The Hearts and Hands Behind MGM
REV. DR. NICHOLAS WU
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Wu is lead pastor at Mustard Seed Company in Petaling Jaya. He has been involved in the music and worship ministry since the 80s.
He was instrumental in organizing 2 international worship conferences called ' Arise and Shine' in 1990 and 1992. His church recorded one of the earliest worship albums called "Passion Cry".
He has served on various boards internationally which include The International Worship Symposium, USA and Soul Survivor, UK. His passion is to see worship 'rise' in Malaysia - in passion, in standard and in freshness.
REV. NG WAH LOK
Rev. Ng Wah Lok is Pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle, Sri Damansara and Principal of Tung Ling Seminary since 1999. He is also a Director in the Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Berhad, a Public Company in the KLSE.
He is an accomplished Gospel Songwriter, having written more 100 songs since 1981. He released 3 Gospel albums, “Every Time I Pray”, “Shining Stars” and “Messiah King”. His signature song “Every Time I Pray” written in 1981 made a global impact and was recorded by other Mandarin Artistes in United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. One of his songs in the album “Messiah King”, entitled “Harvest of the Fields” co-written with Australian lyricist, Barbara Tipper, won the Australian Gospel Awards 2004 for the Best Hymn. The album also contains a Portuguese recording of “Every Time I Pray”.
Wah Lok graduated with a Masters Degree in Engineering in 1988 from the University Malaya. He also holds a Master of Theology (University of Wales, Bangor). He began his career as an engineer in 1984 and later became a Senior General Manager of Malaysia Steel Works. In 1999, he left his secular job and took the step of faith to serve God full time.
In 2001, he established his website www.tabernaclemusic.net , dedicated to promote local Gospel Music and training those in the worship ministry. His website contributed to the growth of Gospel Music in Malaysia. He has written numerous articles on music, worship, songwriting and the development of Gospel Music in Malaysia. He conducts music and worship seminars regularly.
PS. LUCY LOO
Lucy Loo is a gifted song writer from Georgetown Baptist Church, Penang and the founder of SAND (Saved for A New Destiny). Originating from Penang, SAND is a ministry with a vision to raise a new generation of Christians who will use their gifts to serve God in music and creative arts.
In 2002, SAND released their debut album SAND- Sold Out. Lucy wrote all the songs and gathered young people from seven churches in Penang to participate in this album. In 2004, she released her second album entitled SAND-Dreams under her own recording label Masterpiece Music. Lucy wrote most of the songs in SAND-Dreams but also included 2 songs from other songwriters from Penang. Since then, SAND has released 4 other albums, Hope (2008), Only One Life Time (2009), Worship Forever (2010) and Safe Habour (2011). Several of their songs are now also featured in UK compilation albums, “Here I am to Worship 4” and “Heart of Worship 8,9 and 10”series. Their songs have certainly gone international.
Beside music albums, Lucy together with Raymond Tan has also released a series of song book entitled “Because of Love” for the piano. The song book title “Because of love” is the hit song by Lucy L in SAND- Sold Out album. This album caught the attention of Christopher Norton and with his help and musical arrangement, the first book was published in 2006. One of the songs “Only You” was chosen as an exam piece for ANSCAR 2007 exam syllabus in Australia. In August 2007, two more books were published under the same series. Recently 26 pieces have been chosen by St Cecilia School of music in Australia as their exam pieces from 2008 onwards.
Lucy L graduated from Trinity College of Music London(1989), majoring in classical piano and cello and has been teaching music for more than 12 years. She has also been writing Gospel songs for the last 10 years.
In 1999-2000, she went to Hill Song, Australia and Sydney Conservatory to further her music education. During these years, she participated in the live recording of two Hill Song albums. This was a major turn around to her style of music resulting in the release of her contemporary album SAND. Lucy has a great passion for the youth and desires to train a whole young generation to excel in creative ministry, especially in the realm of song writing and worship.
REV. ALVIN TAN
Rev. Alvin Tan is a graduate of Tung Ling Seminary. Currently he is pastoring HIGH PRAISE MINISTRIES, a ministry and church that he and a few other leaders started. Prior to pastoring this church, he served as a Music Director in para-church Creative and Music Ministry. God has blessed him with this gift of ministering in worship and leading people into His Presence.
He also pastored another church before High Praise. He has had opportunities to serve as worship coordinator, worship leader and back -up musician in different crusades, rallies, seminars, Prayer Conferences and Praise & Worship celebrations, Global Day of Prayer events held in Klang Valley and different parts of Malaysia.
He has assisted in this area of worship for the likes of Tom Ingles, Larry Lea, Edwin Louis Cole, Bob Weiner, Morris Cerrulo, Reinhard Bonkke, Claudio Friedzon, Sergio Scataglini, Carlos Anacondia, John Bevere, Graham Power , John Mulinde and has also the privilege to lead worship and to minister in Singapore, Philippines, Mexico and Nepal. He teaches in Tung Ling Seminary in Malaysia and Philippines.
