History of
Sharon Bible-Presbyterian Church

A time to be born

In June 1971 Peter Chua, a Sunday School teacher from Life Bible Presbyterian Church challenged his students who were in their early twenties to pray and evangelize to the residents in Toa Payoh New Town. He noticed that the Toa Payoh BPC premises in Lorong 4 Block 71 were available on Sunday mornings. Peter then presented his findings and burden to Rev. Timothy Tow of Life BPC to support an outreach and with the approval of Faith BPC who was supporting Toa Payoh BPC, the English Service was born on 12 September 1971. Within a year the church became financially independent.

Thereafter, the weekly attendance was encouraging but not without difficulties. The disturbance and noise from the wet market nearby caused much distraction during the worship service. The limited space in the premises resulted in some Sunday School classes being held along the corridors. On 6 January 1977, the church moved to Life BPC at the invitation of Rev. Timothy Tow.

1977 was historically significant for the church. She was registered as a charitable body under Society Acts and was officially renamed as Sharon BP Church.  With the support and encouragement of the members to give themselves for the Lord’s work, the church was in full support for Peter’s ordination by the Presbytery on 23 October 1977 as the first pastor of the Church.

A time to plant

There is a time for everything. The first mission endeavour was in support of a travelling evangelist to the many Chinese Army refugees villages in Northern Thailand. Later, regular financial support was given to Kuching, and help to Cambodia, Burma, Vietnam, and India. The church had also helped in the purchase of an heritage building in Adelaide, South Australia. Financial assistance was given to a number of Bible college students and they are now actively serving in their own countries. 

A branch church was set up under the charge of Rev. Cheong Chin Meng which he named Gospel Light Bible-Presbyterian.

A time to build.

The time has come to build up the congregation through evangelism, missions, teachings and trainings and in partnership with other BP Churches in the gospel.

In God’s good timing, Rev. Ho Chee Lai came in to assist pastor in 2009. He is now with the pastoral team overseeing the needs of the youth and teaches at the Emmanuel Evening Lectures. Through his ministry the members have responded to the call to study the Word and prepare themselves to serve in the youth ministry as well as in the church.

With God’s blessings, provision and providence, we can advance the gospel globally and not forget to act locally to meet the needs of every one who is with us.