Detroit Chinese Alliance Church began in 1977. At that time, several couples began to gather, and were led by Herman Tang, Carpus Yip and Peter Chu, and their wives. These three men were studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and every weekend went back and forth as part of the pioneering process to plant a new church.
In June, Pastor Yuxiang He began to serve as lead pastor. In October of the following year, he returned to Canada. After this, Pastor Xinling Mo, a preacher serving with the Windsor Chinese Alliance Chuch came to help the fledgling ministry.
In October, Pastor David Chen, his wife Ann, and their family came to the United States from Taiwan, and began serving with the church plant.
The church was formally established as Metro Detroit Chinese Alliance Church (MDCAC) on April 4. From 1979 to 1984, it had received support from both the Montreal Chinese Alliance Church and the Hebron Church in Hong Kong. After 1984 the church was completely independent of this support. After the installment of Pastor Chen as lead pastor, many church ministries were initiated, such as adult Sunday school, children’s Sunday school, fellowship groups, a church choir, a Chinese school, a Sunday lunch program, etc.
Due to the increase in the number of people, and under the direction of God, MDCAC bought the first church on Livernois Road in Troy in October.
After the church acquired its own building, the number of people began increasing more rapidly, and outgrew the capacity of the Livernois Road church building. In 1989, the church received a loan from the Alliance Development Fund and began work on the purchase of a new church building. In June 1991 the sale was completed and MDCAC acquired the church building on John R Road in Madison Heights.
Brother Daniel Shen graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and became an associate pastor at the church.
After fifteen years of loyal service, Pastor David Chen officially retired and became a consultant pastor.
In September, Daniel was officially appointed as senior pastor. Also at this time, Gideon Tsang began serving as youth pastor (Oasis: 7-12 Grades).
Pastor David Chen was called home to the Lord. Brother David Chang sensed the call of God to full-time ministry and became part of the church’s preaching rotation. Two Chinese worship services began in September.
In October, MDCAC began working with missionary efforts among Chinese in Germany. At the end of October, an expansion of the church building began, projected at 40% of the size of the original facilities.
In August, Brother Kevin Oh became a youth intern and served the youth ministry for a period of one year.
The building expansion was completed in February and was officially opened in March. In April, Brother Kevin Chen became the director of the youth ministry. The first Gospel Camp was held in May and the first Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held in June.
In May, the church’s English Ministry (at that time called “2nd Vision”), was officially established. In August, David Chang graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary and became a full-time evangelist.
In August, Brother Rangfu Chen went to South Carolina to study at Columbia Seminary full-time. Also in August, an effort to begin local church planting of a church at Wayne State University was formally established, and David Chang was assigned as pastor of the ministry. In September, a Middle School Ministry (Refresh) began to worship independently.
In January, Brother Kevin Chen went to Toronto to study at the seminary full-time. Rev. Jim Costello took over as student ministry director. In October, David Chang was officially ordained.
In January, Brother Robert Burns was installed as pastor for 2nd Vision. He and his wife Lisa joined the church as missionary candidates with the Alliance, in preparation for deployment as international workers. In October, the church received three “pictures” of God’s vision for the church: diversity, church planting, and mission. The Rochester Hills church planting group was officially established in December, led by Elder Jerry Chung to promote church planting.
In June, the two Chinese worship services were merged into one. In July, Brother Brent Sickel was installed as pastor of the student ministry, responsible for both Oasis (Grades 9-12) & Refresh (Grades 6-8). In August, Brother Rangfu Chen graduated from seminary and was installed as pastor of the Rochester Hills church planting group.
In January, the Cantonese Ministry was formally established. In April, the Rochester Hills church plant was officially established and named Detroit Chinese Alliance North (DCAN), with Rangfu Chen installed as pastor. In June, Brother Robert Burns was ordained. In September, Chin-Yun Chang became the director of the children’s ministry. In October, Christopher Lui was installed as pastor of the Cantonese Ministry.
In June, Christopher Lui was officially ordained. In August, Brother Ming-Hung Hsu and his family returned to Taiwan to study at a seminary there. In October, Pastor Christopher Lui was led by God to serve a ministry in California.
In April, Rangfu Chen and Brent Sickel were ordained. In August, Pastors Rangfu Chen, Rob Burns, and their families were sent to serve God on the mission field as international workers with the Alliance.
In July, Pastor Karsun Wong accepted a call from God to serve the Cantonese Ministry as pastor.
Since the end of 1997, people have been sent on short-term mission trips to Israel, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, El Salvador, Taiwan and China. Combined, the congregations of MDCAC and her “daughter churches” comprise about 700 adults and children. We sincerely thank God for the grace and work. May God greatly use his brothers and sisters to make more people know Him.