Rev. Joshua Siu is the director of the English Ministry at Richmond Emmanuel Church in Richmond, British Columbia.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m married to Rachel and we have three wonderful girls: Tabitha (5), Madelyn (3), and Chloe (1). We’re originally from Toronto, but after responding to the call of the Holy Spirit, we moved out to Richmond five and a half years ago, and now call the West Coast “home.” As a non-Anglican attending seminary at Wycliffe College in Toronto, I had no intention of becoming Anglican when I graduated, but the Holy Spirit led us to Richmond Emmanuel Church (REC) and the Anglican Mission, and for that we are thankful.
What gets you up in the morning/motivates and energizes you?
My daughters wake me up each morning, and my wife and I love seeing them live out their lives and discover who they are in relationship with one another. What motivates and energizes me in ministry is journeying alongside of people and witnessing them grow closer to Jesus, more in love with Him, and living out their lives for Him. I love to have one-on-one conversations, listening to stories and helping people to process where they have been and where God is leading them.
My devotional rhythm is to read Scripture and reflect on it every evening, allowing the Spirit to speak to me and reveal more of himself to me. I am also learning to practice the presence of God and to grow in my awareness of his presence with me in every moment of the day. At REC, we have started to pray the daily office with those who are present, and we have morning prayer with copying Scripture every morning which I lead a couple of days of the week.
What is the most encouraging or memorable thing that happened in your life and ministry in the last year?
My third daughter, Chloe, was born a year ago so that was pretty incredible and life-changing…again! I think that being able to bring three of our university students to Urbana Missions Conference in St. Louis was a significant event from this past year. It was a blessing first that they were willing to come, then to see them being stretched in their faith as they fundraised to go, and then to witness as they engaged with the Scripture study, speakers, workshops, and other students and leaders. God shifted my own view of my life and ministry while there and it’s had a tangible impact thereafter on my rhythms and relationships.
What person has most impacted your life and why?
Bishop Silas Ng has been a blessing to serve under, and it has been his encouragement to exercise my spiritual gifts and receive the Holy Spirit that has opened up a whole new way of living for me. It has been both very encouraging and a little strange to hear my own parents and in-laws talk about the ways that I have changed, but upon reflection I believe that it is a result of the work of the Holy Spirit, and Silas–being sensitive to the Spirit’s voice–has been instrumental to calling me to into a closer walk with Jesus.
What is something that you would like to accomplish in the future?
As I look forward, my goal is raise up young leaders who multiply leaders–loving God, discipling one another, and serving and loving our city and world by joining with God for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done.