Agape Chinese Alliance Church

2022 Theme

"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6


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!

Agape CAC did experience some ups and downs for some years. Yet the Lord has shown His love and kindness. After Rev. Jack To had passed away due to cancer, the church has faced a period of uncertainty and instability. Yet God has given sufficient strength to the lay leadership to press on. In 2020 the Lord led Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan Lam to Agape CAC and later Pastor Joshua Cheng on board in 2021 to serve in both Chinese and English congregations. Agape CAC continues to trust God as He is the Lord of the church. We will continue to strive for the vision and mission God has given us until the day we meet Him.

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Core Values

Agape Chinese Allance Church is a growing community of Christian believers seeking to live the biblical Great Commandments (Matthew 22:37-39) and fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).

愛加勉華人宣道會是由一群委身活出基督大誡命(馬太福音22:37-39 「你要盡心、盡性、盡意愛主你的神…要愛人如己」)及大使命(馬太福音28:19-20 「所以,你們要去,使萬 民作我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗。凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守」)的基督徒所組成的教會。


We express our love for God through vibrant corporate worship and application of His word in cell groups.

We actively reach out to the community of San Diego with God’s love: caring for their needs and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

We support global missions through prayer, financial contribution, and participation in short term missions.




Church Objectives

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.





Rev. Jonathan Lam

Rev. Lam was called to serve at Agape in 2020 as Lead Pastor. He has the vision to take the church after God’s heart in Great Commission as well as building a sustainable leadership.


Pastor Joshua Cheng

Joshua was called to serve at Agape in January 2021 as the teaching Pastor of the English Congregation.

About the C&MA

C&MA info here

Learn more about the C&MA South Pacific District and US Chinese Church Association etc