About 30 years ago, a few brothers and sisters who had been involved with the Rutgers Chinese Bible Study gathered together almost weekly at our home in East Brunswick to pray for a Christian church that would minister to the Chinese people in the Rutgers community.

We have observed that many of the Chinese Christians would attend the Friday night Chinese Bible Study, but would generally shy away from the English worship services in the local churches on Sunday, thus depriving themselves from fully experiencing life in the Body.

After a year's prayer, and with a sense of clear leading from the Lord, we started the East Brunswick Adult Fellowship in preparation for the formation of the Rutgers Community Chinese Church.

A year later, in 1979, on the second Sunday of September, the first morning worship service of the new RCCC was held at the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick. Without much experience, without a minister, but filled with an intense desire to serve the Lord, the 20 "charter members" struggled on with a sense of mission set before them.

We knew we were called to form a church to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth, to teach and learn to be obedient to the Word of God, to fellowship and serve collectively in the Spirit, and to propagate the Gospel of Christ to those who are near and to those who are far.

So why did we call ourselves a "Chinese Church" instead of "Christian Church"? We had this debate when we were first seeking a name for the new church. For one thing, all the initial members were Chinese and the name simply reflects who we are. And more importantly, our strategy was first to reach the Chinese in the local community to build a base for the future ministry. And the name was to serve that purpose.

However, in the early days of the RCCC, a nice Jewish young man came and was baptized into the fellowship, thus one might say that then we were a Chinese church in name only. (Little did we know that this young Mitch Herring would later have such a burden to minister to the Chinese that he went to Taiwan for his seminary training and then later pastored the Rochester Chinese Christian Church in upstate New York - yet another RCCC.)

We all recognized then that there should be no Chinese Church or American Church; the Church belongs to Christ and only He has the right to call a church "my church" (Mt. 16:18). The church should not belong to any one, or group of people, or any organization. The spiritual fellowship of all the Christians in a given locality forms the local Christian church: it is His body, His Bride, and it is His household. And we decided that when the time came, we would change the name from Rutgers Community Chinese Church into Rutgers Community Christian Church, yet it still remains RCCC. It appears to us that the time has now arrived.

As we look back, we cannot even begin to count all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on RCCC over the past  years. Just like the Jerusalem church in Acts 2:47, God has allowed us to enjoy the favor of the people (especially the good people of the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick), and He has constantly added to our number those who are being saved. As the congregation grew, we did not forget that our mission was to be a golden lampstand in the community. More urgently, we were also responsible for raising our children to be a godly generation growing up quickly in American society. In 1986 the total adult attendance reached 250, and we started an English Worship service, and then soon thereafter, a Cantonese worship. RCCC has become multi-lingual.

Now the English ministry has flourished, and it is clear that we can no longer fit the congregation into the Chapel. A second English service was added. With the increasing number in the English congregation, we are also becoming more aware of our God-given responsibility to reach and serve the local community. The base with which we desire to build the ministry is now largely in place.

We have toiled in the past  to grow to the present size of over 2000. The grace of the Lord is given to us for present opportunities to serve. The church must continue to endeavor to grow as she faces the challenge of a new era in ministry and waits for the return of her Lord.