Revd Dr Timothy Lim


Centre for Chinese Research and Training

Lecturer, Systematic Theology


Timothy is the Director of the Centre for Chinese Research and Training at Carey. He also teaches Systematic Theology.




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Distinction in Dissertation, Regent University, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Masters, Contextual & Pastoral Theology, 16 credits hrs (equivalent of NZQA 64 credits), Trinity Theological College, Singapore
  • Masters of Divinity, magna cum laude, Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, National University of Singapore


Clinical (Select)

  • Transitional Ministry Training I, Menucha Oregon, Presbytery at Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.; 300 hours of clinical work with persons in crisis, and 100 hours of CPE training
  • APC: Collaboration in Providing Spiritual Care (APC 1.5 hours)
  • First Steps Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Certified Facilitator, and ACP Facilitator Online Curriculum Certification, Gundersen Health System, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc. (9.4 CE Contact hours)
  • Certificates in Individual and Peer Support Crisis Intervention, and Group Crisis Intervention, UMBC, University of Maryland (CE 27 hours)


Membership and Affiliations

  •  Member, American Academy of Religion
  • Member, Ecclesiological Investigation Network
  • Member, World Reformed Fellowship
  • Advisory Board Member, One in Christ Journal (Turvey, Surrey, U.K.)
  • Board Member (relinquishing), North American Academy of Ecumenists (U.S.A.)
  • Ordained Minister of Word & Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Visiting Lecturer, London School of Theology (U.K.)


Select Keynote Lectures and Addresses

  • June 2015, On Reformation Commemoration, Regional LARCUM, Virginia Beach, U.S.A. (LARCUM denotes: Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and United Methodists)
  • June 2015 Homily on Eucharistic Charity to 120 clergy leaders including Archbishop of Canterbury’s Rep to the Holy See, Western Section Head of Pontifical Council for Promotion of Christian Unity, Bishops, Heads of councils of churches, Ecumenical Officers, at International Receptive Ecumenism Conference, Fairfield University, Connecticut, U.S.A.
  • January 2015, On Interdisciplinarity and Pastoral Studies, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola Chicago University, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • November 2013, Imagining the Future of a Reconciled Unity, Pierre Center for Ecumenism & National Council of Churches, Saskatoon, Canada.


Teaching Areas

  • Global Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theology and Culture
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions


Research Areas

  • Asian Theology
  • Continental Political Theory
  • Group Social Psychology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Ecumenical Theology
  • Recognition Philosophy
  • Theology and Culture
  • Theology and Interdisciplinarity


Research Summary

The Reverend Dr. Timothy T. N. Lim lectures in constructive systematic theology, and has been involved in the Faith and Order Commission of the Virginia Council of Churches among other pastoral, ecclesial, teaching and marketplace portfolios. His ecclesiastical credential is as an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

In 2014, his Ph.D. research on the recognition of the churches with insights from Hegelian philosophy, group social psychology and Axel Honneth’s continental political theory received distinction unanimously by the committee. A revised version was published with Brill, 2017.

Timothy has also published on topics such as ecclesiology, ecumenism (intra-Christian investigation, such as Protestant-Catholic dialogue), eucharistic theology (or theology of the Lord’s Supper), evangelicalism, interreligious engagement, overcoming violence, and spiritual friendship. Recently, he has expanded his coverage to include Asian theology and Protestantism in East and Southeast Asia. God-willing, he aspires to produce some intercultural research, expand collaborative ministry between churches and the theological academia, and bring theology in the service of the churches.

With his endeared wife, Sharlene Yeo and Tim are parents to three growing teenage boys.


Current Research/Book Projects

  • Asian Protestantism
  • Civility
  • Interreligious Friendship
  • Spiritual Friendship
  • Theology and Culture




Postgraduate Projects:

  • June 2014                    Ecclesial Recognition: An Interdisciplinary Proposal for Churches (400 pages)
  • Dec 2004                     Comparative Study of Truth & Revelation in the I-Ching & the Bible (268 pages)



 2017                            Ecclesial Recognition with Hegelian Philosophy, Social Psychology and Continental Political Theory (Leiden, BRILL, 2017) 460 pages; ISBN 978-900-4347366.


