Community History

Our ministry heritage began with the founding of SCBC on April 21, 1974 as a Korean church in Songtan. Kim Soon Myong was the founding pastor. Shortly after, Bae Kook Soon became the senior pastor on January 1, 1979. Pastor Bae is still serving as the pastor of the church to this very day. SCBC is part of the Korea Baptist Convention.

The church has basically been in the Dogok dong area since its start, but has seen two location moves all within 200-300 meters of the original location near present day Route 1, which locally connects Osan City with Pyeongtaek City (this is not to be confused with the major Expressway # 1, which is similar to an interstate highway in the USA).

In July of 1983, the church moved to its current location and began tent services. Church members faithfully worshipped the Lord in those tents through the heat, cold, rain, and snow for almost three years. In 1986, the congregation moved into the not yet completed main sanctuary building of present day (only the first floor was completed). By March 1989, the current main sanctuary building was fully completed and dedicated.

For the next decade, by God’s grace, the church experienced an explosion of growth. The church reached five hundred members in 1995 and then grew to one thousand by 2000.  During this time the education building was completed (1997). Also, the preschool and kindergarten was started in 1998.

The English Ministry began as a mission outreach of the Korean church to the English speaking community in the area. The Korean congregation saw they were in close proximity to a large number of American military and government personnel in the area (Osan Air Force Base and Camp Humphreys) who needed to be reached for Christ. Further, because of growth in the area, there were other foreign expats who spoke English who needed to be reached with the Gospel. This led to the church beginning public worship services in the English language in the Spring of 1988.

Those public services began with Pastor Bae leading one American man in the worship of the Lord at his office desk. It did not take long for the number of worshippers to outgrow that office. Over the years, the English congregation has grown into a full, international church body. SCBC is officially part of the Southern Baptist Convention (USA) through the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (state level), and is affiliated with the Asia Baptist Network (local level). As a result, SCBC is a testimony to God’s glory and grace that transcends ethnicity, culture, and language. To God be the glory!

 

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