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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)

Courses taught

  • CH101, CH102: History of Christianity, I, II
  • CH/ TS260: The Roots of Christianity (Introduction to Patristics)
  • TS230: Christian Apologetics & Evangelism (TS 230)
  • TS/ ID281: Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine (Seminar)
  • CS211: Ancient Wisdom for Everyday Christianity: Reading the Spiritual Classics of Christianity (To be transferred to TSK)
  • CS101: Christian Spirituality I: Foundations for Everyday Life (Team Teaching with Tan Seng Kong)
  • CS102: Christian Spirituality II: Practices for Discernment and Discipleship (Practicum to be launched in 2018. Mentor)
  • BGST Church History Tour (Italy, 1st to 15th centuries) (2014, 2015)
  • BGST Church History Tour: Reformation to 20th Century (2017)

Published Works

  • ‘John Calvin’s Use of the Church Fathers.’CRUX 43 (2007): 14-22.
  • ‘The Monk as Saint and Exemplar in John Chrysostom’s Writings.’ Studies in Church History47 (2011).
  • ‘Dialogue and Ideology in the Martyrdom of Polycarp: A Bakhtinian Analysis’, Studia Patristica 52 (2012), 37-45
  • The Imago Dei and Salvation among the Antiochenes: A Comparison of John Chrysostom with Theodore of Mopsuestia, Studia Patristica 43 (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).
  • Comparing Patristic and Chinese Medical Anthropologies: Insights for Chinese Contextual Theology. Studia Patristica 89 (2017)
  • Reading On the Priesthood as Dialogue Perspectives on John Chrysostoms Ascetic Vision, in John Chrysostom: Past, Present, Future. Edited by Doru Costache and Mario Baghos. Sydney: AIOCS, 2017 (forthcoming)
  • John Chrysostom: Vision of the Angelic Life, in Sources of the Christian Self: A Cultural History of Christian Identity. Edited by James M. Houston and Jens Zimmermann. MI: Eerdmans, 2018 (forthcoming)
  • Exemplar Portraits and the Interpretation of John Chrysostoms Doctrine of Recapitulation, in Revisioning John Chrysostom. Edited by Chris de Wit and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill, 2018 (Forthcoming)
  • Friends, Foes and Chrysostoms Trinitarian Discourse. Presented at the 2017 Asia Pacific Early Christian Studies Conference. To be submitted as part of conference proceedings to Scrinium (Journal of Patrology and Critical hagiography, Brill) for publication in 2018.
  • Metaphysical Metaphors East and West: Implications for Chinese & Biomedical Dialogue. Presented at the 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (to be submitted for review and publication in 2018)
  • The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine. Singapore: Graceworks, 2018 (Forthcoming)

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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)