Book Chapters

  • 2018/9 (Invited)  “Protestantism in East and Southeast Asia,” Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity, vol. 4, East and South-east Asia, edited by Kenneth Ross (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).
  • 2018 (Invited) “Reimagining Asian Theological Method,” Asian Churches Crossing Boundaries, edited by Fr. Michael Amaladoss and Pascal Bazzell (Penn. State University Press, forthcoming).
  • 2018 (Invited) with Amos Yong, “Acts 2 & Interreligious Engagement,” Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement, eds., Or N. Rose, Homayra Ziad, and Soren M. Hessler (Orbis Books, 2018), pp. 42-52.
  • 2017 “Overcoming Mimetic and Contagion Violence,” Faith in an Age of Terror, edited by Phillip Satterthwaite, and Tze Ming Quek (Armour Publishing, 2017), pp. 73-90.
  • 2016 (invited) “Together Towards Life: A Pentecostal Assessment,” Ecumenical Missiology: Changing Landscapes and New Conceptions of Mission, edited by Kenneth R. Ross, Jooseop Keum, Kyriaki Avtzi, and Roderick Hewitt. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series (Oxford: Regnum Books International, and Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2016), 438-451.
  • 2013 (Invited) “The Gospel’s Treasure in the Garden of Our Soul,” in If I Could Only Preach One Sermon, ed., Johnson T. K. Lim (Singapore: Word & Works, 2013), 163-171.


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

  • 2017, Fall “Laudato Si: An Evangelical Review,” Evangelical Quarter Review 41:4 (Oct 2017): 321-338.
  • 2016, Fall (Invited) “Shifts in Local Missional Evangelism in the Pacific Rim,” Evangelical Review of Theology & Politics 4 (online, 2016): EF1-13.
  • 2016, Spring “Presbyterians & Sexuality,” Reformed World 65: 2&3 (World Communion of Reformed Churches, 2016 Spring): 26-58; * they printed my work-in-progress by mistake; they retracted and apologized in next issue
  • 2016, Fall “The Quincentenary: Relearning the Past, Building the Future,” One in Christ 50:2 (2016): 257-269.
  • 2016, Spring (May) “Recognition and Reception: Towards a Joint Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017,” BRILL’s Ecclesiology 12:2 (2016): 197-224.
  • 2015 (Invited) “Pentecostalism in Singapore and Malaysia: Past, Present and Future,” Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-Empowered Movements, Past, Present, and Future, vol. 1: Asia and Oceania, edited by Amos Yong and Vinson Synan (Lake Mary, Fla.: Charisma House Publishers, 2015), ch. 12, 126-135, 240-245.
  • 2015 (Invited) “The Holy Spirit in Evangelii Gaudium, Together Towards Life, and Lausanne’s The Cape Town Commitment,” eds., Jooseop Keum and Stephen Bevans, International Review of Mission 104:2 (2015): 203-216.
  • 2015 (Aug) “Towards a Protestant Pneumatological-Ecclesiology: Outside the ‘Two Lungs of the Church,” De Gruyter’s Review of Ecumenical Studies 7:2 (2015): 211-229.
  • 2015 (Fall) Acts and Missional Ecumenism: Models of Church,” Princeton Theological Review 18:1 online, Spring 2015:
  • 2015 (Apr) “Recognition and Reception: Towards a Joint Commemoration of the Reformation 2017 for Churches in the Tidewater, VA,” Ecumenical Trends 44.4 (2015): 9-15.
  • 2015 (Jan) “‘What if we could?’: An Essay in Productive Ecumenism,” BRILL, Ecclesiology: The Journal of Mission, Ministry, and Unity 11:1 (2015): 65-83.
  • 2014 “Eucharist: Eucharistic Charity and Building Unity,” One in Christ 48:1 (2014): 110-117.
  • 2013 (Winter) “Blessings in the Prophets and the Wisdom: A Response to Charismatic Christian Hermeneutics and a General Application for Christian Living,” Evangelical Review of Society and Politics Special Edition on Money, Prosperity and Economics 6:1/2 (2012/2013): 77-103. 
  • 2013 (Fall) “A Tribute to an Ecumenist and Lay Ecclesial Theologian: Brother Jeffrey Gros, F.S.C. (1938-2013),” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 48:4 (Fall 2013): 535-570.
  • 2013 (Invited) “Friendship: Interpreting Aelredian Love for Today,” American Academy of Church History Blog (12th January 2013)
  • 2012 (Summer) “Towards Ecumenical Unity: An Analysis and Preliminary Proposal,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 47:3 (Summer 2012): 397-409


Dictionary Entries:

  • 2014          Six articles for Lexham Bible Dictionary of The Logos Bible Software, March to October 2014. “The Bible in Western Literature,” “Anthromorphism and Apophatism,” “Concept of Great Power,” “Land and Property,” “Economics and Christian Thought,” and “Work”
  • 2010         Two articles: “John W. Peterson, Christian Hymn Writer,” and “Richard F. Blumhardt” in Testimoni della fede nella Chiese della reforma, edited by Thomas F. Best, Stanley Burgess, and Günther Gassmann (Rome: Nuova’ Citta Editrice Della P.A.M.O.M, Italian, 2010), pp. 296-297, 92-93.


