BETHEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

About Our Church

Our History

Bethel Presbyterian Church began as the Hougang Church in 1883 at Upper Serangoon Road (present Bethel House site). It was established to minister to Teochew speaking Christians and to reach out to the Teochew community by Rev J.A.B Cook who was sent by the English Presbyterian Mission.

Milestones of our Church :

1883-1884

A service was started at Upper Serangoon Road 4 ½ miles and a small chapel was constructed. The Preacher was Huang Yue Lin.

1903-1905

The church combined with the Bukit Timah Church (now the Glory Presbyterian Church) and the Tek Kar Church (now the Life Presbyterian), Rev Lin Xi was called to be the Pastor of the combined church.

1929-1935

In 1931 there was 18 members. The church building which became unsafe was demolished in 1935 and the congregation met at the attap house (the preacher’s house).

1937

The church was under the responsibility of the Tek Kar Church.

1947

The church came under the responsibility of the Synod.

1948

Approval was obtained to rename Hougang Church to Bethel Church.

1950

Mr Lee Huai Kwang was appointed Preacher. Min Sin School was taken over in June and Mr Lee became the principal.

1953

Purchased property of Min Sin School (approx. 80,000sq.ft.) at Easter. Bethel started worship service at the school hall.

1958

Laying of foundation of new building of Min Sin Primary School.

1959

The 4 storey block of 24 classrooms was completed.

1960

The foundation stone for the new sanctuary was laid. The 17th meeting of the Synod was held at the school.

1961

The new sanctuary was dedicated. The 118th meeting of the Synod was held in the sanctuary. The Synod also celebrated its 80th anniversary at Bethel.

1965

The Synod supported Li Sun High School was located at Min Sin School. The Manse was completed.

1969

The English Service was started.

1973

Mr Lee Huai Kwang relinquished his post as Principal of Sin Min Primary School to be the Moderator of Bethel.

1978

The All Saints Memorial Chapel was completed.
The Synod handed Li Sun to be under the responsibility of Bethel Church.
Deacons were elected from the English Service to join the session.

1981

A Preaching Station was started at All Saints Memorial Chapel. Mr Peter Poon was called as Preacher.

1982

Li Sun High School was relocated at Ang Mo Kio. It was renamed Presbyterian High School. It was then handed over to the Synod.

1987

The registration of All Saints Home was approved (Reg. No ROS 404/86)
All Saints Home was officially opened with 26 beds.

1989

1989 The Mandarin Service started on 1/1/89 with Preacher Lau Min Yaw.

1990

Joined the Teochew-speaking Churches in Singapore & formed the Teochew Evangelistic Outreach Association.

1991

The Land Office approved the public road (lot 497-60) in front of our church to be under our charge & for special use, annual rent S$12/=

2011

Started Bilingual Service with Preacher William Heng.

2013

Started Bethel English Saturday Service with Preacher Carol Ling.

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Church Constitution

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