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中華歸主北東灣教會

中华归主北东湾教会的历史

我们的母堂中华归主柏克莱教会成立于 1974 年,然而更早在1961年,一群由东南亚、台湾、香港来到柏克利大学深造的基督徒留学生成立了『留学生查经班』, 其目的是借着查经来带领学生认识耶稣,归向真神。 学生查经班蒙神赐福,人数不断增加,1974 年凭着信心在Berkeley 购置教堂,正式成立『中华归主柏克莱教会』。详情可参看母堂的网页关於教会历史的部份。2010 年 3 月母堂有几个家庭住在 Richmond, El Sobrante, Hercules 一带,开始成立佳音团契,聚会地点在两位弟兄家轮流举行,每个月有两次团契聚会。到2013年,团契的同工有负担想要在 Richmond 一带成立分堂,以便能够邀请居住在附近的华人参加教会的活动。根据 2010 年美国人口普查数据,北东湾一带的城市包括 El Cerrito,Hercules, Pinole,San Pablo,Richmond,El Sobrante, Martinez,华人的人口约为1万2千人,其中的基督徒比例大约只占 2%,而湾区的华人基督徒比例大约是 5%,我们看见这里有一个广大的需要。植堂的异象渐渐被母堂的弟兄姊妹所认可,也受到主任牧师黄天赐的重视,2014 年 2月在牧执退修会中正式将北东湾植堂列为教会的四大异象之一,2015 年 1 月 16 日,植堂的筹备工作正式启动,团契的同工开始在北东湾一带寻找场地,直到 2015 年 5月14 日找到 Bay Hills Community Church (BHCC) 位於 4950 Appian Way, El Sobrante 的堂址作为聚会地点,并於 6 月 13 日开始第一次的团契聚会以及每个月第三个周六的福音专题讲座。然而不久之後 BHCC 购置了更适合他们需要的堂址,我们於 8 月 21 日随着 BHCC 搬入他们位於 4555 Hilltop Dr, El Sobrante 的堂址开始聚会。场地的问题解决之后,我们终于在 2016 年 1月10 日成立「中华归主北东湾教会」(Chinese for Christ North Easy-Bay Church, CFCNEC),开始星期天早上10:30的主日崇拜。然而到了 2016 年 5月下旬,BHCC 突然通知说他们改变了原订的教堂整建计画,因此希望我们能在 2016 年底之前迁出。这个突如其来的变化,使得我们不得不再次踏上寻找下一个新堂址的旅程。感谢神的预备,到了 2016 年9月中旬我们找到了位于 801  Park Central St, Richmond 的犹太人会堂,经过一连串的祷告、协调与沟通,2016 年 12月18 日我们正式租用现址的犹太人会堂开始星期天下午 1:30 的主日崇拜。感谢神的恩典,又经过半年之后,2017 年 7月9 日我们居然得到犹太会堂的同意,将主日敬拜改至上午聚会。至此我们总算是在北东湾一带站稳了脚步,得以向前展望新的未来。我们深信神必亲自带领这新成立的教会,也能像母堂一样,成为许多华人家庭的祝福!

