Columbia Chinese Baptist Church

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith.  Our church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963 and updated in 2000.  We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind.  The ordinances of the church are baptism and Lord's Supper.

Church Functions

Worship is the Christian lifestyle, Fellowship connects the body of Christ, Discipleship helps us to grow in the likeness of Jesus, Ministry helps us to mature in Christ, and Mission is the Great Commission from Jesus to make disciples of all nations. These five functions of church are made possible by the life changing power of Jesus Christ.

Church History

Columbia Chinese Baptist Church (CCBC) is the first Chinese church in Columbia and Ellicott City areas, Maryland. Our church began to meet in the early eighties and was officially incorporated in 1992. CCBC is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association.

In 1980, Rev. Stephen Chow of the Maryland Chinese Baptist Church in College Park, Maryland received mission funding from the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and came to Columbia to start a mission church for the Chinese community. The church was based on the then existent Chinese Bible study group in Columbia, which consisted of about 10 Chinese families. The name of church was Columbia Chinese Baptist Mission and was under the guidance of the Columbia Baptist Fellowship in Oakland Mills Village Center. At that time, there were only 10 to 15 members. We met every Sunday afternoon in the Oakland Mills Meeting House then we moved to the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. This was the beginning of CCBC.

In late 1980, Rev. James Wang became the first full time pastor for CCBC. Under Rev. Wang's leadership, the church began to grow, moved to the Dasher Green Community Center and started Sunday morning worship. In 1992, the church was officially incorporated and became independent. The church elected deacons and church membership exceeded 100 for the first time.

Rev. Wang retired in 1992 and was succeeded by Rev. Paul Tong. In summer 1995, the church outgrew the facility in Dasher Green Community Center and moved to Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City. Bethel Baptist Church, which is also a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, graciously shared their facility with us till we moved in 2002.

In 1996, the church felt the need of ministry to the Cantonese speaking Chinese, applied for mission funding to the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and started a new Cantonese Ministry. Rev. David Tsang served as the pastor for this ministry.

In early 1997, Rev. Tong received calling to become a missionary to Southeast Asia, especially in China and Hong Kong regions. From September 1997 to May 1998, Rev. Tsang served as pastor till he moved to minister in New York City. Rev. Andrew Shen, a retired pastor from Maryland Chinese Baptist Church, become interim pastor.

In July 1998, Mrs. Kim Bradley joined us as the Youth Program counselor for the youth group. She served God and CCBC especially the Youth Fellowship wholeheartedly till she left in October 2002.

Rev. Shao-Chung Ting became our full-time pastor in December 1999. Under Rev. Ting's strong leadership, CCBC purchased the current facility with over 6 acres of land as our permanent home. In May 2002, Rev. Ting resigned in response to a higher calling to Fort Worth, Texas.

Rev. Hsiang-Lieh Stephen Chu served as full-time pastor from August 2002 till July 2004 when his family decided to move out of the States.

Rev. John Hallis accepted the calling to become English Minister in July 2005. In November 2006, Rev. Earl Ridgell succeeded Rev. Hallis to become the new English Minister.

On January 1, 2009, Brother Shunping Li answered God's calling and was ordained on May 30th, 2009 to become our Chinese pastor. Pastor Li left after his term expired on June 30, 2011.

Columbia Chinese Baptist Church serves the spiritual needs of the Chinese community in Columbia and Ellicott City areas. Members of CCBC are from very diverse backgrounds but enjoy unity in Spirit through serving Lord together with all our heart, with all our strength and with all our mind. We welcome everyone who seeks to know Jesus Christ more and we sincerely hope you will stay and take us as your spiritual home.

If you have any questions about our church, please feel free to contact us at 5005 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

 

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