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David Tan

Managing Director of brave.is

 

Having spent most of his career as an auditor in Australia, David sees the role of business and governance as an integral part of everyday Kingdom life. He has volunteered in various church leadership capacities for over 15 years.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born and grew up in Singapore, but moved to Australia for 13 years where I completed my university degree and worked in a Chartered Accounting firm. I moved back to Singapore, where my parents stay, at the end of 2017 feeling that there was more for me to learn from my earthly father, in my own season of being a new father. I currently work in an accounting practice named “Breindel”, the Hebrew name for blessing.

I have been married for 10 years, and we have 3 children aged 6 years to 6 months old – one boy and 2 girls.

As both a relational and analytical person, I’ve always been a big supporter of local church life. I accepted Jesus at the age of 6 after attending a Good Friday church concert. I grappled with my belief in God as a teenager, where I eventually truly became a Christian. I have served as a small group and youth leader, creative arts (worship) director, and on my local church’s Vision Team, all at various stages of my journey.

How did you get involved with brave.is?

I’ve always loved the website humansofnewyork.com – I enjoy “binge-reading” the stories showcasing how colourful the human race is. I have a deep appreciation for seeing the manifestations of people embracing their unique identities.

I met Daniel (the founder of Brave) in the months leading up to my return to Singapore (from Australia), and we connected over our shared interest and value in building the wider Kingdom.

I was involved in early editions of “Champions” with Daniel, an annual publication of significant Kingdom stories. This eventually led to the online platform of Brave.

What was the bravest thing you’ve had to do?

The bravest decision I’ve made was uprooting my wife and family, and moving back to Singapore from Australia. I was engaged in a purposeful life in Brisbane at the time. Yet, I felt that there was a new season that we as a family were being taken into.

The move was initiated by a single revelation, that as a father, I still was a son. I felt that I had not gleaned everything there was to glean from my earthly father, who was in Singapore. Some things cannot be taught, they must be caught. So here we are now, with maximum opportunity to learn from my father.

What are 3 things people don’t know about you?

1.) I lived in the US for 2 years with my family as an 8 year old. My Dad had been posted to the state of Virginia for work, and we all followed him. I adopted a strong American accent going to public school there, but I promptly dropped it when we left the country.

2.) I fractured the fifth metatarsal of my left foot while playing futsal in university. It is a bone that was made famous when David Beckham broke it.

3.) I learnt to play the Baritone (a smaller version of the Tuba) as a teenager in the Boys’ Brigade marching band. To this day, I wonder if I should have opted to learn the Scottish bagpipes instead.

For more from David, read his views on finding purpose in the marketplace at the link below:

4 Different Views on Finding Purpose

YOU ARE BRAVE.