Umland family formally joins congregation in 2003- welcome Peter, Kathryn & Anna!
Contemporary Music Group
Senior Women's Choir
College Bible Study Skits
[Copyright 2003 - Victoria News: a newsgroup publication www.vicnews.com article & photo by Don Descoteau, Victoria News Staff.
The following is a direct quote from the article by Mr. Descoteau ]
Caption to the photo, to the left, in the scan of Oct. 29, 2003 news article reads "Rev. Paul Lam of the Chinese Presbyterian Church in Victoria has
history at his fingertips in the form of photos from the early days of his church. Instituted in 1892, the house of worship is Canada's oldest continuously
operated Chinese church.
In the office of Victoria's Chinese Presbyterian Church, Rev. Paul Lam carefully places a large flimsily wrapped cardboard box on the table.
As he peels back layers of weathered-looking paper, faces appear from underneath. They are
the faces of children, church elders and other parishioners, captured in sepia tone photos dating from the early 20th century.
Lam, the 22nd minister installed at the church since it was set up as a mission for Victoria's
Chinese community by the white Presbyterians in 1892, proudly states that his church is
the longest continuously operating Chinese church in Canada.
"I feel very proud of the heritage of our church," he says. "The chruch has done good work over the years,
helping with problems in the community and educating children, not just in
religiion but in Chinese culture."
The church has had four different locations since its beginning, but has been
housed in the current modest building at 802 North Park St. since 1922.