Worship & Music Director - Samuel Kwok

Dr. Samuel Kwok

Koi Hin Samuel Kwok has been serving at FUMC since August 2002.  Samuel plans and schedules our nine music ensembles, musicians and invites guest musicians and artists throughout the year.  He conducts six of our music ensembles and leading a contemporary worship band in our worship services. He has arranged and composed service music used in our worship services.  He also assists and coordinates our worship ministry.  Samuel always welcomes those interested in learning and sharing their music to glorify our Triune God.

He was born in Hong Kong and grew up in a Christian family. Samuel received his Graduate Certificate in Sacred Music at the University of Iowa and he is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. Prior to coming to Iowa, he taught music theory, composition, choral conducting and piano at Hong Kong Baptist University and at the Hong Kong International Institute of Music. As a conductor, he has been performed in Germany, China, Italy and the United States.  As a pianist, Samuel has performed solo recitals and piano concertos with orchestras in Texas and Hong Kong.  As an accompanist, he performed with Hong Kong Children’s Choir in Australia and at the Hong Kong International Airport Opening Ceremony in 1998. As a composer, his works have been performed in Asia, Europe and the United States. His choral work “Psalm 67” has been broadcast worldwide by BBC radio in 1997.  He was invited to compose the Festival Song for the “Hong Kong Franklin Graham Festival (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) 2007”, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the HKSAR.  His spirited Mandarin setting of “Psalm 100” was performed by a 150-voice massed varsity choir as featured work in several cities in Australia in 2008.  Samuel loves to share his musical gifts with his friends to everyone!  His passion is to use his music to bring joy to everyone, especially to seniors, young children, the sick and the poor.  His ultimate goal of music making is to spread the Gospel to every corner of the world.