HISTORY 歷史

Church History

In the early 1970’s, a group of Chinese Christians in the Greater Hartford area met regularly for Bible study and fellowship. In May of 1977, under the guidance of our Lord God, we started the Sunday Worship Service using Mandarin and Cantonese at the chapel of First Baptist Church of West Hartford. Rev. and Mrs. Charles Kwok of the Calvary Baptist Church in New Haven came to West Hartford every Sunday to assist and to preach. At the time, there were about 15-20 people participating every week.

Since the Church was growing, in 1981, we officially organized and named ourselves “The Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford”. In 1983, the Church had its first full-time pastor Mr. Paul Wong leading the worship service, and biblical teaching as well as providing pastoral care to the congregation. Rev. Wong, ordained in 1988, stayed with the Church until 1996. By that time, the Church had grown to about 100 people. In addition to the Sunday Worship Service, other activities such as Bible study, choir, women’s fellowship, monthly family meetings at member’s home, prayer meeting, and luncheon were all started. Youth Groups on Friday nights were also started under the leadership of Victor Liang and Barry Luke. The Church is also actively participating in the annual summer retreat joining other Chinese Christian churches in Southern New England.

The English ministry formally started in 1992 when a group of high school students at CBCGH felt a calling to gather together to study the bible. This bible study started with 3 people and has grown to be what became known as the youth group. The weekly studying of God’s word has served as a solid foundation over the years on which to base other ministries such as hosting the New England Chinese Christian Conference, praise nights and other activities. In March of 1999, an English speaking worship service was started. This worship service originated out of a growing need for the youth group of the church to worship in a language that was most natural to them. The English worship service flourished under the guidance of Mr. Victor Liang who was appointed as Assistant Pastor, and a core group of servants who worked along side of him to provide services such as praise and worship, ushering, Sunday School etc. Since then the group has grown tremendously and is now the hosts about 75 attendees every Sunday morning ranging from middle school, college, young adults and families.

The Young Professionals group was started in 2001 as a growing number of college graduates began to appear on the scene in the Hartford area and needed a place for fellowship and teaching. In 2010 the Young Families group was formed as more couples began to have children,

In late 2002, CBCGH was happy to welcome its first English pastor, Tim West and his wife Liz, to serve and to lead this body of Christ as God continues to unravel His sovereign plan. Between 2008 and 2013, Pastor Francis Yung ministered to the Cantonese congregation and was succeeded by Rev. Terry Fung in 2014. Beginning 2006, the Mandarin congregation began its ministry. Pastor HaoHsin Huang ministered to that congregation between 2011 and 2014. Pastor Kaiyuan Ger has been ministering to the Mandarin congregation since the beginning of 2015.

 

教會歷史

一九七十年代初期在哈城附近的華人基督徒,由於渴慕神的話,也需要多與基督徒有經常的聯繫、開始了定期性的查經聚會。一九七七年五月起,在神的引領下,新港加略山浸信會華人牧師郭經緯牧師夫婦開始在我們中間主領主日崇拜。地點是借在西哈城的第一浸信會副堂,當時聚會人數約有十餘人至廾餘人。

一九八一年,由於人數增加,為了便於治理『康州哈城華人浸信會』正式成立。兩年後(一九八三)請到黃家麒為專職傳道,負起教導的責任, 帶動全教會一齊推展聖工。一九九六年,黃牧師離開,教會改聘陳啟猷牧師牧會。此時教會己增至百餘人,青少年事工也在梁惠國及陸灼平兩位弟兄推動下開始。 一九九九年起,開始了英語堂崇拜,由梁惠國傳道主持,與華語崇拜同時舉行。二千零二年,梁傳道離開,教會改聘魏提摩太為專職傳道。 二千零八年至二千一三年翁一恩傳道為粤語堂牧者。二千一四年起馮嘉樂牧師為粤語堂牧者。二千零六年國語堂開始聚會。黄浩新牧師於二千一一年至二千一四年為國語堂牧者。葛開元傳道於二千一五年接任國語堂牧者。

目前除了主日崇拜之外,教會也有許多其他各種定期及不定期的活動。定期的有主日上午的主日學,詩班及週三禱告會,週五的成人及兒童查經, 青年團契活動,常青團契及家庭聚會。每月一次的姊妹會。不定期的有傳褔音聚會,宣道年會,音樂會等等。教會也積極的与其他華人教會一齊參加每年一次的美東北區基督徒退修會。