Rev Dr Chia was born in Malaysia into a large family and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior during his youth. He was brought up in a Chinese cultural background and Reformed church tradition that enable him to think both contextually and theologically in his formative years.
A graduate of Singapore Polytechnic, he had worked four years as an Assistant Civil Engineer. His calling and commitment to Christ led him to train at Singapore Bible College. After he received his Master of Divinity, he served for 9 years as a pastor in two churches, Presbyterian and Evangelical Free Church. Dr. Chia received further theological training in Aberdeen University (Scotland) and philosophical training at the National University of Singapore, graduating with the Master of Theology and the Master of Philosophy respectively. He then completed his PhD in Theology at the University of Exeter (UK).
He joined the faculty of SBC in 2008 as a professor of Systematic Theology and served as the Dean of the School of Theology (Chinese) in 2010. He is committed to serving as a servant of Christ, doing theology for the Church and caring for the society. For two decades, he teaches and writes extensively with a burden of engaging the church and the world through the lens of the biblical worldview.
Dr. Chia married Mdm Yvonne Meng-Ngor Ng in 1995. They have two children, Osmond Quan-En and Thelma Shan-Ning Chia. They enjoy having dinner together, sharing life experiences, exchanging new learning experiences and going on family trips.
《人之为人：神学人类学素描》，马来西亚：协传出版社，2012 （简体/增订版）。On Being Human: A Theological Depiction of Man (revised ed.). Malaysia: Partners Training Centre, 2012.
《公众伦理：当福音信仰临在（非）人道现场》，马来西亚：协传出版社，2013 (2014再版)。Public Ethics. Malaysia: Partners Training Centre, 2013-14.
《为主所欲：欲望管理纵横谈》，编著，新加坡：新加坡神学院出版, 2014. Managing Our Desires for Christ, Edited, Singapore: SBC Publisher, 2014)
《21世纪神学事件簿：如何在多元处境做神学？》，台北：校园书房，2015。A Theological Event Book for the 21st Century: How to Do Theology in a Pluralistic Context? Taiwan: Campus Evangelical Fellowship Press, 2015.
《信仰的大未来：20个改变未来的信念》，台北：校园书房，2020。The Beliefs that Reinvent the Future. Taiwan: Campus Evangelical Fellowship Press, 2020.
《爱教会到底？以神学视野反思教会丑闻》台北：校园书房，2021。Love the Church to the End?. Taiwan: Campus Evangelical Fellowship Press, 2021.