The root of Chinese Grace Bible Church dates back to Frank Fung while he was attending college to become a chemical engineer. By faith, he put his trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior. Soon afterwards he married Beatrice Chong to be his beloved wife and helper in his Gospel ministry.
The Spirit of God led Pastor and Mrs. Fung to Sacramento in July 1940 where they settled in the Southside Park Area. Previously, they had served in many churches in Oakland, San Francisco, Monterey, and throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Their initial ministry in Sacramento was distributing Bibles, Gospel books, tracts, and other literature. They continued their Gospel distributing ministry all through World War II as well as helping and serving in several Chinese churches in Sacramento.
The Chinese Gospel Mission (CGM) started shortly after World War II with the purchase of land and erecting a building at 2115 8th Street. The actual building which still exists, was built by Pastor Fung and many volunteers with surplus Army barracks materials from Chico. During this time, God enabled CGM to overcome many obstacles including Pastor Fung’s two story fall while working on the building. God blessed Pastor Fung as he pastored the CGM ministry faithfully and diligently until 1967.
Many early CGM workers are still alive today, recall how God continually provided financial resources to complete the building and buy yellow (later painted pink) school buses to spread into the neighboring South Sacramento Area to pick up kids for Sunday School, Boys Club, Dorcus Club for girls, and Know Your Bible Club on Friday nights. The work focused on children and Chinese families grew to well over 100 people mainly kids, high school students, and women cannery workers.
I967 Pastor Fung invited Pastor Sen Wong to come and assume the ministry. God continued to bless CGM and under Pastor Wong’s leadership, the ministry continued to grow and flourish. Children who initially sat under Pastor Fung’s ministry grew spiritually and became young adults. Subsequently, Chinese Gospel Mission was incorporated and the name changed to Chinese Grace Bible Church (CGBC). Attendance and ministries continued to increase to where it exceeded the capacity of the Eighth Street location. Sunday School classes were conducted in the church buses, rented neighborhood garages, and even in Southside Park. In 1973 God enabled CGBC to relocate to its current location in the Greenhaven Area of South Sacramento.
God continued to bless CGBC with growth and maturity as many ministries and all Sunday worship services were soon conducted in three languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Pastors Alan Ginn, Edward Lee, and Seahawk Lun each provided over twenty years of stable pastoral care and teaching. CGBC supported many seminarians, trained numerous pastoral interns, and adopted many foreign missionaries. As attendance continued to increase and believers spiritually matured, God enabled CGBC to plant two works. Subsequently, both works became fully independent churches: River Ridge Neighborhood Church in Elk Grove and Abundant Grace Chinese Church in Orangevale.
Recently, God led CGBC to call Pastor Timothy Chan to become the Senior Pastor. Under his leadership CGBC has reaffirmed itself to be a 3-in-1 ministry model church where ministries are conducted in three languages, personal quiet time and prayer are valued, and discipleship emphasized and promoted.