We’d like to welcome James Tang
James Tang, a ministry candidate, will be ‘’shadowing’ Claire until the end of November as part of his ministry training. James will spend 200 hours at MUC until November under Claire’s supervision, including undertaking 60 hours of mission related work in our congregation. He has experience of working with young adults and would like to explore a social justice issue.
The project James intends to carry out is to work with the community and the congregation on establishing intergenerational local action around environmental justice/ climate change, or linking into something that already exists. This will likely involve planning and organising a local action focussed on the environment, joining with others such as Yarra Atlas, Grandstand for the Environment or Manningham Council where appropriate.
The project will include reflection with those taking part and a final written report which will include James’ own reflection and learning. A small support group will be formed to help James and Claire will supervise him on a day to day basis.
I was born in Singapore, studied in Glasgow, Scotland and worked as a mechanical engineer before migrating to Melbourne in 2003. I am married to Alice for 28 years, but it’s a pity that we do not have any children. We have been worshipping in Uniting Church Gospel Hall Melbourne in Chinatown since 2006. While I was studying at Whitley College for Master of Divinity, I started pastoring the small group of English-speaking young adults of Gospel Hall; it has been 6 years now.
This is my first-year of candidature for the Ministry of the Word at Pilgrim Theological College. Besides further theological studies and ministry formation, field placement at MUC is a privilege for me to learn from Claire and the congregations, as well as for me to put what I have learnt into practice. My field placement at MUC shall be till November. While I settle in with church life in MUC, I am excited and looking forward to working with people of all ages in various ministries.