A Walk Down Memory Lane Since
1929 – Worship Service @ Seletar Air Base
Rev J A Supramaniam of Short Street Tamil Methodist Church, with the help of assistant pastor Rev S M Thevathasan, Mr A Athisayam and Mr VA Chelliah started worship services at Seletar Air Base. This was the beginning of the history of Seletar Tamil Methodist Church.
1935 – Formation of Seletar Tamil Methodist Church
Under the leadership of Rev S S Pakianathan the Tamil District was organised and Seletar Tamil Methodist Church was formed.
1937 – Royal Air Force Station
The congregation at the Royal Air Force Station saw the appointment of Mr Chelliah as their supply pastor.
1938 to 1939 – Sunday Worship Service
Mr KJ Ponniah, who was a teacher at the Anglo Chinese Continuation School, was appointed together with Mr V Devasagayam, to start regular worship services on Sundays.
1948 to 1958 – Leaders who served
Mr Vidwan, Mr V Chellam, Mr C A Watson, Mr Joshua Baruch served the Church and assisted in the Sunday school and other ministries in Seletar.
1960 to 1967 – Leaders who served
Mr I Chelladurai, Mr Mariasamy, Rev Dr E J Thoraisingam, were assisting in the ministries at Seletar.
1968 to 1974 – The pullout of the British
Rev Prahbu Dass Roberts became the pastor in charge. The pull out by the British, affected the church membership. Many associate members left Singapore. Mr C D Pandian and Mr Philip Jesudass assisted in conducting Sunday worship services and in the youth ministry while Mrs Prabhu Dass assisted with the WSCS.
1980 – Change of Appoinment
Rev Martin Alphonse was appointed as the pastor in charge of Seletar Tamil Methodist Church.
1982 – Relocation of Church
The Singapore Air Force told the Church to move to a new location, as they wanted to acquire back the worship place for their usage. Thus, we shifted to Abundant Grace Presbyterian Church at Jalan Kayu. The worship services at this place, started as early as 7 am.
1990 – Relocation of Church
We moved to the Syrian Orthodox Church at Yio Chu Kang Road.
1996 – Relocation of Church
We moved again to Salem Chapel at Thomson Hill Drive.
2004 – Outreach Ministry
The Lord gave us a vision to start an outreach ministry in the east of Singapore. Under the leadership of Rev R Prahbu, the pastor in charge, we started Cell Groups and Home Prayer meetings at Pasir Ris, Tampines and Bedok. These meetings were held every Saturday and about 25 to 30 members attended.
2005 – Relocation of Church
The Lord blessed us with a place of worship at St George’s Chapel off Loyang Avenue next to the Changi Air Base. The relocation to Changi was very significant as the Lord showed us a new ground to expand our Church ministry. Our Sunday service starts at 8:00 am, after which we have our breakfast fellowship at 10:00 am. The Youth Ministry, WSCS and Adult Men Fellowship commences after the breakfast fellowship.
We would like to acknowledge the pastors who have served Seletar Tamil Methodist Church from 1983 to 2008. They are Rev Prem Kumar, Rev I G Sundrerajan, Rev Milton Lazarus, Rev Dr E J Thoraisingam, Rev Philip Abraham, Rev Ebenezer Mohan and Rev R Prabhu, Pastor T Jeevanantham and Rev Dr Vinson Samuel. Rev James Nagulan is currently our Pastor in Charge and Rev C Saravana Kumar is our Assistant Pastor. May the Lord continuously bless them, their Ministry and families abundantly.
Click to view – History of STMC Video Montage (Youtube)
Mr. V. Johnson
Former Lay Leader