ADRIAN TAM - SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
I've been going to church for as long as I can remember - I'm thankful to have been raised in a Christian household where I knew and loved the Bible from a young age. Because of this, I find it hard to pinpoint an exact conversion experience - although I can recall moments when God's presence and voice was made manifest to me in particularly potent ways. Going through high school, I was surrounded by highly intelligent and academically-driven peers, and this strongly influenced my ambitions for the future - I wanted to study and practice law, with vocational ministry being the last thing on my mind. But God soon intersected my plans, and even though I did end up spending 5 years in university studying commerce and law, God was shaping and moulding my plans, giving me an insatiable desire to be equipped for full-time pastoral ministry. In particular, through a series of events God gave me a real heart for the city of Sydney, the city in which I have been born and raised. I longed to see the ancient, timeless message of the gospel being retold in ways that make sense to our post-Christian society, and for the church in Sydney - which has historically been deeply divided along denominational and doctrinal lines - to be one, just as Jesus prayed.
Not long after graduating from university, I married the girl of my dreams Jessica whilst working in a professional services firm in the area of corporate taxation. God had me here for about 2 years, after which an opportunity opened up for me to minister full-time as a youth/young adults pastor at a growing multicultural church in suburban Sydney. I have now been in this role for the past 3 years during which time Jessica and I have witnessed God doing a tremendous work through His Spirit, renewing and revitalising a more traditional congregation. And earlier this year, we welcomed into our family Judah Eli Tam, our firstborn son! As we now step into our next adventure of planting a church in Sydney, we dream of seeing God birth a body of believers who love the Word of God and the Spirit of God, engaged in the mission of God as the family of God.