Andy Chin commissioned as Senior Pastor for Wesley International Congregation
It was a significant moment when Andy Chin was commissioned as the Senior Pastor of Wesley International Congregation on Sunday 19 November.
Andy has been a part of the Wesley Mission family all his life. He came to faith in Jesus while attending our Wesley International Congregation (WIC) and over the past 15 years has served on staff in various ministry leadership roles within WIC. And now, Andy leads that same congregation as Senior Pastor.
“I consider this such an honour. This is where I came to faith as a young man—coming in broken and finding grace,” said Andy.
At a special service held at the Wesley Centre in Sydney, Andy was commissioned by a representative from the Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church in Australia, the Rev Ken Day from St Stephen’s Uniting Church.
Wesley Mission’s CEO, the Rev Keith Garner and the senior minister of Wesley Congregational Life, the Rev Dr Rick Dacey, both spoke at the service and shared about Andy’s giftedness, his heart for ministry and the strong, humble and faithful spirit that he brings to this important and challenging role.
Andy’s response to these comments reflected his humble and faithful spirit.
“My confidence is not in my ability, skills or resources, but in Jesus Christ,” he said. “I’m confident that Jesus Christ will provide all the resources and ability to do this mission.”
During the service, Andy publicly affirmed his belief in Jesus Christ as his Lord and confirmed that he felt called to the ministry of Senior Pastor. The congregation was also asked to confirm their support and acceptance of Andy as their Senior Pastor, with many responding in loud applause and cheers. The official act of commissioning took place as congregation elders and leaders placed their hands on Andy, while the Rev Ken Day spoke the prayer of commissioning.
As the service came to a conclusion, Andy thanked the congregation for their support over the years and for their encouragement as he now takes up this leadership position.
“Some of you have inspired me, opened the Word of God to me, prayed for me. This is family. I thank you for all your love and support over the years. Please continue to pray for me and my family in the leadership of this congregation and I pray that we will all grow into the mission that we’re called to as a community,” Andy said.
The service ended with a prayer for Andy and his family, from two of his predecessors, the Rev Dr Tony Chee and the Rev Dr Barry Chant.
In keeping with his passion for servant leadership, Andy ended his special day serving in the kitchen for Wesley Mission’s annual Volunteers Appreciation Lunch. With sleeves rolled up and his trademark smile, Andy showed that he is ready to lead in Spirit, Word and deed.