Agape Chinese Alliance Church serves the San Diego area with members from Chula Vista to San Marcos. We hold both English and Cantonese services.
- To celebrate God’s presence through worship.
- To demonstrate God’s love through service.
- To communicate God’s word through teaching and preaching.
- To incorporate God’s people into God’s family.
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Agape Chinese Alliance Church is part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination. We began in 1986 with a growing population of Chinese immigrants and college students in San Diego. The church plant started with founding pastor Rev. and Mrs. Gerald Chao and the support of its English-speaking counterpart, Balboa Alliance Church. With Cantonese Sunday worship, Bible study, and outreach effort, Agape CAC grew in its number. Many received Christ and people were discipled and baptized. In 1997, Rev. and Mrs. Patrick Chow and family re-developed Agape CAC to be a “purpose-driven church” that “lives and fulfills the Great Commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40; 28:19-20)
Agape Chinese Alliance Church was formally incorporated in July 1998. The church held Cantonese service with Mandarin translation and service, which later absolved after refocusing the needs and vision of the church. In 2000, after much prayer for relocation, the church moved to a strategic place close to Asian businesses and restaurants. Again, there was much work in evangelism outreach such as parent education, community health fairs, Chinese classes for children and adult ESL (English) classes. In addition, there were Agape CAC small cell groups and Bible study and worship… resulting in adult, youth, and children ministries that grew. The year 2005 brought in the first American-born English pastor to oversee English ministry, Pastor James Chuang.
In 2006, there was a transition time for the church, with Rev. and Mrs. Jack To and family arriving early 2007 to continue Agape’s existing ministry and envisioning growth both spiritually and physically. Later, the church partnered with Enoch Center, a community outreach center for Chinese people living in San Diego. In April 2011, Agape moved into a church facility with more rooms, parking lot and playground to accommodate its growth and needs.
In Nov 2016, Agape CAC celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since then, Agape church members have been faithful in serving Him. More importantly, praise the Lord for His faithfulness to His people!
In 2016, Agape dedicated our church fellowship hall in remembrance of Reverend Jack To, who went to be with the Lord in March of 2016. We remember him as a servant of God for his humble leadership, caring ministry, commitment to serving others, and unwavering faithfulness to God. Through faith, Reverend To has inspired, and continues to inspire, us to trust in God’s provision and timing for the fulfillment of His promises.
Pastor James Chuang
James was born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, by his mother Yang and father Chru-an, along with his older brother William. Growing up, he dreamed of becoming an artist and a writer. He studied English Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a BA in that field. In his senior year, however, God altered the direction of his life by calling him into ministry. After taking one year off and spending one summer in China, James earned his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. James has learned to pastor the church from the congregations of Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park, IL, where he served as a youth ministry intern, from Grace Fellowship Community Church in San Francisco, CA, where he served as a pastoral intern, and from Ann Arbor Chinese Christian Church, where he served as English Pastor. He continues to learn from the people of Agape Chinese Alliance Church, where he has gladly served since 2005.