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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2011

Information On Candidates For Election To The Church Session (2011-2013)

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Dear Gethsemaneans,

Next Lord's day (25th Sept 2011), God willing, our church's election to the Session (2011-2013) will be held in conjunction with the Annual Congregational Meeting. I urge all the communicant members of the church to attend the ACM, as it is our constitutional duty.

For many months, we have been praying as a church for the Spiritappointed men to come to the new Session. The Session of the church was also in much prayer and discussion on this matter. The Board of Elders has considered the names that were nominated and has approved the list of men given below. We believe that the Lord has given them in answer to our ardent prayers (cf. Acts 13:2; 20:28). Please consider these men and cast your vote as the Lord leads you.

Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy (Candidate for the office of Pastor and Chairman)

  • Joined Gethsemane BPC in 1990 as a member and preacher of the Word. In 1994, he was ordained as the Pastor of Gethsemane BPC.
  • Pastor Koshy gives pastoral leadership and care to Gethsemane through the preaching and teaching of God's Word.
  • He also attends to the needy members and friends of our church by providing pastoral counselling, visitation and prayer.
  • He leads the Bible Witness Media Ministry and serves as the Editor of the Bible Witness magazine. He is now focusing on publishing books for the edification of Christians.
  • He is also actively involved in training men for the ministry through FEBC as well as setting up Gethsemane Bible Institutes in the Philippines and Ethiopia.
  • Pastor travels regularly to visit and to give leadership to our church's mission stations and missionaries.
  • He is married to Carolyn, and they have 3 children, Cornelius, Andronicus and Dorcas, and they serve the Lord as a family in Gethsemane BPC.

 

Eld Mah Chin Kwang (Candidate for the office of Elder)

  • Since Gethsemane BPC's inception in 1988, Eld Mah has been serving in the leadership of Gethsemane as an Elder, being appointed by the mother church, Grace BPC.
  • Prior to 1995, he served as the chairman of the Interim Committee of Gethsemane BPC.
  • As an Elder, he has laboured in various leadership roles of Gethsemane: Clerk of Session, Leader of Gethsemane Encouragers' Ministry, Finance Committee Member, Building Committee Member, etc.
  • He regularly teaches Catechism class, Seniors' Ministry, TGCM and also occasionally assists pastor in preaching during Worship, Prayer Meeting, etc.
  • He is married to Lean Choo, and they have two children, Melissa and Matthew. Melissa serves the Lord in BWMM and Matthew is recently married to Fidelia.

 

Eld Alan Choy Weng Heng (Candidate for the office of Elder and Treasurer)

  • In 1993, Eld Choy joined Gethsemane BPC from Calvary Pandan BPC.
  • During 1997–2003, he served as a deacon and in 2003, he was elected and ordained as an Elder of Gethsemane BPC.
  • Eld Choy has laboured in various leadership roles of Gethsemane: Clerk of Session, Treasurer, Leader of Youth Fellowship, Church Choir Member, Finance Committee Member, Building Committee Member, etc.
  • He regularly teaches Catechism class, Lions Home for the Elders, etc.
  • He regularly leads the worship in Chinese Service and also preaches when he is called.
  • He is married to Luan Kheng; and they have three children, Eunice, Jenice and Amoz. As a family the Choys serve the Lord actively in Gethsemane BPC.

 

Dn Arvind Kumar Pawa (Candidate for the office of Deacon)

  • A member of Gethsemane BPC from its inception in 1988.
  • During 1991-95, he served as an Interim Committee Member of Gethsemane BPC.
  • In 1995, he was elected as a deacon when the Session was formed. He has faithfully served in different areas: Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Leader of the Gethsemane Evangelism Outreach, Building Committee Member, Finance Committee Member, Organiser of Church Camps, Church Sports, etc.
  • He also teaches the Catechism class, in Lions Home for the Elderly, etc.
  • He is married to Mong Jee, and they have two children, Chloe and Josias. As a family, the Pawas worship and serve the Lord in Gethsemane

 

Dn Daniel Lim Hoe Chiang (Candidate for the office of Deacon)

  • Preacher Daniel Lim, after obtaining his Diploma in Theology from FEBC, served with the Helping Hand (2000-2005) as a missionary in the Philippines, and then upon his return to Singapore, as counsellor and a director of the Helping Hand.
  • In 2005, he was appointed as a preacher in the Chinese Service of Gethsemane BPC.
  • He conducts weekly Bible Study in TGCM and assists pastor in counselling and in the leadership of TGCM.
  • He also actively ministers in the Seniors' Ministry on Thursdays.
  • He has been serving as a Session member since 2007.
  • He is married to Roscelle, and they have two young children, Mehetabel and Jesimiel.

