our history
The St. Louis Chinese Gospel Church (CGC) is a non-denominational, self-governing church, which strongly adheres to a biblical and evangelical theology. Weekly services are conducted in English and Chinese (i.e. Mandarin and Cantonese) with a joint service held on the first Sunday of each month.

In 1924, Miss A. Chiles, a retired missionary from China, returned to St. Louis and noticed that despite the growing Chinese population in St. Louis, there was little or no effort made to bring the Gospel to this unreached segment of the local population, particularly the women and young children. Paying little attention to her own poor health, Miss Chiles gathered together a few of the Chinese children and began a weekly Sunday School class. Due to Miss Chiles' devoted and faithful efforts together with the help of a few faithful American and Chinese Christians, the weekly classes began to grow and a Sunday worship service was started. From this simple beginning, the St. Louis Chinese Gospel Mission was formed.

As the church continued to grow and become self-sustaining, it became necessary to call a full-time pastor to lead the congregation. Rev. Fred Cheung, a youthful and dynamic graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary answered God's call and accepted the position in 1961. Through his teaching, preaching and devotion to God, a solid biblical foundation was established.

By God's grace, the church continued to grow, expand and mature. In 1968, the church was formally registered and was renamed the St. Louis Chinese Gospel Church. It was also at this time that Rev. Fred Cheung received God's call to serve as pastor of a church in Maryland. The Lord has faithfully provided dedicated men to lead CGC through the years:

  • Rev. Peter Lai (1969 - 1974)
  • Rev. Stephen Liang (1976 - 1980)
  • Rev. William Hsueh (1982 - 1996)
  • Youth Pastor John Peoples (1984 - 1988)
  • Assistant Pastor Gordon Yee (1994 - 2000)
  • Rev. David Cheung (2000 - 2003)
  • English Pastor Paul Fox (2001 - 2002)
  • Chinese Pastor Rev. Tar Timothy Chen (2004 - 2008)
  • English Pastor Timothy Robinson (2004 - 2009)
  • Chinese Pastor Dat Trieu (2009 - present)
  • English Pastor Benjamin Tzeng (2011 - present)

Through the years, it was also necessary for CGC to move to various locations to accommodate the growing congregation. In 1990, through the Lord's abundant provision, CGC purchased a piece of land in west St. Louis County and built the building in which it currently meets. CGC is currently undergoing a building expansion project and hopes to begin construction in the near future.

CGC has always been a missions-minded church. In 1964, the Faith Promise Offering was established and has continued to be a mainstay of CGC's missions program. CGC was one of the very few Chinese churches in North America to establish an overseas missions program and is proud of its continuing efforts to support those faithful men and women who continue to serve the Lord abroad. CGC has been blessed by being able to commission several missionaries from its own congregation and continues to support seven missionary families and individuals in Taiwan, Mexico, Macau, New Guinea, England and the United States, as well as a number of missionary and evangelical organizations.

Although CGC is an elder-ruled church, the Constitution and By-Laws provide that the church shall be self-governing with a republican form of government. In other words, the government of the church is vested in its membership but executed through the Board of Elders and Board of Deacons. The Board of Elders consists of the installed ruling elders together with the teaching elders (e.g. Pastors), and is charged with the primary responsibility of shepherding and maintaining the spiritual welfare of the church. The Board of Deacons are charged primarily with the temporal and day-to-day operations of the church. The Boards of Elders and Deacons are currently engaging in a revision of the Constitution and By-Laws to better meet the needs and concerns of the current membership.

CGC currently has over 170 communicant members with a weekly Sunday attendance of over 225. The make-up of the congregation has historically consisted primarily of American-born and overseas-born Chinese. Over the last decade, however, the congregation has become more and more diverse with membership and regular attendance from people of various backgrounds and cultures. Due to the different needs of its congregations, CGC felt it was necessary to have separate full-time pastors dedicated to leading the English and Chinese-speaking congregations. By God's grace, the church continues to commit itself to excellence in worship, teaching, caring and outreach so that people will come to know God and grow into spiritual maturity.

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