Pastor Rick Seaward


Founder & Apostolic Overseer
Victory Family Centre
Singapore

You’ve planted churches all around the world. Is there one country that has left a deep impression on you?

I guess that would be Uganda. We have been going to Uganda since 1985. That’s where we first learned and launched the church planting movement strategy, where you plant multiple churches at one time. We heard about it, we learned it, and we challenged our pastors to go forward and do it. We never anticipated the phenomenal results we’d achieve! We projected 3,600 churches, but instead 4,600 were planted. We owe it to God’s powerful miracles. That really changed the whole paradigm of missions for us here in Singapore. Recently, we’ve ventured into Timor Leste, East Malaysia, Brazil and Mexico. We keep tweaking it, adapting it, and learning more kingdom strategies to see church planting move quickly in the last days.

Were you born and raised in Singapore?

Yes, I’m a true blue Singaporean, born and raised in Singapore. I went to an American school for schooling, and that’s why I have an American accent. If I’m in a room with fellow Singaporeans, I’ll converse naturally in Singlish!

What is one spiritual change you envision to see in Singapore in the next 10 years?

I desire to see all churches coming together in genuine unity because I think Singapore will explode in church growth if that really happens. But even without that happening, I do believe God will bring elements together as He is doing now and we will have blessings and growth, but I don’t think it will ever be as powerful as it could be if we saw a genuine unity of churches. I believe very strongly in my heart that this year is bound to be a year of increase, we are going to see increase across the board in Singapore spiritually and that is going to keep increasing. So I’m expecting God to do something, somehow, whether through persecution or other ways, to draw all the churches together in genuine unity. Right now we have it in LoveSingapore but we don’t have it across the board. But we’re slowly seeing it happen in the Methodist, Anglican and Lutheran bishops – we’re seeing a unity among the leadership, which we have not seen it for many years.