A PASTOR WITH A PASSION FOR PEOPLE
Written by: Shanice Pillay
A local pastor and entrepreneur has made history in Chatsworth, by becoming the first pastor to build an old age home for the community.
Dr Paul Lutchman, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Christian Revival Centre (CRC) has dedicated his life to serving the community. The former businessman gave up his successful life to enter the ministry full time.
“My heart and passion has always been to serve people. I have started this ministry to serve the community and I strongly believe in saving the lost at any cost,” said Lutchman.
Most recently, he opened the CRC Old Age Home. The home is situated in Malvern on an acre of land comprising of ten bedrooms, lounge, kitchen dinning and even a swimming pool area. The place of leisure has been built in commemoration of our four fathers arriving in South Africa.
“The Old Age Home was built as remembrance which marks 150 years since our four fathers came to South Africa. I felt that we should celebrate this achievement which highlights this trademark,” explained Lutchman.
Lutchman, a father of three and a grandfather to four grandsons, enjoys spending time with his family and is grateful to them for standing by him all the years in building the ministry.
“All I want is for my family to continue the legacy that I have built, and they must do much more than I accomplished in my years of being pastor,” he said.
Lutchman, who is always kept abreast with current affairs and economics, believes that one can never stop learning. He chartered Kingsword Academy, a Christian school which caters from grade zero to seven. Students have excelled academically and in sports. His educational interests did not stop there. Every year Lutchman hosts CRC Achiever Awards, whereby students who obtain an A aggregate from grades one to twelve receive a monetary incentive.
“The awards are held on an annual basis. It is done to empower other youth and children to aim higher and to do well.
“I want them to study and become successful and greater than our generation is today,” said Lutchman.
Even though he has retired from the world of business, he still owns various properties around Durban. He latched onto the property sector and believes “cash is king”. One of the recent acquisitions that has been launched is the CRC Premier Resort. The premier resort is positioned in Amamzimtoti, close to the beach and all amenities it is an ideal getaway, for vacation and weekend seminars. The atmosphere of the location makes this a much sought after resort.
Lutchman has organised to provide free basic healthcare to the community, he has acquired help from local GP Dr Ashley Hammond, who has arranged a team of medical personals who will help with the administering of tests. The team has medical professionals who take off to help the community.
The CRC Mobile Medical Clinic administers glucose, blood pressure, eye and even audiology tests once a month in surrounding areas.
Ruth Moonsamy, member of CRC for the past ten years says Dr Paul has catered for their needs and is deeply grateful.
“The mobile clinic is convenient and it comes right to the church and provides basic medical care free of charge it helps with cutting the long queue at the hospital we are so happy about this,” said Moonsamy.
One of the successful recipients of the CRC achiever awards, Kimone Naidoo from Asoka Secondary School says that the money will help her pay off her college fees.
“I will use the money I got from the awards is saved towards my career of becoming a chartered accountant,” she said.
The entrepreneur has achieved much more than serving the community but has also released ten novels, one of them being the famous read titled “The quest for justice since 1860”. The novel speaks about life of the Indian community since they have arrived in South Africa and how they have overcome the struggles of apartheid.
CRC is a brand on its own which is an international trend setter which has been built and pioneered by Lutchman himself. Sub branches of CRC are all over South Africa and even in the island of Mauritius. He hopes his ministry will grow and reach the lost at any cost.