LIM K THAM (Dean)
BD (Trinity Theological College, Singapore, 1986)
MA with Distinction (Durham University, UK, 1993)
PhD (University of Edinburgh, UK, 2019)
Lim K Tham joined DTC as Dean on June 1, 2020. In the preceding years, he had been in Edinburgh, UK, where he obtained a PhD in Systematic Theology.
He is thankful for his time with The Boys’ Brigade, Care Corner Singapore, the Bible Society of Singapore and Singapore Anglican Community Services—spanning nearly 40 years —during which he learned to work with a wide cross-section of people towards shared objectives. His voluntary time as General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Singapore has also helped him to appreciate that "we are always part of a wider community". He counts it a privilege to share in DTC's community-oriented approach to training workers for Christian ministry.
K Tham is married to Jenise and has a daughter, Deborah.
Erasmus grant recipient for student exchange at the University of Tubingen, Germany (2017)
Full-time Employment History/Positions Held
Executive Director, The Boys' Brigade (1980-1992)
Assistant General Secretary, Bible Society of Singapore (1993-1998)
Chief Executive Officer, Care Corner Singapore (1999-2004)
General Secretary, Bible Society of Singapore (2004-2012)
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Anglican Community Services (2012-2013)
Dean, Discipleship Training Centre (2020- )
Honorary Posts Held
General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (1997-1999; 2005-2014)
Asst General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Singapore (1999-2004)
General Secretary, The Boys' Brigade Asia (2003-2015)
Advisor, Yong-en Care Centre (2009-2012)
Director, Care Corner Singapore Ltd (2000-2016)
Member, Presidential Council on Religious Harmony (2011-2017)
Hon Treasurer, Asia Lausanne Committee (circa 1997-2012)
Vice-Chairman, United Bible Societies (Asia Pacific Board) (circa 2009-2012)
Hon. Director, Ethos Institute, Singapore (2014-2018)
Director, Christian Columbarium Pte Ltd (2006-2020)
Member, Advisory Board, Prison Fellowship Singapore (circa 2011-2019)
Current Honorary Posts Held
Member, Executive Committee, Bible Society of Singapore
Local Preacher, Methodist Church in Singapore
Chaplain, BB Asia Ltd
Not Beyond Language (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2021)
The Call to Serve (Singapore: Armour Publishing, 2008)
Sights & Sounds (co-editor with Bishop Dr Robert M. Solomon) (Singapore: Armour Publishing, 2006)
Hedges & Edges (co-editor with Lynette Balotta) (Singapore: Care Corner Ltd, 2001)
Handbook for Boys (editor) (Singapore: The Boys' Brigade, 1985)
Chapters in Books
"Boys’ Brigade—Methodist Participation" in Theodore R Doraisamy (ed), Forever Beginning II (Singapore: Methodist Church in Singapore, 1986), 91-94.
"The Boys' Brigade: A Model for Evangelism" in Goh Keat Peng (ed), Witnessing to the Whole Gospel, (Singapore, Asia Lausanne,1996).
“Why do Christians say that Jesus died to save us? Save us from what?” in Rosalind Chen (ed.), Honest Questions; Honest Answers (Singapore: St Andrew’s Cathedral, 2011), 35–37.
“Am I betraying my culture if I become a Christian?” in Rosalind Chen (ed.), Honest Questions; Honest Answers (Singapore: St Andrew’s Cathedral, 2011), 64–67.
‘In the Image of God’ in Johnson T K Lim (ed), If I Could Preach One Sermon (Singapore: Word N Works, 2013), 149-155.
“’Creation’ in Theology and Worship” in God and Creation (Singapore: Ethos Institute for Public Christianity, 2021), 19-33.
"Language Game" in Johnson T K Lim (ed), What Has Ecclesiastes to do with...? (Singapore: Word N Works, 2022), 143-154.
“Dealing with a Difficult Boss” in Impact Magazine, Vol. 25:5 (October-November 2001).
“Helping the Single Parent” in Impact Magazine, Vol. 27:3 (June-July 2003).
“Image of God” in World Conference On Line, (circa 1994).
"Some Reservations about Inter-Faith Dialogue" in Methodist Message
“Faith with Understanding” in Ethos Institute for Public Christianity (20 July 2020).
