He also holds a Master of Arts in Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Texas. He completed his undergraduate work in Church Music at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music in the Philippines. Swee Hong is well-published in the arena of contextual worship and sacred music, with his monograph, Giving Voice to Asian Christians, especially known among scholars desiring to learn about the world of Asian Church Music. His congregational song tunes are published in a variety of hymnals including, Sound the Bamboo (2000), Celebrating Grace (2010), Lift Up Your Hearts (2013), Glory to God (2013), Let the Asian Church Rejoice (2015), and others.