Jabez was born in Singapore, raised in Canada and has lived in the northeast U.S. since college. He is ethnically Chinese and ispassionate about counseling as a means of providing a safe space for people to process past wounds and undergo transformative healing by the power of the Holy Spirit, especially amongst people and communities of color. Jabez has worked with clients that have wrestled with depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual identity concerns, cross-cultural adjustment and various addictions.
Jabez graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S in Economics from the Wharton School. After college, Jabez worked for several years in the financial services industry in Philadelphia and New York City. During his time in New York, Jabez experienced a life-changing shift in his understanding of God and spirituality through the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course. This shift led him to seek counseling for his own lived experience of trauma and to eventually pursue a career change into counseling.
Jabez graduated with honors with his Masters of Arts in Counseling from Missio Seminary in 2022 and is pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. He is a training facilitator with the American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Institute and has equipped people to facilitate trauma healing groups in New York City and Baltimore. He has a person-centered approach and his preferred methods of counseling include rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) and emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Jabez has received training from the Albert Ellis Institute as well as the International Centre for Excellence in EFT.
Jabez is happily married to his wonderful wife River and they have a beautiful daughter, Hosanna Grace, as well as a heart for cross-cultural ministry. In his free time, Jabez loves to read, play board games (i.e. 7 Wonders and Catan), try new places to eat and cheer on his favorite sports teams who are often underdogs (i.e. the Eagles, Cubs, Canucks and Timberwolves).