Directory of Members
St George's Church Flushing
Est. 1702 | The Rev. Paul Xie, Priest in Charge
St. George's Parish was founded in 1702 as a mission of the Church of England by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Services were conducted in the old Guard House until 1746 when the first church was built. In 1760, a certain "John Aspinwall, Gentleman" donated £600 for a steeple and bell. Notable persons associated with St. George's include Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who was a warden of the church from 1765 to 1790, and the Rev. Samuel Seabury, rector of St. George's from 1757 to 1765, who became the first bishop of the Episcopal Church in America. Today the church is an is an intercultural, multilingual Episcopal congregation in Flushing, Queens, New York City, with members from over twenty different nations of origin. A landmark church, it has served an ever-changing congregation for over 300 years. There are currently three language ministries at the church, serving parishioners in English, Mandarin, and Spanish. St. George’s has remained in close contact with the community by offering its space to the Chamber of Commerce and Garden of Hope, as well as developing its own St. Georges Food Pantry earlier in 2020.
Episcopal Church of Our Savior New York (East Coast)
Est. 1972 | The Rev. Dr. Rosalie Richards,
Priest in Charge
Episcopal Church of Our Savior began as a Mission Church of Trinity Church Wall Street. In 1972, The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. launched "Mission 72" .The Reverend Paul Tong developed a mission project in New York Chinatown. Besides providing pastoral care to the Chinese membership of the former St. Christopher's Chapel, the project sponsored several outreach programs to service the Chinese new immigrants, notably, the Chinatown Health Clinic and the Chinatown Manpower Project. In 1973, the late Reverend Albany To, our founding Rector was appointed Bishop's Vicar for Chinese Affairs to spearhead a new Chinatown Mission at 48 Henry Street. Today, that community center is the Afoo Jubilee Community Center. Home of Jubilee Enrichment and Mission Graphics.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
Est. 1983 | The Rev. Walter Lau, Priest in Charge
St. Gabriel’s was established as a church in June 1983 at Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California. St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church is to worship God, to proclaim the Gospel, to witness Christ in a community not defined by local geographical area, and because of its unique Chinese cultural heritage and background, to provide a bridging ministry in the name of the Lord. Today we worship in Cantonese and Mandarin.
We would love to have you join us in that calling as God’s people. Explore our website for more information.
Est. 2018 | The Rev. Peter Huang and Rev. Yein Kim
The Gathering - a space for Asian Pacific American spirituality - is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), many of whom identify as Chinese American or come from Chinese heritage. The Gathering was established in February 2018 as a "movable feast" - as we do not have a physical location but hold our gatherings at churches in our Diocese as well as online.
The Gathering seeks to provide opportunities for APA Christians to gather together to tell our stories, learn from one another, engage in initiatives for peace and social justice, and talk about spirituality in the APA context. APAs have often been invisible to our churches, whether in involvement or invitation. APAs are diverse. Some are recent immigrants with documents or without, others have been Americans for many generations; from East, South, Southeast, and Western Asia, as well as the islands of the Pacific; many are intermarried within Asian ethnic groups as well to people from other races. The Gathering is a space for all of this diversity.
We also welcome non-APAs to join us, to learn about our spirituality and to take concrete steps to grow the multicultural church. And you don’t have to be Episcopalian! We welcome seekers, people from other denominations and faith traditions to share this space and all that will emerge from it.
Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
The Rev. Merry Chan Ong, Rector
While the 1906 San Francisco fire wrought destruction, it may be said that its fiery glow spreading across the bay performed a dual task in forging a little store into a mission. It was at this time that the Deaconess Emma Drant followed the homeless across the bay and set up the Oakland extension of True Sunshine Mission. The Mission returned to the Oakland Chinese community in June 1970, using temporary rental facilities at 1011 Harrison Street. The entire building was purchased by the Mission in December 1971. On December 6, 1974, the Mission was admitted as a parish in union at the 125th Diocesan Convention. With the addition of the masonry building at 1013 Harrison Street, on February 8, 1986, the new chapel was dedicated. In 2008, after serving 23 years with Our Saviour, The Rev. Dr. Gordon Lau retired. After one and a half years of searching, the Church has called The Rev. Merry Chan Ong to be our first female rector. With God’s grace and love, we will continue to serve the Chinese community as our forefathers had envisioned over a century ago.
Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Hacienda Heights (West Coast)
Est. 1963 | The Rev. Dr. Fennie Hsin-Fen Chang, Vicar
St. Thomas was started by a small group of Episcopalians who had a dream to build a church in Hacienda Heights in the early 1960’s. As time went by, with more and more Asian population, especially mainland Chinese, moving into the neighborhood, St. Thomas began to open its door to new immigrants, and has since become multicultural Christian faith community, mainly consisting of Anglos, Filipinos, and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Besides, St. Thomas has remained a close relationship with her neighbors by offering space and opportunities for community service. If interested, please check out our website: http://www.stthomashh.com/ for more information.
True Sunshine Episcopal Church
Est. 1905 | The Rev. Joshua C.F. Ng, Rector
True Sunshine Church has been in the Chinese community for 115 years. Because the Chinese community in San Francisco has always been one of immigrants and their offsprings, it has the particular needs of people and families in a strange land. Adaptation and making a living are tasks certainly made more difficult by having to learn a new language, new customs, and culture. Evangelism among such people, bringing them the Christian message of salvation through works of love has been and will always be the mandate of True Sunshine. Being almost right in the heart of the Chinese community, the parish faces all the hard challenges of an inner-city church; however, that’s where all the action is. The history of True Sunshine tells the story of these challenges and how they were met. It is a rich missionary field and the harvest can be plentiful.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Est. 1914 | The Rev. Diane Martinson, Rector
St. Peter's Church is a community of faith within the Episcopal and Anglican tradition. The founding families of St. Peter's arrived on Oahu by way of Kohala on the Big Island as Christian families from China. The congregation, founded in 1887 as the first Chinese church in the Anglican communion of Honolulu, met at stores and at the Pro-Cathedral on the Cathedral grounds until its size demanded a building of its own. In 1914, the current church building was completed. While St. Peter's is one of the oldest historically Chinese congregations within the Episcopal church, history and demographics have transformed St. Peter's along with the rest of Hawaiʻi. While remembering and honoring its Hakka Chinese heritage and founders, today the community represents the diversity of cultures and ethnicities of Honolulu and Hawaiʻi.