[Since we have just installed our BLC Council for 2013-2015, we thought it would be good to get to know them better. To do that, we are posting a profile of each council member – a profile a day for the next 8 days! The profiles will cover the roles and responsibilities of each council member, as well as a short question-and-answer interview – in their own words.]
Leigh has been tasked to oversee two areas: communications and community.
Under Communications, Leigh will be responsible for:
- Champions clear and consistent communications between the Council and the congregation.
- Specific to 2013-2015 tenure, to partner with the Pastor and Council to visualize and articulate the vision of the Church and its plans to the congregation.
- Responsible for regularly update the various communication channels of the church (e.g. website, social media), imparting knowledge of the Church and its wider ministry through these channels.
Under Community, Leigh is:
- Chiefly responsible for strengthening fellowship and relationships WITHIN the Church. This includes initiating, planning and leading various initiatives towards encouraging fellowship among BLC Family members.
- Maintains oversight over LiFE Groups
- Specifically organises: Parents’ Day, Birthdays (if any), Farewells, Church Camps, Special Meals/Celebrations
- Rosters the Fellowship after the service
Tell us briefly about yourself?
Well, first of all, my name, “Leigh” is pronounced “Lee” as in, “Tengku RazaLEIGH” – and it’s because my mother had a penchant for English spelling. I’m happily married to Sarah, and we are kept quite busy (also astounded and amused) by our two sons. I currently lead the corporate communications function at a leading IT MNC. I’m also an introvert at heart.
How long have you been at BLC and what were your first impressions about it, when you first came?
I’ve been at BLC since 2004, and when we first stepped into the church, we went, “Whoa, is this a cult?! What’s with the non-descript bungalow, dark atmosphere and… is that cross made up of light boxes from IKEA?!”
What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
I actually first asked back in 2009, which I had to decline due to ministry commitments with The Boys Brigade. So, when I was asked again in 2011, it was more of, “Oh, all right…”. Then, when I was asked whether I had any violent objections to staying on, I couldn’t think of any (well, violent ones anyway), so… here I am. In the end, I guess it boils down to “see a need, fill a need” – a quote by Bigweld, a character from the 2005 animated film, Robots).
What do you do during your free time?
Free time? What is this… “free time” you speak of? Tell me more about it…
What’s your favorite…
- Food? Nasi lemak. Once, on summer break in Malaysia from being a student overseas, I had nasi lemak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 5 days in a row. #truestory
- Drink? Wine
- Movie? No particular one, but I’m a sucker for SciFi, fantasy and comic-related ones.
- Smell? Babies
- Music genre? Acoustic and vocal jazz
- Book or literary genre? Superhero comic books
- Conversation topic? Nonsense
What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I have a type-A personality, which typically results in things getting done, but unfortunately without adequate tact.
Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
To have a personal dream and aspiration in the next 10 years!
What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
To be able to pass to my children a Malaysia based on that vision I grew up loving – a place of peace, harmony and unity; natural beauty; as well as awesome food!
What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Marching to the beat of a very, very different drummer
What do you think God is saying to you lately?
“Get to know Me again, better, and through My Word”
What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?