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Chinese fellowship event precedes 2020 biennial

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) — Strengthening churches, encouraging church plants and supporting pastors and their families are continuing priorities as Chinese Baptists hold an informal fellowship June 11 in Birmingham, Ala.

The Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the United States and Canada (CBF) will gather from 3-7 p.m. in Forum Room E on Level 2 of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, the fellowship’s Executive Director Amos Lee announced. The gathering is scheduled in conjunction with the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 11-12 in Birmingham.

Representing about 325 churches in the U.S. and Canada, the fellowship conducts official business in biennial sessions, the next scheduled Sept. 28–Oct. 2, 2020, at Crosspoint Church of Silicon Valley in Milpitas, Calif.

Long focused on church planting, Chinese Baptists have celebrated two new church plants in the U.S. this year. Dublin Baptist Chinese Church, which held its inaugural worship service Jan. 6, is the first Chinese Baptist church in Metropolitan Columbus, Ohio, the fellowship said in the February 2019 issue of its Newslink newsletter. Joshua Li is founding pastor.

First Chinese Baptist Church of Rancho, in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., held its inaugural worship service Jan. 19, Newslink reported. The sponsoring church, First Chinese Baptist Church in San Gabriel, Calif., itself began as a church plant and became autonomous in 2017. The San Gabriel pastor early established church planting as a priority, Newslink reported.

Current fellowship officers are president Benny Wong, pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church, Los Angeles; vice president Alan Chan, pastor of Mandarin Baptist Church, Los Angeles; vice president Peter Liu, pastor of Chinese Christian Church of Greater Jackson, Jackson, Miss.; vice president Jack Yuen, pastor of Richmond Hills Chinese Baptist Church, Ontario, Canada; secretary Andrew Tong, pastor of Hawaii Chinese Baptist Church, Honolulu, Hawaii; treasurer Howard Li, pastor of Trust in God Baptist Church, New York; financial secretary Jady Lo, a deacon at Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church, British Columbia, Canada; and English/next generation ministry leader, retired pastor William Eng.