Around 2008, Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, DC had a family moved to the newly developed Clarksburg area in the northwest of Montgomery County. This area was originally a farmland. After the population of Montgomery County continued to rise, the city government decided to develope Clarksburg into a residential area. In view of the fact that many Chinese families will be moving to Clarksburg, Pastor Sun, mother church's senior pastor, envisioned that it will be a good place to spread the gospel in the future, and immediately called on believers in the neighboring area to start a Bible study group; and a branch church was formally established in October 2008.
At the beginning, Pastor Sun and Elder Mark Ho led the branch church. Later, Pastor Sun moved to California in 2011. Elder Ho reduced his participation due to family situations. In 2012, Elder KC Leung took over. Later, Elder Daniel Wu also joined as a co-worker. Realizing that for the long-term development of the branch, we would need a full-time minister. After years of prayer, God sent Minister Nathaniel Yang to join us on Easter 2018 and took charge of the ministry at Clarksburg.
The ministry has been developed step by step, from the initial Bible study class to Sunday worship, continued with Saturday prayer meetings, Sunday school for adults and children, and held many festivals and anniversary celebrations to invite friends to participate.
In the early days, Sunday worship was held at 3 pm on Sunday, renting an American Baptist church's mobile classroom, and Pastor Sun sharing God's words. After Pastor Sun left, the elders took turns preaching. But the afternoon meeting was not the right time for many brothers and sisters and new friends. Thank God, after listening to our prayers for many years, we finally rented Little Bennett Elementary School in Clarksburg for Sunday worship. We had officially started to meet in the morning since October 12, 2014.
The main gospel audiences of the Clarksburg Church are Chinese immigrants and scholars. The members have a sense of urgency for evangelism. They often seize the opportunity to invite friends to worship and evangelize. The grace of the Lord is also obvious. Every year, new members are baptized into the church. What we see in particular is the evidence of one person’s salvation and spreading to the whole family: many grand parents came from China for a year or so to help taking care of their grandchildren, have the opportunity to hear the gospel, and see their children’s change because they believe in Jesus Christ and trusting the power of the gospel, many grand parents also believed and were baptized into the Lord.
The branch church is a gospel station with a mobile congregation. Although God continues to bring new people to the church, there are also many moved to other places for work or other reasons, or to leave the country. Many generally do not spend much time in the United States, facing new environment adjustments, language barriers, children's learning problems, etc. Therefore, in addition to spiritual care, their physical cares are also the focus of our ministries. In the future, we hope to spread the gospel in the Clarksburg area through brothers and sisters, and lead more people to know Christ and enter the glorious kingdom of God.