We will be welcoming Pastor Daniel Locke to Bangsar Lutheran Church as an assistant pastor. He will be joining us, while his wife Sarah completes her internship at Luther House Chapel under Rev. Thomas Low. To help us get to know Daniel better, we have asked him to answer a few questions – in his own words.
Getting to know… Daniel!
Tell us briefly about yourself?
My name is Daniel and married to the love of my life, Sarah this past August. I was born on June 9 and baptized on July 19. I was raised in North Carolina.
I graduated from North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in Structural Analysis. Most recently I completed my third year, which was my internship year, of seminary. I am on track to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. Sarah and I left behind our 4-year old husky, Cooper, with Sarah’s parents while we are in Malaysia.
What are your first impressions of BLC so far?
I have not attended worship at BLC yet; however, I have an incredible first
impression of the wonderful community that makes up BLC. I have been greeted
with open arms and an eagerness to get to know one another. I am anxious to join you in fellowship!
What do you do during your free time?
In my free time I really enjoy being outdoors, and playing sports. I play baseball, football (American and fútbol), frisbee golf, and basketball. I enjoy music, and love playing several instruments (piano, guitar, and trumpet). I also enjoy going to the cinema and I have an addictive personality for TV dramas.
What’s your favorite…
- Food? Pizza & Fried Rice
- Drink? Southern Sweet Tea
- Movie? Back to the Future Trilogy
- Smell? Vanilla
- Music genre? Alternative Rock
- Book or literary genre? Mystery, anything funny
- Conversation topic? Sports
What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I consider myself to be energetic and enthusiastic. I am a strong leader, worship leader, public speaker, and musician. As an engineer, I am perceptive and creative. I also consider myself to be personable, approachable, and compassionate. I have a tendency to speak extremely fast and mumble my words. Another area of growth is writing since it was not a focus of my undergraduate degree.
Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
My personal dream and aspiration for the next 10 years is to finish seminary and begin my professional career in public ministry with a worshiping community, whose needs match my gifts, while also challenging me to grow and learn each and every day. However, my dream comes second to being the best husband I can be to my loving wife, Sarah.
What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Peace would be nice. Peace, respect, humility, and equality for all people in all places would be even better. I know these are (unfortunately) big dreams, but I think obtainable. With regards to specifically Malaysia, I am still learning this country and culture. However, the need for equality, respect, accountability, and civil rights (especially within the political system) has not gone unnoticed to me.
What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
Following Christ today means trusting in the truth of the Gospel message, which promises us eternal life through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This message needs to be heard as much as it needs to be shared. Being a follower of Christ (today) means living a life worthy of God’s redemptive grace. It means living life in response to, and in the glory of, God’s promises, rather than compiling one good deed after another in order to achieve salvation. God has freely given; therefore we live. And following Christ today means proclaiming that good news in word and deed.
What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Listen and learn. I have the incredible opportunity to be here in Malaysia with my wife Sarah. It is truly a blessing that I have an opportunity to share in fellowship with you, the BLC community. I think I have a lot to learn from you and LCM, and I am extremely excited to listen to your stories, and learn about God’s work in the life of BLC. You have a story to tell, and I look forward to connecting your story with mine, through God’s story of grace, love, and mercy in Jesus Christ.
What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
A small child could fit within the veins of a blue whale.