Temple City (天普市) Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church

Samuel Young

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The Chinese church at Temple City was founded by Abel Leung (梁家寅), Nathaniel Yen Yung Tse (顏榮哲), Richard Liu (劉大同), and James Chen Kwang Dek (陳廣德). They gathered Chinese Adventists from Los Angeles and other places. Initially they rented the facilities of the English-speaking congregation at 9664 E. Broadway, Temple City, CA 91740. Because over 2/3 of the local inhabitants are Chinese, it is easy to imagine that the Chinese congregation grows faster than the English one. As it turns out, the church expands into a predominantly Chinese congregation, with 90% of its members being Chinese. Now, the church evangelizes among intellectuals from Mainland China and it had about 40 members by 2002. In 2004 it rented the Presbyterian church facilities at 2733 South 10th Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006 and changed its name to San Gabriel Valley Chinese Seventh-day Adventist Church (聖谷華人教會). Its telephone is (626) 446-5161. By 2010 they are about 120 church members. Pastor Timothy Zhao (趙星帆) was the pastor since 2008. In 2015 he was called to be pastor of the Fremont Chinese Company. Whenever there is a need, Pastor Richard Liu is the interim pastor of the church. However, he has Dong Hui Ping (董慧萍) as the assistant pastor.