Our History

1967A core group of 3 families began praying and planning to launch a church in the Toronto Chinatown area. The first Chinese speaking worship service was in November, with 12 in attendance. Rev. Andrew Wong became the senior pastor of the Toronto Chinese Baptist Church (TCBC) which grew under his leadership and shepherding. By the mid 80's, the "original bunch" did not have any grand vision nor specific direction other than that they should grab the opportunity to branch out since the downtown church reached saturation and various attempts to expand locally failed.
1986Two opportunities presented themselves to the leadership: (1) a church site on Birchmount Road was on sale at an affordable price, and (2) Scarborough was where huge new influx of Hong Kong Chinese immigrants gravitated towards. Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church (SCBC) became an "expansion" from TCBC having her first worship service at 2610 Birchmount Road on April 6th.
1987SCBC inauguration on October 8th.
1988SCBC started with being under the same pastoral team and church government as that of TCBC. God sovereignly multiplied us into two churches fulfilling different purposes. On January 1st, Rev. Warren Lai joined as the Senior Pastor for SCBC.
1990SCBC grew rapidly into a multi-generational, multi-lingual, multidisciplinary and multi-congregational model under one church government. More space was needed and the existing building expanded with the addition of a new Education Wing.
2002Discussions by deacons and pastors on charting a new course into the new millennium began since 1997. After many years of long exploration, deliberation, and prayer, the "Move & Grow" initiative was overwhelmingly agreed upon by the church.
God's providence: in the search of land we considered at least more than 7 options ranging from redevelopment of the old Birchmount site, purchase an existing Jewish private school on Leslie Street, to buying large buildable lots. Feasibility studies by consultant were made. Three offers were attempted to purchase and all were turned down one way or the other, including the current Kennedy site. When we were seeing no way out, the Kennedy Road property reappeared on the market 1 year after it was conditionally sold to Wal Mart. God gave us this land. He provides in His own time and He ultimately controls all things and directs all things to work for the good of those who love Him.
June 16 - approved land purchase and appointment of the New SCBC Building Committee.
November 15 - closing date for the land deal.
2003September 28th - approved sale of the Birchmount property.
Building design of the new church campus approved.
2005New SCBC ground breaking ceremony on July 24th.
2007September 11 - moved into the new church campus.
September 16 - the first Sunday worship services.
2012SCBC celebrates 25 years - From Glory to Glory
2017SCBC celebrates 30 years