David J Seah is founder of two organisations: the Asian Pastoral Institute and The Tabernacle Church & Missions. He is academically trained in cross-disciplinary integration. His education includes theology (BDiv, Trinity Theological College, Singapore), personnel management (GDipPMgt, SIM, Singapore) intercultural studies (MA, Fuller SWM, Pasadena, USA), education and human development (MA, The George Washington University, Washington DC) and business and management (PhD, University of South Australia).
David is visionary in the acquisition and development of properties, library resources, human capital development and curriculum design. The morphing of Asian Pastoral Institute to train leaders who can span both the spiritual and the secular in both church and society is visionary. He pioneers the integration of spirituality and secularity for the market place to provide training, development and education for the third world poor. His leadership responsibilities extend beyond the development of the above-mentioned organisations’ staff and faculty in Singapore to include those in Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines as well.
David coaches, mentors, and consults with business, church, and missionary leaders. Successful executives he mentors include a bank managing director, and a group director (corporate services) of a government statutory board. He is equally adept in educational and career counselling and has actively directed career switches which enhanced self actualisation resulting in greater job satisfaction and significant increases in compensation.
Besides overseeing the development of graduate and undergraduate programmes in Asian Pastoral Institute, David teaches the module on Small Groups in the graduate programme. He was also a doctoral supervisor for the University of South Australia and Kaplan, with a special focus on organisational learning and transformation, and has been an invited speaker at the Graduate Business School, Hanoi National University and Dalat University.
David’s research interests include spirituality and organisational transformation, group dynamics, sensemaking, sensegiving, work life balance and social entrepreneurship. He has presented papers at the Academy of Management and Administrative Sciences Association of Canada conferences. In advancing theological education and research, David has coordinated and authored a special issue of the Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology, anchored on a strong multi-disciplinary flavour.