#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2015-2017: Leigh Wong, Secretary & Education

retary [Since we have just installed our BLC Council for 2015-2017, 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 7 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.]

[Update, 17 Jul 2016: Leigh Wong has accepted a job position overseas; so he has stepped down as Chairperson and will serve as Secretary. BLC is delighted and proud to announce our first-ever Madam Chairperson – Rubini Murugesan!]  

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Leigh Wong is secretary of the Church Council (2015-2017), as well as the Council Member overseeing the education portfolio.

As Secretary, he is responsible for the following:

  • Chiefly responsible for maintaining the administrative records of Bangsar Lutheran Church
  • Keeps accurate minutes of all meetings of the congregation and of his or her Council in a volume provided by the congregation, and shall see to it that all necessary records are properly maintained and permanently stored, with copies of minutes of all congregational and Council meetings being sent to the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.
  • In partnership with the Council Chairperson, to follow up on action items on Church Council meeting matters.
  • Keep the membership rolls of the congregation, reporting them periodically to the Church Council and to the Lutheran Church in Malaysia. This includes being responsible for maintaining an accurate record of all baptisms, confirmations, communions and attendance at various services, classes and meetings sponsored by this congregation.
  • All necessary records shall be maintained in the Parish Registrar, which shall be and remain the property of the congregation.
  • In partnership with the Council Chairperson and Pastor, submit a written report to the Annual Meeting of the congregation and to the General Meeting of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia.

For the education portfolio, he is responsible for:

  • In partnership with the Pastor, to be chiefly responsible to encourage spiritual growth through education and lifelong learning by supervising and coordinating BLC education programmes and initiatives
  • Provides oversight to ensure Bible Studies as well as other congregational learning programmes are carried out smoothly
  • Key liaison with LCM HQ on education matters and programmes, including LBTI classes
  • To lead the Education Core/Committee, if there is one

Getting to know… Leigh!

Tell us briefly about yourself?
Well, first of all, the “Leigh” is pronounced “Lee” as in, “Tengku RazaLEIGH“. I’m happily married, to a wonderful woman whom I’ve dated since college, and we are constantly astounded and amused by our three sons. I currently lead media relations and issues management at an international energy company. No one believes me when I say that I’m actually an introvert – although I’ve very recently learned that there’s such a thing as an “outgoing introvert” (for real – look it up!).

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?!” Now that lightbox cross is one of my fondest highlights of the church sanctuary.

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
When I was first asked in 2009, I had to decline due to ministry commitments with The Boys Brigade. I was then asked again in 2011, when I felt more of an, “All right, it’s time to commit to serve BLC as my faith community…”. Then, when I was asked whether I had any violent objections to staying on, I couldn’t think of any (well, violent ones anyway). This year, I decided to volunteer as Chairman because I saw an opportunity to serve in a capacity where I could more directly help partner with Pastor Augustin for the ministry of BLC, beyond merely managing administrative concerns. It is certainly a leap of faith for me as BLC is a wonderful, unique and unusual community. It will be a challenge to deftly maintain this unique aspect of the church while also discerning how we can propel the ministry forward.

What do you do during your free time?
This free time you speak of, it sounds familiar…

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? Nasi lemak. Once, on summer break in Malaysia, 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. (My guilty pleasure is B-grade sci-fi – Sharknado FTW!!!)
  • 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, not always with the 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?
Learning to actively listen to Him moment by moment… as I march to the beat of a very, very different drummer.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
What does it mean to be a Christian in my context today – as a postmodern, urban, time-starved, family man with a corporate job?

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Goofy and Pluto are both dogs – but why is one different from the other?

What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?

Welcome BLC Council 2015-2017!

Today, we held the installation service of the BLC Council for the 2015-2017 term.

BLC Council 2015-2017:

  1. Augustin Muthusami, Pastor
  2. Leigh Wong, Chairperson & Education
  3. Rubini Murugesan, Vice Chairperson & Missions
  4. Ooi May Jean, Secretary & Community
  5. Elaine Kong, Treasurer
  6. Jamie Wong Zie Wei, Worship
  7. Anand Addepalli, Building Maintenance & Stewardship

It’s been an interesting journey to get here. God, in His wisdom and faithfulness, has brought together some of the most unexpected people for the good of His work through BLC, in some of the most surprising ways!

For the previous council members who have served, we thank you for your dedication, faithfulness and contribution towards the work of God’s kingdom through our BLC Family. The incoming Council is blessed to be able to build on a very solid foundation laid out by the previous Council members!

For the incoming council, we pray for them; that God’s wisdom, love and grace will cover them and their loved ones – even as they serve the BLC Family in the areas of responsibility that they have been called to.

(Click on the linked names for a profile on each Council Member)

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2013-2015: Leigh Wong, Communications & Community

[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

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?
Smurfs

What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?

Sermon: The Douchebaggery of a Prophet, the Humble Faith of a Centurion, and Deciding to Follow Jesus – Leigh

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Based on this week’s lectionary readings, yesterday, Leigh shared a message that drew inspiration from Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Ba’al and the faith of the Roman Centurion; and how these both illustrate a call for us to be steadfast in our decision to follow Jesus.

And, he got away with using the word “douchebag” in church. 🙂

Here are his slides:

Sermon: A Call To Repentance – Leigh

This morning, based on this week’s Lectionary text, Leigh preached on A Call To Repentance.

His slides are embedded below:

Sermon: Who Do You Say I Am? – Leigh

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Leigh inspired us with a sermon entitled ‘Who do you say Jesus is?’
His slides are here: