Paul Tan

Paul Tan

Edmonton City Leader
Campus Leader, University of Alberta


I was born in Singapore and grew up in a non-religious family background, except for when they performed the necessary ancestral worship rituals. The pursuit of success was drilled into every Singaporean child as their goal in life and the means to that is the pursuit for higher education. While in an Anglican affiliated Secondary School, I was exposed to Christ. However, it was the lives of a few Christian classmates that influenced me towards Christ. My identical twin brother was the first to come to Christ in secondary school through the help of Navigators in Singapore. When I committed my life to Christ, he introduced me to the Navigators. I was discipled by a Navs volunteer labourer, Oliver Kelly for 6 years. He shared not only spiritual things—how to walk with God, how to study the Bible, etc, but his own life. He incarnated/fleshed out the wonder of the gospel of Christ and God’s amazing grace.

In August 1991, I left for Calgary, Alberta to pursue my studies at the University of Calgary and served with the U of C Navs community. I graduated in December 1995 and the Navigators of Canada invited me to join their staff team and continue serving at University of Calgary. At the end of June 2002, I moved to Edmonton to assume the leadership of the University of Alberta Navigators ministry.