Leadership – Indonesian Service

Senior Pastor

Pdt. Somi & Mutia Pranoto

Pastor Somi Pranoto was born and raised in Semarang, Indonesia. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior in 1978. He then moved to Solo to study polytechnic engineering skill and God continued to form him while he was involved in Christian student fellowship. He came to the United States to continue his education in casting technology while ministering at IFGF Fresno under the leadership of Pastor Jimmy Oentoro and Pastor Paulus Kristanto.

Pastor Somi serves as the Senior Pastor of the Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, which was founded over 17 years ago. Together, with other leaders, he also started the church of IFGF Austin and IFGF Dallas, and was ministering there for 8 years.

Besides ministering IFGF Houston, Pastor Somi was appointed to be the Regional Director of the whole IFGF Central Area from 2003 to 2009. In 2009, Pastor Somi Pranoto was appointed as the Regional Apostle for South America Region. He has been ministering faithfully together with his wife, Mutianawati, and his two sons, Kevin and Kenneth.

With his background in industrial engineering, God has been using him to ignite the fire of revival among college students, and also to release hope and destiny to individuals and churches.

Leadership Committee

Pdp. Simon & Mary Kaonang

Dr. Simon Kaonang was raised in Ujungpandang, Indonesia, in the influence of Pentecostal Christian parents. He moved to Surabaya in 1954 to study medicine at the School of Medicine of University of Airlangga. He graduated in 1963 as a Doctor and practiced medicine while teaching Microbiology at his alma mater. He was married to Mary Suryani in 1958 and was blessed with a daughter, Susan Kaonang.

He moved with his family to the United States in 1982 and then joined IFGF Houston as one of the starting members and one of the leadership team members. He has been involved in maintaining the IFGF Houston Church relationship with the Indonesian Consulate and is now managing the church building fund.

Pdp. David Trisna

David Trisna was raised in Surabaya in the influence of strong Christian parents. He graduated in Engineering and has been involved in youth ministry and choir. He was born again and Spirit filled in 1964 and continued with several areas of ministries. He moved with his family (wife Hanna and children Haniel, Mira, and Hubert) to the United States in 1990.

Together with Pastor Somi Pranoto, he started IFGF church in Houston and later on pioneered IFGF Austin and Dallas. He currently lives in Friendswood, Texas, a suburb of Houston while worshipping in IFGF Houston.

Pdp. Robin & Pipine Tan

Robin Tan was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He came to the United States in Fall 1992 to study Computer Science at University of Houston, Texas. He came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the end of 1992, and was Spirit-filled in 1993.

Being one of the few starting members of IFGF Houston, he was blessed to have been involved in various ministries. He had the priviledge to lead the outreach ministry to College Station for a few years after he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996, and then joined the IFGF Houston leadership team in 2004. God has been using him to touch young people with his passion to teach.

He is greatly blessed with a wife (Pipine) and two children (Nathania and Joshua), and currently resides in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston, Texas.

Pdp. Markus & Yenni Tjokrosoesilo

Markus Tjokrosoesilo was born in Surabaya and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He came to the United States in 1996 to study accounting at the Texas A&M University in College Station. He initially attended the fellowship in College Station at Haniel Trisna’s invitation. Although he was raised believing Christ from his family’s Catholic background, he truly received salvation from our Lord Jesus during Thanksgiving Retreat 1996 in Pottsboro, Texas. He then continued to grow and serve the Lord in College Station and was appointed as the fellowship leader in 1998 under the guidance of Pdt. Somi Pranoto and Robin Tan.

He moved to Houston after graduating with Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance in 2000. In year 2002, he first received a pastoral calling upon his life from the Lord. He continued to be involved in various ministries and joined the IFGF Houston leadership team in 2011 upon appointment to be a lay pastor/Pdp. by Pdt. Budi Hidajat at the thanksgiving retreat. God has been using him to ignite passion to seek Christ, challenging youth to live radically for Christ and building strong foundation of Godly characters and values for the youth and families. He has been ministering faithfully together with his wife, Yenni, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine.