Chris Manusama

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Chris Manusama
Personal details
Birth nameChris Manuel Manusama
Born (1952-12-25) December 25, 1952 (age 66)
Subang, West Java, Indonesia.
SpouseYoty Henny Rumahlewang-Manusama

Chris Manuel Manusama (born December 25, 1952) is the lead pastor of GBI ROCK Church, Ambon,[1] a Charismatic church under the denomination of GBI (Gereja Bethel Indonesia),[2] with 4,000 members.

Early life[edit]

Born into an underprivileged military family, Manusama spent most of his childhood in Ambon, Maluku, East Indonesia and Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. At the age of 9, he lost his father Yan Manusama, who drowned in a Halmaheran river during the Permesta War.[3] Eight years later, Manusama also lost his mother, Yohanna Manusama, due to her illness. During his childhood, Manusama was known to be involved in various different musical groups where he played guitar and sang.


In 1978, Manusama won a song writing competition by Prambors Radio [4] with his most famous song to date, Kidung (sang by Chrisye on YouTube, which also made it to Rolling Stone Indonesia's Top 150 Songs of All Time.[5] His popularity escalated ever since, with a few other well-known songs such as Kasih (sang by Imaniar[6]).

However, Manusama decided to leave the "secular" music industry in the mid 80s when he encountered Christianity. Started by giving testimonies and singing from church to church, he has been committing his life to ministry ever since through preaching and now pastoring a church in Ambon.

Personal life[edit]

When he was 33 in 1985, Manusama married Yoty Henny Rumahlewang in Jakarta, Indonesia. Together they have raised two children and one grandson.