Emmanuel English Church (EEC) is a community where people of all generations and cultural backgrounds gather to experience the joy of being truly loved and fully known by God. As followers of Jesus, our mission is to share his life-transforming message with the world and invite everyone into an authentic and intimate relationship with him. We firmly believe that placing our faith in Jesus and practicing his teachings reveals the true purpose and fulfillment we all long for. At EEC, we are dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming environment where individuals are empowered and nurtured in their spiritual journeys, equipping them to live out their unique calling in the world.

Mission Statement

“Follow Jesus. Be Truly Loved. Be Fully Known.”

  • We Follow Jesus

    “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
    I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” — Mark 2:17

    Jesus came for those who recognize their spiritual neediness, acknowledging their sins and longing for forgiveness and cleansing. By accepting Jesus’ invitation and choosing to follow him, we embark on a transformative journey of discipleship. This call goes beyond mere belief or affiliation, demanding a complete surrender of our own desires and a realignment of our will with God’s. It entails a deliberate effort to emulate Christ in our thoughts, words, and actions, as we seek to live in accordance with his teachings and commandments.

  • We are Truly Loved

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved through him.” — John 3:16-17

    God’s love for us flows freely and abundantly from him. It is a reflection of his unwavering nature and is deeply rooted in his triunity. Through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ, God showcased the profound depth of his love for us. This extraordinary love brings about reconciliation between us and the Father. In embracing God’s love, we are called to love one another as Christ loves us.

  • We are Fully Known

    “But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” — 1 Corinthians 8:3

    To be fully known by God is to experience the power of his love and acceptance even when we are least deserving. It liberates us from the need for validation from the world, as we find solace in the embrace of our Heavenly Father. In his all-encompassing knowledge, we discover a safe haven where we can be vulnerable, authentic, and transparent. God’s love for us remains steadfast regardless of our flaws, failures, and limitations.

Practically, this means…
As those who have repented and believed in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, experienced the forgiveness of our sins, and have publicly professed our faith through baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with God’s grace and help:

1. We commit to follow Jesus together as Emmanuel English Church by:

  • Upholding the truth of the gospel and biblical teaching in worship (2 Tim. 4:1-5)
  • Obeying and living out God’s Word (Jas. 1:22-25; Rom. 12:1-2)
  • Gathering and praying regularly in Jesus’ name to worship him together (Heb. 10:25; Phil. 4:6-7; Acts 4:23-31; Eph. 6:18)

2. We embrace our identity as truly loved by God in the ways we:

  • Love and submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Eph. 2:13-19, 5:21; Col. 3:9-12; Rom. 12:10-15; Gal. 6:2)
  • Share the good news of Jesus in both word and deed; cheerfully and faithfully supporting the church financially so that the gospel would be spread to all nations (Matt. 5:14; 2 Cor. 8:7, 9:7)
  • Pray for each other to grow in Christlikeness and persevere in faith (Matt. 28:19-20, 1 Pet. 3:15-16)

3. We embrace our identity as fully known by God in the ways we:

  • Forgive each other as God forgave us (Col. 3:13; Rom. 5:8)
  • Strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:1)
  • Encourage, guard, and disciple each other in truth (Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:11-14)

Emmanuel Church Confession of Faith

This Confession of Faith is embraced and upheld among the congregations within the Emmanuel Church family. They do not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible, as the inspired and infallible Word of God, holds the ultimate authority in matters of truth, morality, and human conduct. It is the sole and ultimate source that guides all that we believe. 

  1. We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal but distinct divine persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead is equally worthy of the same glory, honor and worship.
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin, and God manifested in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16; Matt. 1:20-23).
  3. The Holy Spirit, being the Counselor sent by Jesus Christ to live forever with his believers, is the Spirit of Truth. His work is to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin, righteousness and judgment (John 14:16-17, 16:8-15).
  4. God created humanity—male and female—in his own image and likeness, free of sin, to glorify himself and enjoy his fellowship. Humankind freely chose to disobey God, bringing sin, death and condemnation. All human beings, therefore, are sinful by nature and by choice. (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 3:10, 23)
  5. The Bible is wholly inspired, the immutable Word of God and the infallible rule of Christian life and service (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12-13).
  6. There is an eternal life for the saved and eternal punishment for the lost (Rev. 20:11-15).
  7. The resurrection from the dead and personal, bodily return of Christ to earth brings a purifying hope to his believers (Acts 1:11; 1 John 3:2).
  8. Justification is by repentance and faith, Man a sinner can be accepted by God only on the ground of faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his resurrection from the dead (Rom. 5:1-2, 6-11, 10:9-13).

The Emmanuel Church was founded by Dr. and & Mrs. Lechmere Clift of the U.K., who had served with the Church Missionary Society in China in the early 1920’s, developing the Emmanuel Medical Mission there. In 1929 they came to Hong Kong and began a ministry in this place.

Before long they rented four ground floor shop spaces on Nathan Road. One space was used as a Chapel, and another for the Fraternity Book Room, later renamed to Emmanuel English Bookroom, which became a well-known evangelical English book-store in Kowloon. This book room continued until the building was demolished in 1978.

Many years have passed, and many changes have occurred, but this was the foundation for the present work of the Emmanuel Church. As time went on, through evangelistic work, Chinese congregations were established. In the present, each church in the Emmanuel Church group selects representatives to serve on the Emmanuel Church Top Council. This council oversees the running of two primary schools, a medical clinic and a nursery, and co-ordinates the activities of the different churches.

Over the years various pastors have served the Emmanuel Church. Following Dr. Clift, Dr. Charles Roberts, who served under the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, became the pastor. Others who have pastored the Emmanuel Church, and the Emmanuel English Church for various lengths of time include the following: Rev. Robert Phillips, Rev. David Adeney, Rev. Duncan Dang, Rev. S. Allen Shirk, Rev. William Teng, Rev. John E. Epp, Rev. Bruce Morrison and Rev. James Buckner.