Archive for the ‘DTC History’ Category

Farewell to the Coordinator, A. Annamaney

August 8, 2012

After 20 years in the ministry for people with intellectual challenges, Annamaney Arumanayagam, pioneer staff of St. Paul’s Day Training Centre, said goodbye to trainees, parents, volunteers and staff.

In 1992, Annam was employed as Malaysian Care staff seconded to St. Paul’s Day Training Centre to start the DTC.  After 6 months of training and preparation, St. Paul’s Day Training Centre was launched.

On Sunday, 22 July, 2012, St. Paul’s Church gave an appreciation breakfast for her.  On her last day, Tuesday, 31 July 2012, Annam hosted a “Thank You and Farewell Lunch for trainees, parents, volunteers and collegues.

DTC Staff & Volunteers’ Commissioning, 23 May 2010

July 14, 2010

The DTC Staff, Volunteers and Committee members are commissioned in church during the main service

Historic Photos

July 31, 2009

Launching of St. Paul's DTC, 8 May 1993Launching of St. Paul’s DTC by Bishhop John Savarimuthu on 8 May, 1993

DTC Group 2 first trainees DTC Group 2 first trainees – 1995

DTC Graduations

July 31, 2009

1st DTC Graduation 19951st Graduation 1995

2nd DTC Graduation 1997 2nd Graduation 1997

3rd DTC Graduation 1999 3rd Graduation 1999

4th DTC Graduation 2001 4th DTC Graduation 2001

5th DTC Graduation 2003 5th Graduation 2003 with Bishop Lim Cheng Ean (10th Anniversary)

 6th Graduation 2005

    7th Graduation 2007

  8th Graduation 2009

9th Graduation 2012


DTC Graduation 2009

July 23, 2009
Abhilash graduates

Abhilash graduates

Lok Ken Hoe
Lok Ken Hoe
Ratna Tilaka Gervaratnam

Ratna Tilaka Gervaratnam

Sethurajan receives his certificate

Sethurajan receives his certificate

Commissioning of staff

Commissioning of staff

prayer for staff

prayer for staff

Mary's Graduation

Mary's Graduation

Ang Tiong Hwa
Ang Tiong Hwa
Lara Annette Toh

Lara Annette Toh

Esther Moo helping Peter with the message
Esther Moo helping Peter with the message
Daniel Lee graduates

Daniel Lee graduatesRev. Peter Young

The 16th anniversary of the DTC was celebrated during the 9.00 am service at St. Paul’s Church.

7  trainees “graduated” after completing a 2 year term.   Sethurajan, who missed his Graduation, received his certificate as well.   and Ven.Canon Eddie Ong gave out the certificates.  Mary Lim received her certificate from Rev. Luke Ooi on the following Wednesday.

Revd. Peter Young shared the message for the day and he use Esther Moo to help.

Another great joy on that day was the baptism of Eddy Toh Yew Chin, one of our pioneer graduates of 1995.

Eddy and sponsors - David Tan and Inbam Solomon

Eddy and sponsors - David Tan and Inbam SolomonEddy's Baptism

DTC History

May 10, 2008




Prior  to 1991,  Revd. Peter Young (former Vicar of St. Paul’s and former Executive Director of Malaysian Care), had bemoaned the under-utilization of St. Paul’s Church Hall.  He mooted the idea of using the hall for a caring ministry.  Finally, in 1991, at  a Caring Seminar organized by the St. Paul’s Women’s Fellowship, (where Revd. Young was the Moderator), a mother of  an intellectually challenged child made a heart-felt  appeal for help. 

Following this, the Church PCC approved the starting of St. Paul’s DTC.  Malaysian Care was happy to help train and set up the DTC.


Ø  May 8, 1993 – In  partnership with Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s Day Training Centre for intellectually challenged persons was officially launched and dedicated by the late Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Revd. Tan Sri J.G. Savarimuthu.  

DTC Group 1 – The 1st batch comprised 12 trainees with mild learning disabilities who were  trained for 2 years.  The staff team was 2 teachers and a small group of enthusiastic and committed volunteers


Ø  October 1994St. Paul’s Social Club was started for persons with moderate intellectual disabilities. This Club meets monthly  for social activities and outings.


Ø  July, 1995DTC Group 2 for those with severe learning disabilities was started. 


Ø  January 28, 1996 – Prompted by Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s DTC expanded its services to provide Early Intervention to pre-school children (ages 2 – 6). Malaysian Care again assisted in the training of staff and setting up of the Centre. 

Bethel EIC, together with Bethel Centre was officially opened and dedicated by the Rt.

Revd.  Tan Sri Dr. Lim Cheng Ean. 


Ø  1997 – Again, in partnership with Malaysian Care, St. Paul’s DTC began Employment Support  to its ex-trainees and trainees on employment placement.


Ø  August, 2006 – The  DTC Workshop was started for trainees who were unable to work in the open market.  The first projects were card-making and jewellery.


Ø  22 February, 2008 – Under the DTC Worshop, the Tabgha Training Café opened its doors to a small clientele of 7 at the Coffee Terrace of Dewan St. Paul.  Presently, the Café serves lunch once a week, on Tuesdays.



We thank God that the DTC has been able to reach many who may otherwise never enter a church.

Since its formation 15 years ago, many have been led to Christ, including 2 families who have been baptized – a single mother and her 2 children at  Bethel Centre and a family of 4 at St. Paul’s. 

In the time that they were trainees at the DTC, 7 young persons have been baptized in various churches:

Felicia Fang & Chang Kok Woei – St. Paul’s, PJ

Leong Swee Lin – All Saints’, Cheras

Christina Yeoh Chor Keen – Full Gospel Assembly, KL

Anthony Tan – Imbi Road Chapel, KL

Natasha Dunford – SS Methodist Church, PJ

Eugene Lau – Life Chapel, PJ


On 26 December, 2004, we rejoiced when Irene Tai, a volunteer, was baptized.  We pray that she is the first of many volunteers who will come to the Lord through this ministry.


The DTC has seen God’s hand in its ministry and His provision for all its needs.


April, 2008