Review Essays (Refereed):

  • 2015          Reforming Rome: Karl Barth and Vatican II. By Donald W. Norwood. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2015. For One in Christ 49:1 (Summer 2015): 161-164.
  • 2014          “Social Psychology for Theological Education and Christian Unity.” Review of Social Psychology in Christian Perspective. Exploring the Human Condition. By Angela M. Sabates. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2012, and Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. By Christena Cleveland. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2013. For Evangelical Review of Theology and Politics 2 (18 June 2014): RA8-14.
  • 2013          Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom. Edited by Bruce Ellis Benson, Malinda Elizabeth Berry, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel. Prophetic Christianity Series. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2012. For Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 20:1 (2013): 11-17.
  • 2012          Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics. By Robert Benne. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2012. For Evangelical Review of Society and Politics 6:1/2 (2012): 147-158.
  • 2012          God, Gays and the Church: Human Sexuality and Experience in Christian Tradition. Edited by Lisa Nolland, Christ Sugden, and Sarah Finch. Oxford: The Latimer Trust, 2008. For Evangelical Review of Society and Politics 6:1/2 (2012): 147-158.
  • 2012          The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. By Graham H. Twelftree. Cambridge Companions to Religion Series. Massachusetts: Cambridge University Press, 2011. In Renewal Dynamics Blog. 20 June 2012.
  • 2010           Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ. By Marcia W. Mount Shoop. Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. For Evangelical Review of Society and Politics. Vol. 5.2 (2012).
  • 2011          Pentecostal and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments. Edited by Wolfgang Vondey. Pickwick, 2010. In Renewal Dynamics Blog; 2011
  • 2011          “Barth and the Evangelicals: A Review Essay of David Gibson and Daniel Strange, eds. Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques. New York: T&T Clark Continuum International Publishing, 2009.” Blackwell Reviews in Religion and Theology 18:3 (2011): 422-427.
  • 2010          The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. By Willie James Jennings. Yale University Press, 2010. For Evangelical Review of Society and Politics 4:2 (Oct 2010): 76-80.


Pedagogy-related Review (Refereed):


Articles (Non-Refereed):   

  • 2018 (Invited) “A Rising New Incivility?” ETHOS Institute Feature Article.  2nd April 2018.
  • 2012               “Deeply Human: Admonishment in the Direction of Godly Civility.” The Christian Post, Singapore Edition. 8th May 2012.
  • 2012               “The Bridges Easter Create” The Christian Post, Singapore Edition. 6th April 2012.
  • 2012               “Christian Unity: An Evangelical Reflection,” The Christian Post, Singapore Edition.  31 January 2012.  
  • 1996               “Suicidal Thoughts and the Elderly” Magazine of the Ministry of Community Development 1996.



  • 2015, May      Zondervan Theology Award / Regent University Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Award
  • 2014, June     Regent University, “Pass with Distinction” Ph.D. Diss. unanimously by committee
  • 2013-2014      Regent University, Vinson Synan Outstanding Doctoral Studies Award
  • 2012                Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities
  • 2011, Sept      The North American Academy of Ecumenists, The Annual Winner of Essay Contest
  • 2011, Apr       Regent University, “Pass with Distinction” Ph.D. Written & Oral Exams of 21 areas
  • 2008-2011     Regent University, Shifflet Endowment Scholarship and Dean’s List (annual awards)
  • 2008-2013    BRASH Trust, Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2005               Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Applied Theology & Field Education Prizes
  • 2003               Biblical Graduate School of Theology, New Testament Prize
  • 2002-2004    Dr. Benjamin Chew’s Theological Scholarship
  • 1993                Finisher of The Mobile Marathon Singapore, 42¼ kilometers


Contact Details

Phone: 09 526 6592

Email: [email protected]