Our History

The Chinese Evangelical Church in Edinburgh was founded in April 1996. Our church worship was held at Holy Corner in Morningside for 8 years, before moving to our current location in Mayfield, in 2004. Although originally conceived as a bilingual Cantonese and English speaking Church, a rise in the number of Mandarin speaking people in Edinburgh has led to the inclusion of Mandarin in the Sunday Service. The church now holds separate services for Chinese and English.

1996 Sunday services held by the Chinese Evangelical Church in Edinburgh (CECE) started in May by a group of Chinese Christians. The group consisted of local residents and students originally from Hong Kong and Singapore. The aim was to worship and to share the Gospel with Chinese people in the Edinburgh area.

1999  Edinburgh Taiwanese Christian Group (ETCG) founded by a group of Taiwanese Christians to share and witness the Gospel to Mandarin speaking students.

2001  The Mandarin ministry begins. ETCG joins the Church with a monthly Mandarin Sunday worship service.

2002  The English ministry commences weekly Sunday services.

2003  Cantonese and Mandarin Sunday services combine to form a bilingual Sunday service.

2004  Relocation to our present meeting place, the Mayfield Salisbury Church in August. The Fife Christian fellowship was formed with CECE’s support as an outreach effort in the Fife region. The group meets every Monday for Bible studies and fellowship.

2006  In its 10th anniversary year, the Church appoints its first full-time pastor, Maurie Sween.

2007  The Church appoints a full-time pastor, Joseph Chi.

2010  The Church appoints a full-time pastor, Ian Ching.

2013  The Church appoints a part-time pastor, Angus Moyes, for the English ministry.

2015  The Church appoints two full-time pastors, John-William Noble and Alvin Lee, for English ministry and Chinese ministry respectively.