“Renewed Beginnings” And Welcoming (Back) Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit!

Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit, his wife May Chin and their children.
Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit, his wife May Chin and their children.

This Sunday, 2 January 2016, we are delighted to welcome (back) Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit who will begin his tenure with us as Pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church!

Sivin will be preaching from John 1:1-18, meditating on the theme, “Renewed Beginnings.”

At this time, we would also like to officially thank Rev. Augustin for his ministry to us as Pastor since 2011.

About Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit

Rev. Dr. Sivin Kit is a pastor from the Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) and an alumnus of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM).

Previously, he served as assistant pastor for youth and worship at Christ Lutheran Church, Setapak (1997-2000), and later as the founding pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church (2000-2011).

Besides pastoral ministry, he also has been active in civil society, inter-religious engagement, and public discussion in the Malaysian new media scene. In December 2014, He completed his PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Society with the University of Agder, Norway.

Since January 2015, he has joined the faculty of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia (STM) as a lecturer in Contextual Theology and Sociology of Religion. He also serves as the director of the Institute of World Religions (IWR).

He is married to May Chin, and together they have four children.

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2013-2015: Augustin Muthusami, Pastor

[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.]

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Rev. Augustin Muthusami is the pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church. As pastor, he is responsible for:

  • General oversight of the spiritual life and ministry of Bangsar Lutheran Church.
  • Proclaims the Word of God through preaching and the administration of the Sacraments.
  • Conducts services of worship in accordance with the faith and practices of the Lutheran Church.
  • Provides catechetical instruction.
  • Visits members of the congregation regularly.
  • Together with the Church Council, to supervise all activities and organizations of this congregation and to administer discipline.
  • Seek out and encourage qualified men and women to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel and strive to extend the Kingdom of God in the community, in the homeland, and abroad.
  • Member of the District Council which shall have the responsibility to co-ordinate the work in the District and to deal with spiritual and temporal matters concerning the District as a whole.
  • Participate actively in the life and work of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia submitting such regular reports as are required.
  • Serves as the main contact person for the church – mail correspondence, official letters, etc.
  • To oversee and report on behalf of the Youth, Sunday School and Family ministries.

Tell us briefly about yourself?
I hail from Penang, but was mostly brought up in PJ. My primary school days were in Seremban. My secondary school was Sultan Abdul Samad in PJ, and thereafter, College was Seminary Theoloji Malaysia when it was at SFX in PJ. After my seminary training, I was posted to Bukit Mertajam for nearly 8 years before returning to KL / PJ.

I was born on 7 December 1966, and was baptized in the same year. I am married to Deborah and have two sons: Timothy and Noel. My wedding anniversary is on 30th December. I am a Pastor. My passions are in teaching and training, and so I have been doing that for the past 28 years or so in some form or another. I have served in 4 other congregations prior to BLC.

How long have you been at BLC and what were your first impressions about it, when you first came?
I have been in BLC now for about 2 ½ years. People here know where to go for food…

What do you do during your free time?
Read fantasy novels…at the rate of 1 per year!

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? Chicken Rice
  • Drink? Coffee
  • Movie? Star Wars (TOS) / Star Trek / LOTR – you get the idea…
  • Smell? Freshly baked bread
  • Music genre? 80s
  • Book or literary genre? Fantasy
  • Conversation topic? Er…

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
I can teach and train. I can organize thoughts and processes.  As I get older, I suppose my main weakness is lack of patience… with stupidity!

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
Leave my mark on the world… by helping those around me reach their fullest potential in Christ.

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Stay safe, stay sane, and stay unique.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
It’s a tough road that keeps changing as the days go by. The biggest challenge is to turn theory into praxis as I strive to obey and then realize that it is not striving, but being.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
Live long and prosper.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
Hungry.

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

  • Catch me on a Sunday
  • Call: +60 10 779 6449
  • Email: revaugustin[at]yahoo[dot]com

Who made these brownies?

You would not believe who made this awesome, gooey, rich chocolate brownie, which was universally acclaimed!

And he’s diabetic!

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Introducing Rev. Augustin, Pastor of BLC

Hi, there. Thanks for dropping by!

I am Augustin, the pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church. I am married to Deborah and have two sons, Timothy and Noel.

I have been here for nearly two years now, and enjoying the journey of shepherding God’s people in this community. For that is what BLC is – a community. I have found it to be an interesting community – quite different from many other churches I have been in. There are unique people here with unique perspectives on their faith. But, just like other churches, they are all united by the walk in the Lord in putting that faith to practice.

Let me just briefly introduce myself. I have been in the ministry for nearly 20 years now, and BLC is my fifth congregation. I started my ministry in Bukit Mertajam in Penang at Praise Lutheran Church (of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Malaysia – ELCM). I then served at Zion Lutheran and Good Hope Lutheran in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya respectively. In 2006, I moved over to the Lutheran Church in Malaysia (LCM) and was the pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Petaling Jaya. In 2011, I came to Bangsar.

I am involved in teaching and preaching ministries that extend beyond Bangsar to the District and National levels. Teaching is my passion and my drive is to see men, women and children discovering the wonders of being children of God and walking with Him from day to day. I firmly believe that in BLC, the Lord continuously challenges our perceptions of “the way it is” in order to help us to grow beyond our own box – whatever that box may be!

So, do drop by, say hi, and I hope to see you soon!

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Here’s an interview between our founding pastor Rev. Sivin Kit and Rev. Augustin as we first got to know him better…

Inspiring, he is

One of the coolest things about BLC, this is.

Yoda, to inspire wisdom, Pastor has in his office.

(Or Jedi mind tricks, to perform!)

Photo by Michelle Ding