A brief history of the
the Windsor Chinese Baptist Church
By His wonderful grace and faithfulness, God led the Windsor Chinese Baptist
Church (WCBC) throughout its history.
In 1975, leaders of the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church (TCBC) saw the need
of the Gospel for a group of Chinese living in Windsor, 400 km south of
Toronto. After much prayers and discussions with a group of dedicated
believers in Windsor, TCBC decided to plant a church there under the
guidance of our Lord. Temple Baptist Church generously rented their church
building to us as a meeting place. Windsor Chinese Baptist Church held their
first Sunday worship in the afternoon of October 5, 1975. We used this place
to worship and serve God until 1992.
Ever since the beginning, our church provided Chinese classes to provide
Chinese education to the next generation. This ministry became a medium to
reach immigrants, thus, expanded the work of local evangelization.
During the years 1976-1982, overseas Chinese students flocked to Canada for
higher education. Our church attendance increased from several dozens to
over 130. Eighty percent of them were college and high school students.
During these years, God gave us the opportunity to evangelize a lot of
students. They served enthusiastically in various church ministries, thus,
enabling them to be witnesses and workers of the Lord wherever they go after
Through our church, we nurtured a number of brothers and sisters who
dedicated their lives to full-time ministry of the Lord. They include: Rev.
and Mrs. Philip and Frieda Yung, Christina Chung (wife of Rev. John Wong),
Rev. and Mrs. John and Karen Loh, Rev. Kenneth Tam, Rev. Edward To, Rev. Eva
Watt, missionary Polly Chan and Pastor Nancy Law.
There are also other brothers and sisters who served in Christian
organizations such as Bill Chung (Tien Dao) and Amy Kwong Li (CCOWE).
In 1982, God gave us the vision of having our own building of worship. We
initiated the church building plan and the collection of building fund.
From 1983 to 1984, the number of students studying in Windsor continued to
decrease. Hence, the proportion of young people and adults in the church
became more even.
We started our first Missionary Conference in 1985 to promote missions work.
Since then, we have supported eleven missionaries, evangelizing in Hong
Kong, Canada, Central America, South America, Africa, the Philippines,
Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, to make disciples of all nations,
From 1975 to 1998, we received pastoral care from different ministers,
including Rev. Gaspard Lam, Rev. Timothy Tam, Rev. John Loh, Pastor
Christopher Chung, Ms. Stella Tsang, Rev. Kin Hung Tse, and Rev. Joshua Ng.
During this period, Rev. Andrew Wong and the deacon team of the Toronto
Chinese Baptist Church also gave us a lot of help, support and guidance. We
offer our sincere thanks to them.
In 1992, under the leadership of our Lord, we purchased the old site of the
United Church on University Street West without any debt. On July 19 of the
same year, we held the first Sunday worship in this new church site. The
dedication ceremony was held on September 26. Many brothers and sisters who
had left also came back from all parts of the world to participate in the
celebration. About 300 people gathered together to sing with us "Glory to
In October of 1995, our church officially became independent.
In recent years, many foreign students and immigrants from mainland China
came to this city. The Mandarin fellowship started to suit their needs. The
worship service on Sundays was also conducted in both Cantonese and
Mandarin. At the same time, the English worship was established.
May all the honour, glory, and praise be given to our heavenly Father!
Deacon Wai Fung