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Celebrating a Legacy of Faith and Love

With a heart full of gratitude, I honour the memory of Pastor David Selvan, an extraordinary man of God, a naval veteran, and a dear mentor. Meeting Pastor David when he led the church in Borivali, Mumbai, was a divine appointment. His passion for worship and meticulous attention to detail reflected his deep love for the Lord. As a devoted husband to Debra and a loving father to Anna, Arpana, and later Jonathan, his family life was a testament to his faith.


When he became the Pastor of Bombay Baptist Church Colaba, I had the privilege of being ministered to and guided by him. His mentorship continued when our paths crossed again at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, where he served as Pastor of Union Church in Coonoor. Amidst intense training and activities, his spiritual guidance was a profound blessing.

In the second phase of my life, Pastor David played a pivotal role as a spiritual parent to Vineeta, and he officiated our wedding in 2015. His love and care as a shepherd to us were unmatched. Throughout the years, he remained a great encourager and friend.

Pastor David epitomised great passion for the Lord, coupled with meticulous and diligent attention to detail. His briefings were thorough, ensuring complete understanding and success. His eye for detail, likely honed by his naval background, was evident in his ministry. He demonstrated great love for both God and people, carrying his diligence into every aspect of his work.

A passionate worshipper skilled in multiple instruments, Pastor David was dedicated to worship. His anecdotes and illustrations were deeply rooted in scriptures, and he went to great lengths to find the right example. His heart of compassion and steadfastness in values made him a remarkable pastor and spiritual parent to many.

Personally, he was a great encourager during turbulent times in my life, blending professional brilliance with heartfelt support. His excellence in everything he undertook was beyond compare. Though I will miss him dearly, I find solace in knowing he is beyond the pain he endured in his battle with cancer and that we will one day meet again on the other side of the river.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day." Pastor David has fought the good fight and finished his race. We look forward to the day we will reunite in the presence of our Lord.

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