Hope Evangelical Free Church
of San Francisco

Hope Evangelical Free Church

Our History

Hope Evangelical Free Church was the fruit of a church plant.  A new church was needed at the time when we had outgrown the church facility located at 756 Union Street in the North Beach-Chinatown area.  In 1996, under the leadership of Pastor Wing So, senior pastor of the San Francisco Evangelical Free Church, a church plant committee was formed in the summer of 1997.   The church planting committee was chaired by Peter Fong with Carrie Ling, Kenny Wong, John Chia, and Pastor Steve Lo as members.  The committee met and planned for about 10 months and at the same time, Pastor Sonny Wan was called to be the adult pastor to lead this new church plant.  In early 1999, a church site was located in the Sunset District of San Francisco.  On March 7th, 1999 the first English service was held at the Community Church of the Brethren located at the corner of Noriega Street and 34th Avenue in the Sunset District of San Francisco.  In the beginning the services were attended by brothers and sisters of the San Francisco Evangelical Free Church and the Community Church of the Brethren.  In October of 2000, Hope Evangelical Free Church was found and the church board was elected and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the State of California. 
In July of 2012 we moved our ministry and worship to a rented facility at 3601 Noriega Street, corner of 43rd Avenue.  Once again, we praise and thank God for providing us a place where we can worship Him.

Evangelical Free Church of America

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches and church plants united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. We are committed to cooperate with one another in ministry and fellowship as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission which Christ has entrusted to His Church. The growing ministry of the EFCA currently extends to some 50 countries of the world.

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of some 1,500 autonomous and interdependent churches and church plants united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God. We are committed to cooperate with one another in ministry and fellowship as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission which Christ has entrusted to His Church. The growing ministry of the currently extends to some 50 countries of the world.

The terms "Evangelical" and "Free" in our society have come to mean different things to different people. Though they may seem outdated to some, or watered down to others, we invite you to read the definitions below to get a glimpse of why they are foundational to us as a denomination. Though they may be older terms, they are as relevant today as when they were chosen by our EFCA forefathers.

What does "Evangelical" mean?

The term "Evangelical" refers to our faith, our theology. We are committed to the proclamation of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, and to the Scriptures as being the inspired, inerrant, authoritative and sufficient Word of God.

What does "Free" mean?

The term "Free" refers to our polity, our structure and organization. We are committed to a congregational form of government.

In sum, we are evangelical, which is an affirmation of our "like faith," our theology, our theological convictions; we are free, which is an affirmation of our polity, our structure, our organization—we are autonomous, congregationally governed, and interdependent.

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CHURCH STAFF

Lead Pastor:  Damon Au
EMAIL:  DAU828@YAHOO.COM

Associate Pastor:  Anthony Bong
EMAIL:  BongAnthony88@GMAIL.COM


Executive Board   

Chairperson: Peter Fong

Treasurer: Jennie Jow

Secretary: Gary Wong

Facility Chairperson:  John Chia

Adult Ministry Chairperson: James Chia


 

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6
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