History of Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park
What does it mean for an organization to have a 100-year old plus history?   Are you not amazed at the church longevity and wonder what it means to all of us?  The history of 100-years plus is a very long time.   A brief description of events from 1908 to present helps us appreciate the century period of the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park.    
  • In 1908 Reverend George Hilton opened the Church of the Brethren Chinese Mission at Bethany Seminary on Hastings Street in Chicago.  Moy Wing was the first member baptized.
  • In 1913 the church moved to Bethany Seminary in Garfield Park.
  • In 1915, Dr. Elgin Moyer joined the Chinese Mission to establish a Chinese Sunday School. Dr. Moyer was involved in the Chinese Mission for over 55 years until he retired and moved to Florida in 1970.
  • A young Chinese gentleman, Moy Gwong accepted Christ and was baptized in 1910. He was the first Chinese missionary commissioned by the mission board of Brethren Church to minister in South China (Duan Fan, Tai Shan) in 1923.  He served there until he was called home to be with the Lord in 1950.
  • In 1950 Ms. Hilda Stauffer taught Chinese Sunday school for 22 years.
  • In 1957 the Chinese Church of Brethren opened and Rev. Calvin Lee was called to pastor the first Chinese congregation.
  • In 1959 Rev. Phillip Loh led the church.
  • The church move to St. John United Methodist church in Oak Park in 1967.
  • In 1969, August, Rev. Timothy Fung is called to minister the congregation.
  • A building fund was established in 1971 and the church was incorporated in the State of Illinois as an independent evangelical church as the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park in 1973.
  • In 1977 the first Mission's Conference was held.
  • By God’s grace, we moved into the present church building on Ridgeland Avenue in 1979.
  • In 1983 Rev. Jeff Louie became the first full-time English pastor.
  • In 1997 Rev. Jon Ro starts the small groups ministry.
  • In 2003 Rev. Raj Christodoss becomes the English pastor.
  • In 2004 Rev. Yoman Man becomes the Sr. Pastor and Cantonese pastor.
  • After serving at Chinese Bible Church for 35 years Pastor Timothy Fung officially retires in January 2005.
  • From 2007-2009 a short term missions team travels to Taiwan and China holding various summer camps for children/youths.
  • In 2008 the church celebrates its 100th year anniversary.
  • In 2009 a Mandarin service begins and Pastor David Pan is called to become the Mandarin pastor.
  • In 2009 Pastor Mark Brunke is hired to be the youth and children's pastor.
  • In 2011 a building fund is established as membership grows with God's blessings.