中華歸主北東灣教會的歷史

我們的母堂中華歸主柏克萊教會成立於 1974 年,然而更早在1961年,一群由東南亞、台灣、香港來到柏克利大學深造的基督徒留學生成立了『留學生查經班』, 其目的是借著查經來帶領學生認識耶穌,歸向真神。 學生查經班蒙神賜福,人數不斷增加,1974 年憑著信心在Berkeley 購置教堂,正式成立『中華歸主柏克萊教會』。詳情可參看母堂的網頁關於教會歷史的部份。2010 年 3 月母堂有幾個家庭住在 Richmond, El Sobrante, Hercules 一帶,開始成立佳音團契,聚會地點在兩位弟兄家輪流舉行,每個月有兩次團契聚會。到2013年,團契的同工有負擔想要在 Richmond 一帶成立分堂,以便能夠邀請居住在附近的華人參加教會的活動。根據 2010 年美國人口普查數據,北東灣一帶的城市包括 El Cerrito,Hercules, Pinole,San Pablo,Richmond,El Sobrante, Martinez,華人的人口約為1萬2千人,其中的基督徒比例大約隻佔 2%,而灣區的華人基督徒比例大約是 5%,我們看見這裡有一個廣大的需要。植堂的異象漸漸被母堂的弟兄姊妹所認可,也受到主任牧師黃天賜的重視,2014 年 2月在牧執退修會中正式將北東灣植堂列為教會的四大異象之一,2015 年 1 月 16 日,植堂的籌備工作正式啟動,團契的同工開始在北東灣一帶尋找場地,直到 2015 年 5月14 日找到 Bay Hills Community Church (BHCC) 位於 4950 Appian Way, El Sobrante 的堂址作為聚會地點,並於 6 月 13 日開始第一次的團契聚會以及每個月第三個周六的福音專題講座。然而不久之後 BHCC 購置了更適合他們需要的堂址,我們於 8 月 21 日隨著 BHCC 搬入他們位於 4555 Hilltop Dr, El Sobrante 的堂址開始聚會。場地的問題解決之后,我們終於在 2016 年 1月10 日成立「中華歸主北東灣教會」(Chinese for Christ North Easy-Bay Church, CFCNEC),開始星期天早上10:30的主日崇拜。然而到了 2016 年 5月下旬,BHCC 突然通知說他們改變了原訂的教堂整建計畫,因此希望我們能在 2016 年底之前遷出。這個突如其來的變化,使得我們不得不再次踏上尋找下一個新堂址的旅程。感謝神的預備,到了 2016 年9月中旬我們找到了位於 801  Park Central St, Richmond 的猶太人會堂,經過一連串的禱告、協調與溝通,2016 年 12月18 日我們正式租用現址的猶太人會堂開始星期天下午 1:30 的主日崇拜。感謝神的恩典,又經過半年之后,2017 年 7月9 日我們居然得到猶太會堂的同意,將主日敬拜改至上午聚會。至此我們總算是在北東灣一帶站穩了腳步,得以向前展望新的未來。我們深信神必親自帶領這新成立的教會,也能像母堂一樣,成為許多華人家庭的祝福!

The History of Chinese for Christ North East Bay Church 

In 1974, our mother church, Chinese for Christ Berkeley Church was established. Before that, in 1961, a group of students from South East Asia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong who came to UC Berkeley to study formed a bible study group called “ Foreign Student Bible Class “. The purpose of the bible class was to lead other students to know Jesus and accept God through bible study. By the grace of God, the attendees in the bible class had grown steadily. 

 

In 1974, by faith, the bible class had purchased a building in Berkeley and formally established Chinese for Christ Berkeley Church. For details, please visit church website under church history

 

In March, 2010, some families lived in Richmond, El Sobrante and Hercules get together and formed a fellowship group called “Good News Fellowship”. They met twice a month at two brothers’ houses alternately. 

 

In 2013, the coworkers of Good News Fellowship thinking about started a branch church in Richmond area and invited local Chinese residence to church activities. According to the government censor, in 2010, Chinese population in North East Bay area (El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond, El Sobrante, Martinez) was about 12,000, among which, Christian was 2%. There was a great need to preach the gospel. The vision of starting a branch church was accepted by brothers and sisters at the Berkeley Church, and Pastor Hwang also paid great attention. 

 

In February, 2014, in the pastor/decants retreat, establishing a church at North East Bay was listed as one of the four visions of the Berkeley Church. 

 

In January, 15, 2015, the coworkers of the Good News Fellowship started looking for meeting place.  On May, 15, 2015, we found Bay Hills Community Church (BHCC), 4950 Appian Way, El Sobrante, as our fellowship meeting place. On June 13th, we started our first meeting and on the third Saturday of each month, we also conducted special topic seminar. 

 

On August, 21, 2015, we moved with BHCC to 4555 Hilltop Dr., El Sobrante. 

 

On January, 10, 2016, Chinese fo Christ North East-Bay Church, CFCNEC, was formally established. 

 

However, in May, 2016, BHCC informed us that we need to move out of BHCC by the end of the year. This led us to search for a meeting place again. 