 

Dn Lok Kwok Wah (Candidate for the office of Deacon)

  • Bro Kwok Wah joined the Bible Witness Media Ministry as a full-time worker in 2001.
  • Before he joined BWMM, he served in FEBC Bookroom and Tabernacle Books. He was also an active member of the Evangelistic Band of Life B-P Church for many years.
  • He transferred his membership to Gethsemane BPC in 2005 from Life BPC.
  • He has been faithfully labouring in BWMM. He edits the materials and also helps to arrange for the publication and distribution of BWMM materials. He also helps out in the day-to-day matters of the church in the church office.
  • He has been serving as a deacon in the Session of Gethsemane BPC since 2007. He has served as Assistant Treasurer (2007-2009) and as Assistant Clerk of Session (2009-2011). He also leads the Ushers' Ministry.
  • Together with him, his wife Jenny and three children, Qian Hui, Qian Yi and Qian Ning worship and serve in Gethsemane.

 

Dn Kelvin Lim Cheng Kwang (Candidate for the office of Deacon)

  • He was saved in 1995 while serving his National Service.
  • In 2000, he was baptised and became a member of Gethsemane BPC. He then availed himself to serve in the Ushers’ Ministry and AV (Audio-Visual) Ministry.
  • He sensed God’s call into full-time ministry in 2002, and in 2004 joined Far Eastern Bible College for theological training. He has also been teaching in the Children's ministry since 2004.
  • He completed the Bachelor of Theology in 2008, and was appointed as Assistant to the Pastor in Gethsemane Children’s Ministry.
  • He avails himself to preach and to teach God’s Word during worship service, prayer meeting and different fellowship meetings. He also regularly teaches in TGCM.
  • He was elected as a deacon in 2009.
  • His wife Jasmine and their two children, Joash and Jorim, worship and serve the Lord in Gethsemane BPC.

 

Bro Francis Lee Kek Gee (Candidate for the office of Deacon And Clerk of Session)

  • Bro Francis Lee confessed the Lord in baptism in 1988 at Life B-P Church.
  • From 2003-2007, he, together with his family, worshipped and served the Lord in True Life B-P Church.
  • After attending Gethsemane's Second Missionary Conference in Cebu (2007), Francis and his family regularly attended Gethsemane BPC's worship services and activities. In 2008, they became members of Gethsemane.
  • Francis and his family have been regular participants of our worship, Bible Studies, prayer meeting and fellowship groups. They have also joined the mission teams to the Philippines twice to minister to the brethren in our mission stations.
  • He has attended FEBC as a part-time student and graduated with Certificate of Religious Knowledge in 2008, and Certificate of Biblical Studies in 2010.
  • He has rendered his services in the Ushers' Ministry; and also served as a committee member of Gethsemane Adults' Fellowship.
  • His wife Stephanie and their four children, Sarah, Michelle, Samuel and Moses worship and serve the Lord in Gethsemane BPC.

 

 

SELECT LEADERS WITH MUCH PRAYER
Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy

The Apostle Peter and fellow apostles prayed for God’s leading in the appointment of a man to replace Judas. “And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, that he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place” (Acts 1:24-25). The Scripture clearly records in another text that the prayers of the early church for godly men to lead the ministry were answered - “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:2).

We need the help of the Holy Spirit in determining the right persons for the offices of the church. The Spirit knows every man’s heart. From the example of the anointing of David as King, we know that in the selection of leaders, God is interested in the spiritual condition of the heart, rather than outward appearance. We read in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” This is the reason why Peter and the rest of the Apostles prayed, “Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship.” If we have to have men of God’s choice in the leadership, we must sincerely seek His mind in prayer, even in fasting.

Another reason why we must pray in the selection of godly leaders is that it is the Spirit who equips men for the offices of the church. The Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts that are necessary for the offices of the church. “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:11). So only the Spirit can show who are the men whom He hath equipped with the appropriate gifts for the edification of the church.

Even our Lord Jesus prayed all the night long, before He chose the apostles. “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles” (Luke 6:12, 13). So let us pray for godly leaders during our Prayer Meetings on Tuesday nights and in all other prayer gatherings. God’s will must be done in the appointment of church leaders. Like Moses, we must pray, “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation” (Numbers 27:16).

 

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