Dr. Ekman Tam, Professor Emeritus of Spirituality and Psychotherapy and President Emeritus of the Christian Contemplative Spirituality Institute, speaking during the 2014 GTF Graduation Ceremony.
Dr. Ekman Tam
We at the GTF are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Ekman Tam, Professor Emeritus of Spirituality and Psychotherapy and President Emeritus of the Christian Contemplative Spirituality Institute. His loss is felt deeply by all who knew him. Following is a brief biography of Dr. Tam.
Ekman P. C. Tam was Professor of Spirituality and Psychotherapy. His first degree in theology (B.Th.) was earned at Evangel Theological Seminary in Hong Kong. Upon graduation from the seminary, he ministered at a church for about five years, after which he left Hong Kong for Ottawa, Canada, for further studies in psychology where he earned a B.A. He continued his studies in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa for an M.A. in Individual Counseling and at St. Paul University for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spirituality. After returning to Hong Kong in 1998, Dr. Tam worked full time at Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre as Spiritual Director until the end of 2011, where he founded a formation program in Christian Spiritual Direction. He was appointed an Affiliate Faculty member of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong (since 2000). In 2006, he earned a Psy.D. from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In August 2012, together with a group of spiritual directors, Dr. Tam established the Christian Contemplative Spirituality Institute which offers formation programs to pastoral care-givers in Vancouver, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He was the President of the Institute.
Dr. Tam was a registered Counseling Psychologist of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He published five books in Chinese, two books in English, and numerous articles and chapters in English and Chinese journals and books. The two English books are: Christian Contemplation and Chinese Zen-Taoism: A Study of Thomas Merton’s Writings and A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Christian Spiritual Direction Based on Satir Model of Therapy.