“The Poor You Will always Have: A Reflection on Poverty” in Ethos Institute for Public Christianity (5 October 2020)
Kevin J. Vanhoozer & Daniel J. Treier, Theology and the Mirror of Scripture. A Mere Evangelical Account (London: IVP, 2016), in The Expository Times, Vol 127:12, Sep 2016, 620-1.
F. Gerald Downing, Formation for Knowing God. Imagining God: At-One-ing, Transforming, for Self-Revealing (Cambridge: James Clarke and Co, 2015) in The Expository Times, Vol 128:6, Mar 2017, 308.
Hans Gustafson, Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously (Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017), in The Expository Times, Vol.129:12, Sept 2018, 580.
Maria Clara Bingemer, The Mystery and the World: Passion for God in Times of Unbelief (Cambridge: Lutherworth Press, 2017) in The Expository Times, Vol 129:10, July 2018, 481-2.
D Garrick V. Allen, et al (eds), The Moving Text: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on David Brown and the Bible (London: SCM Press, 2018) in The Expository Times, Vol 130:11, August 2019, 512.
David Fergusson, The Providence of God: A Polyphonic Approach (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) in The Expository Times, Vol 131:5, February 2020, 228.
BA (Tufts University, USA, 2000)
MCM (DTC, Singapore, 2016)
MTh (Theology) AGST Alliance, 2021)
Sam worked as a journalist with Singapore Press Holdings from 2000 to 2014, and then studied at Discipleship Training Centre from 2014 to 2016. He remained at DTC as Faculty-in-Training while pursuing his MTh studies with Asia Graduate School of Theology (AGST) Alliance. He also studied Biblical Greek and Hebrew at Baptist Theological Seminary, Singapore. The late Dr Jeanette Hui (DTC lecturer) introduced him to Dallas Willard’s writings on spiritual formation. Willard’s ideas formed the basis of his MTh thesis, titled Be perfect: A dialogue with Dallas Willard towards a theology of spiritual formation for young Singaporean Chinese Christians. Sam enjoys nature, music, stories and quiet moments with a friend or two.
BSc (University of Southampton, UK, 1994)
PhD (University of Southampton, UK, 1999)
BA (Moorlands College, UK, 2001)
MTh (Spurgeon’s College, UK, 2004)
PhD (Durham University, UK, 2011)
Vincent joined DTC in September 2022 after serving as lecturer in Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, in Penang, Malaysia for more than 10 years.
He completed his first PhD in physics at the University of Southampton in 1999, and his second in biblical interpretation and Christian spirituality at Durham University in 2011. In between, he pastored a church in the UK for about 8 years.
He preaches regularly and is interested in how Christian traditions, theology, worship, and spirituality could also inform and enrich the interpretation of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, for Christian discipleship.
He loves Bach and enjoys practising the flute and piano.
Vincent is a member of St. George’s Anglican Church, Penang.
Review of The God of the Old Testament: Encountering the Divine in Christian Scripture by R. W. L. Moberly (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2021), Themelios 46(1).
To give the sense: Sermons on Old Testament texts (Penang: Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020).
Scripture and Its Readers: Readings of Israel’s Story in Nehemiah 8, Ezekiel 20 and Acts 7 (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2015).
EILEEN POH (Adjunct Faculty)
Dip Th (DTC, Singapore)
M Div (TTC, Singapore)
Ph D (University of London)
Eileen practised law for several years before doing her theological studies at Discipleship Training Centre (DTC). After DTC, she went on to do her M Div at Trinity Theological College (Singapore).
In 1991, Eileen joined the staff at DTC for 15 months after which she went to the UK for doctoral studies. She completed her Ph D in biblical studies in 1998 and is very glad to return to teach at DTC.
Eileen is married to Philip Satterthwaite, who is the Old Testament & Hebrew lecturer at Biblical Graduate School of Theology.
