The Revd Canon Peter KOON, BBS, JP
The Revd Canon Peter Douglas Koon is the Archbishop’s Advisor of Church Ministries Development of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. This is an office he has assumed since early 2022, after serving as the Provincial Secretary General of the same organization for 15 years. Concurrent with these tenures, he is a chaplain of HKSKH St John’s Cathedral.
Canon Koon has always been heavily involved in the church affairs, the social services, and the education ministry of HKSKH. Within the Church proper, in addition to offering pastoral care to the faithful and developing the Chinese ministry at St John’s Cathedral, he oversaw the administration of the Church, took the role of publisher of the weekly Echo, and chaired and sat on various committees of different natures within the hierarchy of HKSKH. With regards the social services provided by the Church, he devises HKSKH’s social service strategies and directions as the chairman of the council of SKH St Christopher’s Home and a member of the executive committee of HKSKH Welfare Council. In the area of education, Canon Koon’s positions allow him to take part in both policymaking and school management; besides heading the Anglican (Hong Kong) Early Childhood Education Council, he is also the supervisor and the manager of a number of Anglican schools in Hong Kong.
Outside the church walls, Canon Koon is an enthusiast for public affairs, and is particularly concerned with the problems faced by the youth and the aged population, education affairs, and medical service. He has been invited to serve the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education, the Curriculum Development Council, the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Charity Foundation, the hospital governing committee of Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, and the Betting and Lotteries Commission. Striving to promote communication and mutual understanding between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, Canon Koon has been a director of the China Overseas Friendship Association since 2013 and was elected a member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in 2018. In 2021, he participated in the Legislative Council election and was elected for the Election Committee Constituency, thus becoming the first religious minister to take a seat in the Legco after the Motherland resumed its exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong.
In recognition of his contributions to society, Canon Koon is honoured to have been made an officer in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, awarded with the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and appointed a non-official Justice of the Peace.