Dr Lai Pak Wah

Vice-Principal, Registrar & Lecturer in Church History & Historical Theology

Dr Lai Pak Wah

Email: laipw@bgst.edu.sg

Tel: 6227-6815 ext 207

B Bus (Hons) (Nanyang Technological University)
Cert in Teaching (University of Sheffield)
Grad Dip CS (Biblical Graduate School of Theology)
MCS, MTh (Regent College, Vancouver)
PhD (University of Durham)

Dr. Lai completed his PhD with Durham University, where he specialized in Christianity in Late Antiquity, that is, the history, theology and spirituality of the 2nd 5th century church fathers (also known as Patristic Studies). Apart from Patristic Studies, Pak Wah is also interested in Christian traditions in spiritual formation, and the relationship between theology and other fields of studies, such as science, medicine, and Chinese culture.

Prior to his studies at Durham, Pak Wah studied for the Dip CS at BGST, before completing his MCS and Th.M (Theology) at Regent College. Previously, Pak Wah was a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, where he taught supply chain management and other business courses to both full and part time diploma students, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board.


  • International Association of Patristic Studies (Singapore and Malaysia Correspondent)


  • ‘St John Chrysostom’s Theology of Christian Transformation.’ (Th.M., Regent College, 2007. Supervisor: Prof. Hans Boersma).
  • John Chrysostom and the Hermeneutics of Exemplar Portraits (Ph.D, Durham University, 2011. Supervisors: Profs. Andrew Louth and Carol Harrison)


  • “John Calvin’s Use of the Church Fathers.” CRUX 43 (2007): 14-22.
  • ‘The Monk as Saint and Exemplar in John Chrysostom’s Writings.’ In Studies in Church History. Vol. 47. To be published in 2011.
  • Lai, Pak-Wah. ‘Dialogue and Ideology in the Martyrdom of Polycarp: A Bakhtinian Analysis.’ Studia Patristica 52 (2012): 37-45.
  • ____________. ‘Preaching Salvation in Early Christianity: The Example of John the ‘Golden-Mouth’ Preacher.’ In The Joy of the Lord: Essays in Honour of Quek Swee Hwa. Edited by Philip E. Satterthwaite and David W. F. Wong. Singapore: Finishing Well Ministries, 2012.
  • ____________. ‘The Imago Dei and Salvation among the Antiochenes: A Comparison of John Chrysostom with Theodore of Mopseustia.’ To be published in Studia Patristica 54 (2012).
  • ____________. ‘Book Review – Christianities in Asia’. Review of Christianities in Asia, ed. Peter C. Phan. West-Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Mission Round Table: The Occasional Bulletin of OMF Mission Research Vol. 7 (2012).

Read More …
Chapel Message by Dr Lai on Wed, 29 Sep 2010 (Listen here)
Christian Spirituality In A Technological Age on Wed, 16 Dec 2010 (Listen here)

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