‘“Doing Good’ in 1 Peter” in E. Chew (ed.), Discipleship at the Cross-roads: Essays celebrating the silver Anniversary of the Discipleship Training Centre (Singapore: DTC, 1994) 86-98
“Medhurst, Walter Henry” in S. W. Sunquist (ed.), A Dictionary of Asian Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001) 527-528
“The Conflicting Demands of Gospel and Culture: Another Look at 1 Peter 2:13-17” in R. Chia & M. Chan (eds.), A Graced Horizon: Essays in Gospel, Culture and Church in Honour of Rev. Dr. Choong Chee Pang (Genesis Books: Singapore, 2005) 9-23
“Christian Women in Nation Building and Community Service,” Church and Society 9.3 (2006) 134-151
“The Acquisition and Use of Wealth: Some Reflections from Revelation 18”, Jian Dao 41(2014) 255-297
“NT Metaphors of the Church” in B. Ekstrom (ed.), Church in Mission: Foundations and Global Case Studies (William Carey Library & WEA Mission Commission, 2016) 23-32
“Women as Witnesses and Patrons in the Early Church: The Example of Lydia in Acts 16” in G. Capaque (ed.), To Be With Him & To Be Sent Out (Singapore: Graceworks, 2018) 57-65
ALVIN TAN (Adjunct Faculty)
Dip Th (DTC, Singapore)
MA in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary)
In 1991, Alvin and his wife Daisy went to DTC for two years of theological studies to prepare for a cross-cultural ministry. They served in Cambodia with OMF from 1995, reaching out to university students and helping in church planting. Alvin also taught at Phnom Penh Bible School. In 2006, they returned to Singapore to help their children reintegrate to Singapore schools. Alvin taught at DTC while serving as Bartley Christian Church’s Missions Pastor for 10 years, and then concurrently as Deputy Senior Pastor for two years. He is currently Senior Pastor. Alvin and Daisy have three children.
SONG CHENG HOCK (Adjunct Faculty)
BTh Hons (Singapore Bible College)
MA (Australian College of Theology)
M Soc Sc (Counselling, University of South Australia)
Cheng Hock studied theology and counselling in both Singapore and Australia. He is serving as a Pastor of Amazing Grace Presbyterian Church in Singapore. He has taught Pastoral Studies and Homiletics at DTC.
DAVID LEONG (Adjunct Faculty)
MCS (Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)
David Leong is a local preacher and an itinerant Children & Families Educator of Grace Methodist Church Singapore. From 1990 to 2013, he was a missionary sent out by his home church to serve the Lord full-time with Scripture Union Singapore. He was its Executive Director from 1998 till June 2013.
He holds a Master of Christian Studies (MCS) degree from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. He is also a Haggai Leader.
David is a passionate and humorous speaker and trainer in Christian Education, Children’s Ministry and Marriage & Family subjects who has ministered at local and overseas churches and theological institutions for nearly 30 years.
David and his wife Cynthia have three children Ivan, Alyssa and Dorlisa, who are young adults.
VICTOR WIBOWO (Adjunct Faculty)
B. Eng (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2004)
M. Div (Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore, 2014)
M. Th (Trinity Theological College, Singapore, 2017)
Victor worked as an engineer for about two years before joining Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) Singapore in 2006. He served with FES Indonesian Ministry, working among Indonesian tertiary students in Singapore, until 2018 when he was assigned to oversee Personnel, Resources, and Training matters in FES.
Victor is married to Dewi and blessed with three children, Lemuel, Levitia, and Leviel.
KIMHONG HAZRA (Adjunct Faculty)
Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
University of Edinburgh, UK
National University of Singapore
Kim Hong brings her perspective to the teaching and formation process in mission studies from her years of ministry amongst students in universities and colleges and seminaries both in Singapore and in the Southern African region. Her own academic formation was received at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada and at the University of Edinburgh, UK as well as in Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. She and her husband, Ajit Hazra, worship at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church.
SEAH JIAK CHOO (Adjunct Faculty)
B Sc (Hons) (U of Singapore)
Dip Ed (U of Singapore)
Dip Theology (Melbourne College of Divinity)
Dip Computer Science (National U of Singapore)
M A (Education) (U of Michigan, USA)
M A (Theology) (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Jiak Choo retired from the Ministry of Education, Singapore, as Director-General of Education in Mar 2009. She began her career in the education service in 1977 as a mathematics teacher, and has held various appointments, including Principal of a secondary school, Senior Inspector of Schools, Director of Research and Testing, and Director of Schools. Over the years, she has been awarded Public Administration Medals (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and the Meritorious Service Medal (in 2015) by the government of Singapore in recognition of her contributions.
Jiak Choo enjoys reading, hiking and teaching.