Keswick Ravenshoe Pastoral Charge Minister
REV. CALIN LAU
The congregations of Keswick-Ravenshoe Pastoral Charge welcome Rev. Calin Lau as our minister as of July 1, 2018.
Rev. Calin Lau studied in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his B.Sc. (Hon.) in 1982, MDiv. in 1987, and Dip. Ed. Specialized in Religious Education in 1992. He worked as a teacher in Hong Kong, teaching Biology and Christian Education and was ordained as pastor in 1990. In 1992, he left Hong Kong to pursue further study in German and Theology in Basel University of Switzerland.
In 1996, his family has decided to start a new life in Canada and joined the United Church of Canada (UCC) as a congregation member in 1998. As a lay person, he participated actively in church activities in various capacities over a long period of time. He had been Sunday School teacher for youths and adults, supply preacher for both Chinese and English ministries, adviser of youth Fellowship, coordinator for In-reaching ministry, Website and Communication ministry, Sport ministry – badminton, and Worship and Music ministry. Other than that, he organized retreat programs for all ages, being presbytery representative, secretary as well as chairperson of the church official board.
In 2015, after prudent and deep reflections, he decided to leave his insurance-related profession and recommitted himself in his calling to ministry. Upon completion of the UCC required theology courses at Emmanuel College, he served the Calgary Chinese United Church in Alberta for 8 months, and then did his internship in Theodore-Springside Pastoral Charge in Saskatchewan, with Walter Farquharson, moderator of United Church of Canada (1900-1992) as his education supervisor. He was ordained in May 27, 2017 by Toronto Conference, and served the Mississauga Chinese United Church until June 30, 2018.
He speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, German and a little bit of modern Hebrew. He likes reading, watching movies, playing badminton and doing Tai Chi exercise. He has a positive attitude about church’s future and is willing to travel with anyone in his faith journey.