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My ‘accidental’ encounter with Methodism

Kim Lam and Jody on a holiday in Norway in 2019

My wife and I “accidentally” stumbled into a Methodist church. While asking ourselves, “is that all there is to this life?”, we found ourselves attending a Sunday service at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church in 1997, at the invitation of a close family friend. At that time, we thought since Methodism is a mainstream denomination, it should be “safe”! We ended up staying in the church and were baptised as a family during Christmas 2000.

What makes a Methodist different? One trait is the concern for those struggling in society. Another trait is the love of congregational singing of hymns—especially those composed by Charles and John Wesley. The model of clergy and lay members working together in running a local church is another distinction in how Methodist churches work.

After a career in the corporate world, I was called into full-time ministry at Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) in 2015. Within a few short weeks, what was meant to be a part-time internship position became a full-time church administrator position. Now, a few years on, God has led me to work with many ministries in TMC, including the small group and discipleship ministries.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9

Tan Kim Lam works as a lay ministry staff at Trinity Methodist Church. / Photo courtesy of Tan Kim Lam