This year to date, we have had 3 new faculty join us (or not so new). To get to know them better we asked them a few questions…
Dr Jason Lam joins our Chinese department…
Tell us your background, upbringing, where you’re from, education, family?
My wife Jessica and I were born and grew up in Hong Kong with two boys (Jonathan, 12 and Jim, 10). I was doing electronic engineering for my undergraduate studies but have never really entered the field. After confirming God’s calling I started studying theology and later finished my doctorate in hermeneutics and modern theology at Cambridge (UK).
What’s your role at MST?
I lecture in Christian thought in the MST Chinese department and will also assist the Centre for the Study of Chinese Christianity. But I am always happy to work with all colleagues at MST and Eastern College. In fact, for the last 15 years I’ve often been working with academics in different disciplines on topics related to Christian theology and church ministry in a broad sense.
Why did you move to MST?
My doctoral studies and pastoral practice were conducted in Cambridge and London, where I had been a pastor of a Chinese congregation. Although that happened more than 15 years ago, I am always ready to be called upon to serve God and his people again in a similar environment. Last year I was taking my sabbatical leave at MST and thus by chance I learned of the need for a systematic theologian here. After praying and communicating with the
executive team, I decided to move to Melbourne with my family.
Anything else you are “yearning” to share with us?
Like many theologians I’m a relatively quiet guy who loves reading and thinking. But you may not have come to know many pastors and theologians who love long distance running. I’ve finished 22 full marathons over the past 10 years though I am not a brilliant runner. I also like taking photos and outdoor activities. Please let me know of any interesting event and I’d love to join you.