Dr Lai Pak Wah


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Dr Lai Pak Wah is lecturer of Church History and Historical Theology at BGST. A graduate from BGST (Grad Dip CS) & Regent College, Vancouver (MCS, ThM), Pak Wah completed his PhD at Durham University,where he specialised in Christianity in Late Antiquity (the history, theology and spirituality of the 2nd - 5th century church fathers, also known as Patristic Studies). Pak Wah has publicised articles and chapters on John Chrysostom’s preaching, soteriology and Trinitarian doctrine. He is also author of The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives of Chinese Medicine. Previously, Pak Wah was a full-time lecturer at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic, and engaged in investment promotion work with the Singapore Economic Development Board. 


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


  • “John Chrysostom’s Theology of Christian Transformation.” Th.M Thesis, Regent College, 2007 (unpublished).
  •  “John Chrysostom and the Hermeneutics of Exemplar Portraits.”  Ph. D Thesis, Durham University, 2010. (unpublished)

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

  • The Dao of Healing: Christian Perspectives on Chinese Medicine. Singapore: Graceworks, 2018. 
Journal Articles
  • "John Calvin's Use of the Church Fathers."CRUX43 (2007): 14-22.
  • “The Monk as Saint and Exemplar in John Chrysostom’s Writings.” In Studies in Church History. Vol. 47. Suffolk: Boydell, 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 Mopseustia.” Studia Patristica 67, Vol. 15 (2013).
  • “Comparing Patristic and Chinese Medical Anthropologies: Insights for Chinese Contextual Theology.” Studia Patristica 91, No. 17 (2017): 213-24
  • “The Eusebian and Meletian Roots of John Chrysostom’s Trinitarian Theology,” Scrinium 14 (2018): 1–26.
  • “John Chrysostom’s Reception of Basil of Caesarea’s Trinitarian Theology,” Sriinum 15 (2019): 62–79.
Book Chapters
  • “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.
  • “Reading On the Priesthood as Dialogue: Perspectives on John Chrysostom’s Ascetic Vision,” in John Chrysostom: Past, Present, Future. Edited by Doru Costache and Mario Baghos. Sydney: AIOCS, 2017.
  • “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.
  • “Reformed Theology and Tradition,” in Heritage & Legacy of the Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore. SG: Finishing Well Ministries, 2018.
  • “The Legacy of the Church Fathers for the Bible Presbyterians,” in An Owl’s Journey: Essays to Commemorate the 60th Birthday of David W.F. Wong. SG: Graceworks, 2019.
  • “Exemplar Portraits and the Interpretation of John Chrysostom’s Doctrine of Recapitulation,” in Revisioning John Chrysostom. Edited by Chris de Wit and Wendy Mayer. Leiden: Brill, 2019

Unpublished Articles/ Conference Presentations
  • Metaphysical Metaphors East and West: Implications for Chinese & Biomedical Dialogue.Presented at the 20thInternational Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy 2017 (unpublished)
  • Harmonious Unity: Chinese Medicine and Meditative Well-Being. Presented at the Australian Meditation Conference 2018 (unpublished)
  • Rhetoric and Therapy in John Chrysostom’s Trinitarian Discourse. Presented at the 16thInternational Patristics Conference at Oxford 2019 (to be submitted to Studia Patristica)

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