Los Angeles

Los Angeles (洛杉磯) Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church

Samuel Young

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Dr. Paul Hwang Tse Ke (黃子克), his wife Thelma Wong (黃施素璧), and Alice Lam (林陳璧晶) were the gospel pioneers when they began evangelistic work in the Chinatown area and later conducted the services in Chinese at the White Memorial Church (懷氏紀念堂). In May 1960 Wallace Chan Woo Shang (陳湖生), father of Alice Lam, held a series of evangelistic meetings and baptized eleven new members. The Chinese congregation moved a few times. When they organized a Chinese church, with a charter members of twenty-four, on November 4, 1961, there were between 60 and 100 attendees. In 1966, they bought a building at its current address at 3000 West Ramona Road, Alhambra, CA 91803. Over the years the church grew by God’s grace and space became limited. A new building was erected next to the old church building, and the church moved to the new sanctuary in 1986. When Richard Liu (劉大同) was the pastor, the membership began to increase and there were 550 church members by 2002. As of October 11, 2012, the membership was 634. There are two Sabbath worship sessions, one being in Chinese and one in English. Its telephone is: (626) 284-3433. While Pastor Liu was the senior pastor, Willie Chuan (全文浩) was associate pastor. [He is now a pathologist after his study in Loma Linda University medical school.]

For fifty years Pastor Leong Wai Chow (梁惠舟) and his wife Sarah (李如玉) have shared in the growth and ministry of this church. Pastor Leong’s pastorate of the church began in the mid-1960s and through the late 1970s. It was during his pastorate, the church purchased the Alhambra property. During Pastor Richard Liu’s pastorate, the present sanctuary and Social Hall were built. During the pastorate of Pastor John Lu (呂俊明), the building cost was paid off. His ministry emphasized a devotional life, and that of Pastor Jonathan Foo (符運明) facilitated growth of new congregations. The ministry of interim Pastor Doris Foo (符黃有群) emphasized on prayer, and the present Pastor Gao Ming (高明) emphasizes the growing of Small Group Ministries. Besides the senior ministers, Ivan Loo (盧愛文) had been an associate pastor.