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