Pastor and Family(1989-2014)
Lighthouse Baptist Church (Independent Baptist) Singapore, was established on 19th February 1989, by R.V. Selvanayagam (B.A. Christian Ministries, Hawaii, USA). He was ordained and sent out by Lanakila Baptist Church, Hawaii.
Pastor Selva also established Lifegate Independent Baptist Church in Johore, Malaysia in 1991 (see map in the link “locate us”) He was married to Mary Sim, a former nurse (SRN Singapore, SCM Scotland) and they have one son, Gideon Raj. They are all Singaporeans.
Pastor Selva had been in the full time ministry for the Lord since 1977. Born in a Hindu family, he accepted Christ as His Savior when he was invited to church by a friend and heard the Gospel preached. His life verse was Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Pastor Selva served in a number of Independent Baptist Churches prior to having his formal education in Hawaii. He was also engaged in many ministries in Hawaii which included Family and Youth Counselling, Bus ministry, Prison ministry, Sunday School ministry, Soul-winning and Discipleship ministry among others. He was also a Singapore MSFD (Ministry of Social and Family Development) Marriage Solemnizer and Counsellor. Together with Gideon, Pastor Selva and Mary have visited about 15 countries for mission trips and Gospel work.
His wife Mary came from a Buddhist background. Coming from a Convent school, she became a Catholic and remained one for a number of years. Mary was saved through the witness of a nursing friend who shared the Gospel with her. She was then invited to a Baptist Church. Eventually she quit her job as a staff-nurse and gave her life to the service of the Lord. She took classes in Biblical studies, served in the bus ministry, Awana children’s ministry, Sunday School ministry for children and ladies, soul-winning and discipleship ministry, church administration among others. Mary has faithfully been serving the LORD with her husband for the last 22 years. Her life verse is Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God , who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”