North America's Oldest Asian Church

Founded a century and a half ago, the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown is the oldest Asian American Christian congregation in North America. Designated a "foreign mission" by the Presbyterian denomination, the church opened its doors on November 6, 1853 with four members under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. William Speer. It was not until 1925 that jurisdiction of the church was transferred from the Board of Foreign Missions to the Board of National Missions. After changing its name from the Presbyterian Chinese Mission Church, the congregation continued to be known as the Chinese Presbyterian Church until 1958, when the current name emphasizing the church's recognition of its social context and its commitment to the San Francisco Chinatown community was adopted by its members.





From November 19, 1882 until the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, the Presbyterian Chinese Mission Church met at 911 Stockton Street, in the building which had previously housed Old First Presbyterian Church. The congregation is seen here in front of that building in a photograph from 1890.