Originally from Australia, he has experience serving several churches in various countries around the world, and has been glad to call Taipei home since 2007. Pastor Lakkis lives here together with his wife and two boys, who are all great servants in the church community!
Pastor Lakkis’s experiences with many different denominations (including Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions) makes him a great supporter of the wonderful richness of the church’s life and traditions. And his broad cultural background spans Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His pastoral focus is to help the EM to become:
- an active community that is helping those in need,
- a diverse community where questions are welcome, and
- a community of all ages that celebrates life together.
A well-known figure in Taiwan’s religious communities and media, Pastor Lakkis holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and specializes in the beliefs and doctrines of the church, and in “public theology” — finding ways to link faith in practical ways with the world around us.
Besides pastoring the EM, he is also a professor of theology at the Tainan Theological College and Seminary, where he works to train Taiwan’s future church ministers. Since 2013 he has been a regular guest lecturer at the National Taiwan University School of Law and the European Union Law Research Center, and was a former Research Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. He is a member of the Taiwan Association for Financial Criminal Law Research. And since 2010 he has also been the director of the Center for Public Theology Taiwan.
In 2015, Pastor Lakkis was chosen to join a select global group of 35 researchers to work on a special project with the University of Chicago to enhance life for people around the world. His books include a co-edited German volume on ecumenism – Ökumene der Zukunft (Frankfurt, 2008) – and a book on science and religion, A New Hope: Wolfhart Pannenberg and the Natural Sciences on Time (London, 2014).