Pastor Alvin is part of a team of associate trainers in Malaysia for Million Leaders Mandate (John Maxwell’s leadership equipping program) and Habitudes.
He has ministered in different churches and camps, both adults and youths. He is also part of the team of trainers for the Nazarite Training for youths/young adults under the NECF. His desire is to see souls saved and brought into a loving relationship with Jesus. Together with his wife, Pastor Lynda and daughter, Chantel, they remain faithful to the calling of God upon their lives, and have done so for the last 30 years.
Shamini Ruth has been serving in the worship ministry for 30 years. She was also the Worship Director in her former church for 20 years. She is an anointed worship leader who moves in the prophetic and releases the heart of God in her songs. Her ministry is fuelled by her desire to prepare the church and see this generation become lovers of His presence. She pursues to see lives changed in Praise & Worship and helps release people into the liberty of lavishing their love for God and receiving God’s love.
Shamini is also the Chairman of “A Day of Praise” (ADOP) a 24 hours non stop Praise and Worship, that involves teams from all the states in Malaysia gathering in Praise & Worship and Prayer. The vision was given to her in 2007. It started off with 6 hours and in 2015, the vision of 24 hours came to pass. In 2016, the Lord laid it in her heart to have all the denominations in our nation participating and that came to fruition in the same year.
Now it is in the final lap of the vision to get all the states participating. She is working on the next phase of having a 24 hours Praise and Worship in every state on Global Worship Day after ADOP. This will be through a combine effort of the churches in their respective states.
She is the Director of Global Worship Malaysia, which spearheads the Global Worship Day in Malaysia. The Global Worship Team (GWT) conducts workshops/band dynamics for worship ministries and also holds Nights of Worship. Shamini also shares the Word of God and ministers together with the team in the various states.
Joe is a professional sound engineer, music producer and educator. His passion for music led him to work with both local and international artistes who have contributed much to the local music, movie and theater scene. He has also been actively serving, training and discipling worship teams of the local churches for 20 years.
Joe now serves as a musician, music director and worship leader at HTBB and is actively involved with Worship Central's ministry. Its aim is to train and equip worship teams and worship leaders in the local churches. He has toured with Worship Central in Malaysia, Shanghai, Medan and in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to that, Joe has also worked and participated in most of the music and worship movements in the Malaysian church such as the Malaysian Gospel Music (MGM), The Malaysian Day Of Prayer and Global Worship Day. In 2019, Joe participated in the International Gospel Music Festival (IGMF) in the South East Asia Region
As an educator and lecturer, Joe teaches part time at UCSI Universty and also conducts workshops at the music faculty of Sunway University. He also runs a recording studio and a music school in KL - to pioneer music performance and music production programs in Malaysia and beyond.
PS. TIMOTHY LIM
Coming from the rustic town of Ipoh, Timothy began his music journey and his involvement with the creative arts at a very young age. He was actively involved in music and musical projects in the youth and worship ministries. He started learning guitar at the age of 12 which led him to learn other instruments such as the drums, the bass and also lead guitar. By the age of 13, he had already served as a musician and worship leader in his hometown church of St. Peter's, Ipoh. Today, he serves as one of the pastors at Faith Christian Centre KL, English zone pastor and worship pastor.
Besides his full time ministry, Timothy is also a singer-songwriter who has 2 albums and a few singles online. It is a project that was birthed from his initiative to create an impact in the Malaysian music scene.
Tim’s songs are always aimed at reaching out to people with a theme that reflects the decisions we make in life and the challenges we face. This is a learning experience where we can see our strengths and weaknesses; as long as we have the learning passion that drives us all.
We welcome the above individuals. We trust that with their participation, it will propel MGM to greater effectiveness in the years ahead.
PS. REUBEN GEN
Reuben is passionate about worship, creativity and biblical studies. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, God placed within him a heart of worship and gifted him with musical talents and abilities to help express his worship to the Lord. Another one of his greatest desires is to see young people on fire for the Lord.
He completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting (UCSI University) in 2016 and proceeded to work as an auditor before getting called by God into full-time ministry. Currently he serves as a worship pastor in Harvest Christian Assembly, Klang. Reuben is also involved in young-adults ministry in his church. He holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Alphacrucis College, formerly known as Commonwealth Bible College (Sydney, Australia).
He also serves as worship leader for One Voice, a worship band he formed with his friends from UCSI University in 2015. Through One Voice, Reuben has conducted a number of conferences, rally and workshops in Ipoh, Klang, and Kuala Lumpur. Reuben is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. He first released his two singles, “Are You Weary?” and “Keep Going On”, during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He hopes to bring joy and encouragement through his songs.