A sentence that best describes my friend and former mission partner, Bishop Terry Kee, is the scripture verse from Romans 1:16, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. Since turning away from his Buddhist heritage and becoming a follower of […]
A sentence that best describes my friend and former mission partner, Bishop Terry Kee, is the scripture verse from Romans 1:16, ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
Since turning away from his Buddhist heritage and becoming a follower of Jesus in his youth, Bishop Terry has devoted his life to passionately sharing the good news of Jesus with people in his home country of Singapore and beyond. After studying at Singapore Bible College and China Lutheran Seminary in Taiwan, Bishop Terry has served as pastor of Bedok Lutheran Church, Jurong Christian Church, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and Queenstown Lutheran Church in Singapore, and as missionary in Thailand for 10 years together with his wife Sally Lim. Until the recent assembly of the Lutheran Church in Singapore (LCS), Terry has served as the second Bishop of the LCS for the past the 12 years.
Over these years, he has also played a key role in the leadership of organisations such as the National Council of Churches, Trinity Theological College and the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) in Singapore.
As bishop, Bishop Terry has been a keen, active advocate for interfaith dialogue and has become the respected friend of leaders of the many faiths in Singapore.
As a mission partner of the LCA, he has been a great teacher and support as we have built on relationships with Lutheran churches in the South-East Asian. Our international mission partnerships have intersected with the LCS through the Mekong Mission Forum, for which Bishop Terry served moderator for many years, in Thailand and in our shared partnership with the emerging Lutheran Church in Cambodia.
Bishop Terry was instrumental in the translation and publication of the LCA teaching resource, Growing as God’s People into Chinese. This Chinese translation is now used widely in Singapore, the US and Australia.
With his vast general knowledge and the gift of story-telling Bishop Terry has used these skills to engage many people, young and older, in hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.
My favourite memories of Bishop Terry include sitting with him and Bishop John Henderson, together with the Muslim Imam, in a local mosque in Singapore and seeing the deep respect and understanding that Bishop Terry and the Inam offered each other. And watching young children keenly interacting with Bishop Terry as he shared the story of Jesus using a deck of cards in a remote Malaysian village.
Bishop Terry’s ministry as pastor and bishop has been a shared partnership in the gospel with his wife Sally Lim. Together they live out their faith as lights in the world, unashamed of the of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank God for Terry and Sally and for the way they have pointed us to Jesus.
This story was also published in the August 2021 edition of Border Crossings, the magazine of LCA International Mission.
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