 

In September, 2016, we found the present meeting place, 801 Park Central St., Richmond, and it is a Jewish Synagogues. 

 

On December, 18, 2016, we formally rented the Synagogues, and started the Sunday worship in the afternoon. On July, 9, 2017, we started Sunday worship in the morning. 

 

For the time being, we are settled in North East Bay area, and looking forward to the future. We truly believe that God will lead this new church, as the Berkeley Church, becomes a blessing to many Chinese families! 

教会牧者

义秉欣牧师

Benjament Yi

义秉欣牧师出生于台湾,就读清华大学时信主。 1990年赴美深造,获取物理和电机两个硕士学位。后返回台湾工作,以半导体薄膜技术担任制程工程师,后为薄膜制程部主管;在台湾期间他也在台北浸信会怀恩堂青年团契中有许多服事,并担任团契主席。 2001年因着上帝奇妙的带领和开路,受聘于Berkeley附近的一家高科技公司担任工程师职位,故此全家移居美国。尔后他全家开始来到中华归主柏克莱教会参加主日敬拜,参加职青团契的聚会,并担任同工。 2003年蒙神的呼召,他辞去工作,全时间进入基督工人神学院就读,同时仍待在本教会继续关怀、教导并传扬福音等多方面的服事。 2007年初,义传道由神学院毕业,获道学硕士学位,经教会聘请留下担任中文部的传道, 并于2011年6月按立为牧师, 服事对象特别针对学生、学者及年青家庭等。2015年义牧师感受到神的呼召,于是投身于北东湾植堂的事工直到如今。他与白美容姊妹于1997年结婚,现育有二子。

義秉欣牧師出生於台灣,就讀清華大學時信主。 1990年赴美深造,獲取物理和電機兩個碩士學位。后返回台灣工作,以半導體薄膜技術擔任制程工程師,后為薄膜制程部主管﹔在台灣期間他也在台北浸信會懷恩堂青年團契中有許多服事,並擔任團契主席。 2001年因著上帝奇妙的帶領和開路,受聘於Berkeley附近的一家高科技公司擔任工程師職位,故此全家移居美國。爾后他全家開始來到中華歸主柏克萊教會參加主日敬拜,參加職青團契的聚會,並擔任同工。 2003年蒙神的呼召,他辭去工作,全時間進入基督工人神學院就讀,同時仍待在本教會繼續關懷,教導並傳揚福音等多方面的服事。 2007年初,義傳道由神學院畢業,獲道學碩士學位,經教會聘請留下擔任中文部的傳道,並於2011年6月按立為牧師, 服事對象特別針對學生、學者及年青家庭等。2015年義牧師感受到神的呼召,於是投身於北東灣植堂的事工直到如今。他與白美容姊妹於1997年結婚,現育有二子。

Pastor Benjamin Yi was born in Taiwan. He accepted the Lord when he studied at Ching-Hua University. In 1990, he came to America to go to graduate school. He received his MS degree in both Physics and Electronic Engineering.  After graduation, he went back to Taiwan and worked as a process engineer in the field of semiconductor. He also served as a fellowship chair of Grace Baptist Church in Taipei.

In 2001, the Lord opened the door for him to be employed by a Hi-tech company in Berkeley as an engineer, hence, Pastor Yi and his family moved to the States.  While he was in Berkeley, he joined the Chinese for Christ Berkeley Church and helped out with young career fellowship as a coworker.

In 2003, the Lord called him to quit his job and enroll in CWTS (a seminary in San Jose),  and to be a full time student.  While he studied at CWTS, Pastor Yi still involved in teaching and preaching at Berkeley Church.

In 2007, Pastor Yi graduated from CWTS and received his Master of Divinity.  After the graduation, he was hired by Berkeley Church, as a minister, to serve the Chinese congregation.

In June, 2011, Pastor Yi was formally ordained as Pastor.  His service was mainly directed towards students, scholars from China and young professional families.

In 2015, Pastor Yi received his calling to involve North East Bay church planting till now.

Pastor Yi was married in 1997 and he and his wife have two sons.

Lead Pastor

pastor.yi@cfcnec.org

(510)332-0002