Evangelical & Pentecostal Christians: 1.6% – Annual Growth 8.8%
- Free Methodist Ministry Began – 1994
- Free Methodist Churches – 3
- Membership – 563
- Ordained Ministers – 1
- Ministerial Candidates – 10
Rev. Sok Em and his wife, Savy, became Christians while they were living in a refugee camp in Thailand. Sok received Bible training while there. In 1985, the Ems and their three children immigrated to Canada where they pastored a Khmer language congregation in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1991 Rev. Em, an ordained member of the Canadian General Conference and supported by the Great Lakes Annual Conference, returned to his home village of Prek Thei to begin the work in Cambodia. The Cambodian Free Methodist Church began in 1994 as a project of the Asia Pacific Free Methodist Missions Association, with the Hong Kong Free Methodist Church responsible for supervision.
Tahas Bible Institute was co-founded by Rev Sok Em in Kampong Chhnang to provide basic pastoral training, especially for leaders who serve as lay pastors in congregations. With the explosion of Christian congregations throughout Cambodia there are very few fully trained pastors. Tahas, an interdenominational program, is a needed resource, as they provide theological and skills training by means of eight, twoweek study modules over a two-year period.