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Pastor Benjamin Ho

I was born in Singapore and migrated to Brisbane with my family when I was 12. It was my years as a teenager in youth group at CCCB which taught me about the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. However it wasn’t until after high school, after some ‘wandering years’ in the Singapore army and my first year of university, that I really recognised and admitted to my utter sinfulness and absolute need for God’s love, grace and forgiveness. Praise be to God for opening my eyes! It was then that I could clearly see that Jesus had to be my Saviour and Jesus was the King I had to live for.

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I’m married to Faith who is a wonderful wife, soul-mate, partner in the gospel and mother. We have four daughters we love very much – Anastasia, Maia, Abigail (who died at 4 days of age and went to be with the Lord ahead of us) and Zoe.

Prior to becoming a pastor, I studied and worked as a physiotherapist in a hospital. It was a great job which gave me much time to serve at church, especially as a youth group leader. However, God had placed in my a heart a conviction to preach the gospel, ‘make disciples’ and pastor his flock in a much greater capacity than I had been doing as a youth leader at church. So I packed my bags, said my goodbyes and went to be trained as a ministry apprentice at the Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students Church in the University of NSW. After the 2-year apprenticeship, I went to Moore Theological College and completed the Bachelor of Divinity course.

I returned to CCCB St Lucia to pastor the English congregation at the beginning of 2009. Our family was warmly welcomed into the SLE Church family and it has been a joy and privilege to be serving here as a pastor. My migrant background, training in an international student church, and growing up in Brisbane has really been God’s provision in helping me pastor the flock at SLE. We pray that God would be pleased to keep working in and through us to serve His church here.

 

Pastor Steven Tran
IMG_7660-2My story in short: I was a Buddhist who discovered that Jesus made so much more sense of this life.

The longer version:

I grew up in a fairly typical migrant family. My parents were refugees escaping the Vietnam War and fled to Australia by boat. I grew up in Adelaide with one younger brother and our family relocated to Brisbane in 1992.

Towards the end of high school I began to delve into spiritual matters more closely.  It was my university days which opened my eyes to Christianity. I visited a good friend to borrow textbooks and he also came out with a Bible. This lead to a lengthy discussion on Buddhism vs Christianity which made me realise that there might be something to Jesus I didn’t know before. A visit to his youth group – CCCB’s YF – helped dispel notions that Christians were weird (!) and encouraged me to know more. My friend took me through Christianity Explained while I read ‘A Case For Christ’ (Lee Strobel) which helped convince me that not only was Jesus real but his life and message made so much more sense of this life and world than Buddha’s explanation.

In 2003 a visiting youth speaker challenged me to consider full-time paid pastoral ministry. No lightning, no voice from heaven, just a simple encouragement to use my gifts in a greater capacity because of the great needs. In 2006 I married my beautiful wife Steph, in 2007 we both finished our respective jobs and started a full-time ministry apprenticeship under the guidance of Pastor Steve Nation (of our sister church 5:17church). In 2009 we both started studies at Queensland Theological College, and in 2012 started ministry with my home church, SLE Church.

In March of 2012 we welcomed our firstborn son into the world: Jayden Timothy Tran. He’s been a bundle of joy as we’re watching him grow, and we think he looks more like Steph than me. We also welcomed our baby girl, Janessa Dawn Tran in late October 2013. Then in June 2016 we welcomed number 3, Eliza Piper Tran and are falling in love with parenting all over again.

On a personal note, I love coffee and photography. So if you’re keen on either (or both) and would like to catch up over one (or both!!) feel free to let me know!

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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6654 Main Street
Wonderland, AK 45202
(513) 555-7856