information on the Protestant churches of
China comes from Towery's book
3rd edition. The caligraphy of the Chinese
names of the provinces and municipalities
are the work of Professor
church history professor at the Nanjing
Theoloigical Seminary, Nanjing,
Beijing area church
Christian Church, Chongwenmen
District, #2 Ho Gou Hutong.
District, #57 Xisi Nan Da Jie (This was
the church into which the famous writer,
Lao She, was baptized and taught Sunday
school for a short time before going to
England to teach Chinese language and
The capital city of the People's
Republic of China sits on the same
latitude as Philadelphia (USA). Called
"Peking" by foreigners, the city has been
Beijing (Northern Capital) to the Chinese
for centuries except for a brief time in
the early years of the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1421) and the days of the Republic
of China (1912-1949).
There are more than a dozen Protestant
churches open for worship and "too many to
count" Home Meeting Points (often
mistakenly called "House Churches").
Beijing Hai Ding
Church, Nanda Jie #57
Theological Seminary has been
open since the spring of 1983 and is
celebrating 20 years of growth this year
(2003). I visited the seminary soon after
it opened and visited at length with the
pastor-teachers. It has since moved from
the heart of the city to a completely new
campus. It carries on in the tradition
that began a 100 years ago with the
founding of Qing Hua University.
area Protestant churches have
more than tripled in the last few years.
Selected church addresses:
Libaitang (Former Community
Church), 53 Heng Shan Road. A great loss
to this church was Bishop Shen Yifan, who
died of a heart attack in August,
(Grace Church, former Baptist
church), 375 Shaan Xi North Road.
Church (Former Methodist
Church), 316 Xizang Middle Road. This was
the first Shanghai church to re-open after
the Cultural Revolution, September 2,
is the most western-appearing
city in China. It has always been a center
of trade and commerce and a
The city has been a mecca for Christian
ministry for most of the past 158 years.
Baptists first came to Shanghai in 1847
when Matthew T. Yates and wife
Lizzie and widower J. Lewis
Shuck began a church just outside the
old Chinese city. The first buildings
Revolution years. It was called
the North Gate Church as it was just
outside the city's north gate. The
officials would not allow foreigners to
buy or rent land inside the city. Now the
Chinese city is a southern suburb of the
main city. The church's present building
was built in 1920. This five-storied
church was untouched by the Red Guards of
the 1960s and has served as a primary
school since 1958. In Southern Baptist
mission history, it had the longest
continuous existence of any Baptist church
in China --111 years.
Many old churches have been re-opened
and given back to the Christians but this
one for some reason was not returned.
(Shanghai) Seminary opened on
September 11, 1985. I was there for the
opening ceremonies and if I had the money
would put some of the video I shot that
day on these web pages. The late Bishop
Sun Yanli was the first principal and
Dr. "Charlie Che" (Qi Qingcai) was
the first chairman of the board. He was
also pastor of the Grace Church where the
seminary first opened its doors. Now it
has a new campus, #71 Wu Yuan Road.
This industrial giant of North China
sits on a latitude close to that of
Washington, D.C. in the United States. The
city extends along the Hai River, two
hours by train from Beijing. With a
population of more than eight million it
is second to Shanghai in having an "old
It is the home of one of my favorite
eating place in China: The
Baozi Restaurant. "Gou bu li"
literally means, "Even the dogs will not
have it!" It was a nickname given to the
owner of this restaurant when he was a
small boy. Years later he went into
business making and selling baozi, steamed
bread wrapped around minced meant and
vegetables, he used his nick-name for the
His baozi are beautiful to look at,
have a terrific aroma and are wonderful to
eat. The restaurant was located on
Shandong Street when I ate there, just a
block from a Christian church.
Tianjin University claims to be the
oldest western-style university in China.
Christian foreign missionaries began the
school in 1895.
Nankai College is in Tianjin.
Enlai studied in Tianjin. The
first principal was Chang Po-ling.
When Chang became a Christian he resigned
as principal. He said he could no longer
bow to the Confucian Tablets. Beijing
officials told him to "be a secret
Christian" and stay on. Chang said no. But
he was re-instated. Harvard University
President Eliot called Chang "China's
Lao She taught at Nankai for a time. He
remained close to both Professor Chang and
Premier Zhou throughout his life.
A church address: Tianjin Church of
Heping District on 237 Binjiang Road.
Anhui is still something of a backward
province for Central China.It is rich in
coal and iron ore. Ma'an Shan, on the
great Yangtze River, is the largest
industrial center of the province. The
northern part is covered in wheat fields
and rice paddies. The capital city of
Hefei is 18 hours south of Beijing by
train. The most famous artifact there is
the 2,000 year old jade burial suit that
is stitched with silver thread. That kind
of handicraft is a lost art I'm
In 1984, I visited the city of Wuhu
where friend Vi Marie Taylor was
teaching English at the university along
with long-time Baptist leader C.K.
Chang (Zhang Chunjiang). C.K. was the
last chaplain of Shanghai University in
Back in the 1950s his cousin, Y. K.
Chang was a co-worker of mine and teacher
in the Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary
Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) is one of
China's five sacred mountains was one I
wanted to climb but never made it. It is
said that, as you walk up the mountains,
you pass through all four seasons of the
According to some estimates, Anhui
province is possibly fourth in the total
number of Christian believers, close to a
million. Only Henan, Fujian and Zhejiang
provinces have more.
Hefe, the capital, had a church on #68
Suzhou Lane back in the 1980s. Huang Shan
City also has one as do all the larger
China Churches and Seminaries: