Rev. Brian Lum

I was born and raised in a traditional Canadian Chinese home in Duncan BC. Although not a Christian home, my mother tried to instill in her children a belief in “God.” I went to Sunday School at the local United Church for a couple years until my love for sports took over. During my high school years, I began a journey of seeking out who God was. I tried many different “religions” and philosophies. After my first year of college, I met up with a group of youth from a local church who were out playing softball. After joining them to play they invited me to their church’s drop-in centre where they did some singing and had some fellowship. I spent many hours over the next few weeks, getting to know the people in this church and listening to their explanations of what faith is. I came to faith in May, of 1983 while at home reading the Bible they had given me. I was baptized by immersion in the Cowichan River in June of 1983.

It was at this church I met the woman who would become my wife. In 1986, Tracey and I began attending Bethel Baptist Church (FEBC) where I became involved in teaching Sunday School and leading the Youth Ministry. In 1988, we were married and in 1989 we were blessed with the birth of our daughter. In 1990, we went through a difficult year losing both my wife’s mother and our first son within a few months.

In 1992 with one child in hand, we moved to Saskatchewan where I attended Briercrest College and Seminary. It was during my time in school, we were blessed with our son, Michael, who graduated this past June. After graduation in 1996, I answered the call to become the Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church (CBWC) in Fort St. John, BC, where I served until the end of the summer of 2006. After finishing at Calvary, I worked doing office design and sales. During this time, I had the opportunity of doing pulpit supply and consulting with many different churches in need. In 2009 God led us to Calgary to Bowness Baptist Church, a small struggling church in a depressed part of Calgary, where we served until early 2012. Finishing at Bowness, I served at the Mustard Seed as their Food Services Manager under a one-year contract to help get their food services running more effectively and efficiently and help build team morale. Since then, I took a number of months off as a personal sabbatical for reflection and prayer.

The year of 2013 marks the 30th year since coming to faith. This journey has been filled with many blessings and struggles; victories and failures. We have seen God do amazing things and have gotten to know many amazing people. Through it all, Christ’s grace and faithfulness have been an anchor and source of strength and we look forward to what God has prepared for the future.