Me

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I am happily and gratefully married to an amazing woman and we have three wonderful sons and two gorgeous male Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

For 14 years, I had worshipped and served as a lay person in Presbyterian, Independent and Baptist churches in Singapore and Australia before commencing pastoral ministry in an Independent church (Shalom Gospel Hall – my home church between 1986 – 1999) from 1995 – 1997 and subsequently with the Methodist church in Singapore since 2000 first as a lay ministry staff at Barker Road Methodist Church (my home church since 2000) and as a pastor for the last 19 years in five Methodist churches  from 2002 till the present time (including my current church, Christ Methodist Church).

Prior to full-time pastoral ministry, I had served full-time for five months in Singapore Youth For Christ (1987) and six months in Fellowship of Evangelical Students (1990) – in both instances ministering amongst students.

I had also spent 3 months (1990) in a Tung Ling Bible School (Charismatic), Singapore and 2 years (part-time from 1995 – 1997) in Trinity Theological College (inter-denominational, evangelical), Singapore before completing my theological studies (from 1998 – 1999) at Ridley College (Reformed, Anglican), Melbourne with transfer of credits from Trinity Theological College.

Yes, I am a Methodist minister who graduated from a Reformed theological college. God has a sense of humour and I guess it’s just His way of shaping and moulding me. At the valedictory service at my college in Melbourne, there was snickering amongst some (both lecturers and students) when I shared that I would be returning to Singapore to serve in the Methodist church. In response to their snickering, I said, “I guess I will be like George Whitfield …. a Calvinist Methodist”. 

Looking at where I am today and what I believe in, I think it would be more accurate to describe myself as a Charismatic Wesleyan. I learned much over the years from the various denominations and theological persuasions. Learned also to eat the meat on the fish and spit out the bones. No one has a monopoly on truth and there is much we can learn from each other. Thank you for stopping by at TWC – a personal devotional project which I will keep writing until the Lord says “STOP!” Now, is that Charismatic, Wesleyan or Calvinist?? 🙂

Updated: 15 August 2021

Barnabas Chong
revbarnz@gmail.com

4 Comments Add yours

  1. DT says:

    Way to go Ps B ! God bless u for ur faithfulness and blessing for to your flock !

    1. revbarnz says:

      Thanks DT! 🙂 Made possible only by the grace of God.

  2. Vivienne says:

    Hi Pastor B, recently chanced upon your blog after meeting your wife in church. Your daily truth has been blessing and touching me in many ways. Pls continue your good sharing!

    1. revbarnz says:

      Hi Vivienne, thank you for sharing that – may the Lord bless you as you dwell in His Word.

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