History of QCPC
by Rev. Eson Tse

Prelude: 1964: I was hired from Hong Kong to be the minister of the First Chinese Presbyterian church in New York. Thank God for helping me through thirteen years of hard work, sacrifice and service. The church's evangelical ministry and community service developed very rapidly.

1978: Sunday services at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church had regular attendance of approximately 450 people. At the time, most of the earlier Chinese immigrants preferred to stay around Chinatown and the new Chinese immigrants preferred to live in Queens. So, I had a vision: to start a new church in Queens. After many years of prayer and planning, I finally had the Presbytery's consent and the support of the session of the First Chinese Presbyterian Church of NYc. On May 10, 1977, the session formally submitted a letter to the Presbytery for the approval of the new church project. In November, the Presbytery granted its approval. We formed three committees to carry out this project - Mission Design Team, Task Force, and Steering and Planning Committee. The Presbytery sent Rev. Carl B. Nelson who was the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church's assistant minister, to be the chairman. Elder Daniel Lam, Elder Cho Lun Yeung, myself and ten other church members served on the planning committee. We selected Calvary Presbyterian Church which was located at 53- 71 nnd Place, Maspeth, NY 11378, as a temporary worship location.

1979: In March, I resigned from my position as minister of the First Chinese Presbyterian Church of NYc.
In April, I became the minister of the new Chinese Presbyterian Church Development in Queens. The new church had its first service on April 29, 1979 with 150 attendances.

In order to attract Mandarin-speaking members, in December we began Mandarin translation in our Sunday service. To maximize and facilitate evangelical ministry, starting November we began an evangelical radio program aired every Friday night until 1987.

From 1980 to 1984, we also had a I5-minute cable TV program on channel M every Sunday afternoon.

Easter Sunday of 1980, our church had its first baptism: 3 adult baptisms, 1 youth confirmation and 4 child-baptism.

In the transition from a church development to a church establishment, a planning committee was formed for this purpose.

On November 25, 1981 the Presbytery recognized us as a church that Sunday. There were three important events:

1.) I was installed as the new church pastor.

2.) 65 people were transferred as the new church members.

3.) 5 Elders were newly ordained - Nora Wong, Linda Chan, James Leung, Kam Har Mui and Ho Yuen Mak.

Amongst the guests of honor from the presbytery were: Rev. Carl B. Nelson, Rev. Russell S. Williams, Rev. Philip Park, Elder Paul Alexander, Elder Jack Mackeller and Elder Daniel Lam. The ceremony lasted 2 hours but our memory lasts for long time.
March 18, 1982: The NYS Government recognized our church as a non-profit organization.

In the general meeting.,of 1982, the session's proposal of acquiring a church building was approved. On September 20, 1982, 12 members were selected to form a committee for this project. On October 3, 1982, fundraising was officially launched 1983: Through the efforts of the church members, we had reached our goal for acquiring our own property for $125,000. After a few months of renovations and furnishings, our first Sunday service took place on October 2, 1983. It was the grace of God.

February 1985: the church had experienced financial hardship. In March, we became short on the mortgage payments. In April, the church could not pay the pastor and I voluntarily accepted a 20% pay cut.
1987: I reached the age of retirement. Due to the deterioration of my health, I decided to retire. December 27, 1987 (Sunday), the church held a farewell ceremony for my honorable retirement.

Conclusion: In 2004, after 17 years of retirement, I was appointed as the Moderator of the Session. For the benefit of the church, I accepted. Hopefully we shall have a fulltime pastor in the near future to develop new ministries and make this church a blessing to the community. May His name be glorified! AMEN.
E S. According to Presbyterian rules, a retired pastor should not be involved in any kind of work at the church he/she previously served. Thus, the church history written above is up to 1987, the year of my retirement. 
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