WSCCC was established in 1978 as a branch of the Chinese Christian Church (CCC), Milsons Point. It was only the third Chinese church in Sydney, and was set up with the vision to reach out with the gospel of Jesus to the inner western suburbs. Five families, including twelve children, set out to form the congregation, meeting for the first year in the Burwood Gospel Chapel.
Growth at Strathfield
The church moved to the first of its current premises at Strathfield in 1979, and became independent of its mother church in 1982. Over the following years, Cantonese, Mandarin and English services developed, and currently there are six separate services each Sunday.
The first English service began in 1983, along with its Youth Fellowship. The English congregation has had a rich heritage of evangelical teaching from the Bible throughout its history. We have had numerous ministers in our history: Revs Wilfred Chee, Joe Mock, Bruce Dipple, Edison Wee, Mark Boyley and Ariel Kurilowicz. Even during periods without a full-time minister, there was great growth, with strong support from the staff of Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). An evening English service was started in 1991, which eventually led to the planting of the English congregation in Croydon Park.
Planting of new churches
In keeping with our vision to reach out with the gospel to different parts of Sydney, WSCCC has established 3 church plants over the years, in the Hills District, Auburn and a Cantonese congregation in Croydon Park.
A tradition of serving in ministry
WSCCC has had a strong tradition of theological training and serving in ministry. This has been through training courses as well as theological colleges. Many from our congregation have become ministers, such as (this list is not exhaustive):
- Desmond Chan – Hebron Chinese Alliance Church
- Duncan Chang – was at North Shore Community Christian Church Sydney now Gordon Baptist Church
- Sarah Cheng – St Andrew’s Cathedral – part time
- Ernest Chiang, pastor at Chinese Methodist Church, Australia
- Andy Chung – Berala Anglican
- Alistair Chiu – was at Hurstville Anglican now going to Hong Kong
- Jeremy King – Christ Church St Ives
- Andrew Ku – Gracepoint pastor – honorary
- Elim Hiu, pastor at Christ Evangelical Church, Australia
- Andrew Hong, minister at North Side Chinese Alliance Church
- Eugene Hor, minister at Gracepoint
- Peter Hughes – Gracepoint youth worker – part time
- Aaron Koh, was at Chinese & Australian Baptist Church, West Ryde, now Taiwan
- Steve Mannyx, Penrith Presbyterian Church
- Tom Tokura, Chinese Christian Church, Milson’s Point
- Brian Tung, minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood
- Andrew Wong, was at WSCCC now Japan
- Iru Wongso – Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church
- Donald Yee, pastor at OCM Boon Church, Flushing, New York
- Isaac Yick
- David Yu – Wahroonga Presbyterian
- David Zhang – Auburn Anglican
- Andy Chung – was Cumberland Campus now pastoral ministry
- Cynthia Isley – Student Life
- Du Vinh Nham – presently sick and recovering
- Helen Yu/King – Melbourne
- Miriam Wu/Mak – assistant chaplain at Meridan
- Li Ling Tan – Burwood Girls High
Overseas cross-cultural ministry
- Anna Mak/Powell and Morgan – with SIM in Latin America
- Evelyn Lee/Tan and Leon – with OMF in Singapore
Many others continue in theological training and ministry in many churches across Sydney. There is also a healthy culture of the general congregation training in lay ministries.
We are also blessed to have an academic theological ethos, with several members of our congregation becoming lecturers at Bible colleges:
- Sam Chan teaches Preaching and Theology at SMBC
- Rolf Lepelaar teaches Bible and ministry at Phnom Penh Bible College, Cambodia
- Pete Lau taught Old Testament at SMBC, and now at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Seramban.
We have also had a strong emphasis on global missions, with several families nurtured and sent from our congregation, including:
- Phil and Irene Nicholson (in Taiwan with OMF)
- Lawrence and Liling Tan (were in Bolivia with SIM, now in Sydney)
- Rolf and Bonnie Lepelaar (in Cambodia with CMS)
- Wayne and Angela Chen (in Taiwan with OMF)
- Pete & Kat Lau (in Malaysia with OMF)
- Alex and Naomi Fung (going soon with OMF to Japan)
- Bian Tan (previously served in Spain with WEC, died in the 2009 Victorian bushfires at the WEC Betel centre)
- Angie Shum (working in relief and development with SIMaid)
- Jacqui Ng (in Taiwan with OMF)
- Andrew and Joanna Wong (in Japan with OMF)
- Aaron and Amy Koh (in Taiwan with OMF)
Many from our congregation have undertaken short-term missions around the world including trips to Central Asia, Ethiopia, Kenya, East Asia, Bolivia and Taiwan.