Community Baptist Church (CBC) was established in 1948 by Mrs. Margarita Lake “Mother” Garton, who had a vision to reach Chinese people in the San Mateo area. As the need grew for a place to worship, fellowship, and reach more Chinese people, a congregation was born. In 1958, the group was incorporated as the San Mateo Chinese Baptist Community Church.
In order to reach a wider section of the community, in 1962 the congregation voted to change the name to Community Baptist Church. In 1989, Pastor Jim Kennon had a vision to add an additional service, one that would serve the growing Cantonese speaking population in the Bay Area. Thus the Cantonese service became a reality
in 1990. Twelve years later, Pastor Jenny Quey had a vision to add another service that would reach even more Chinese people. In 2002, the Mandarin-speaking congregation was born. Most recently, in 2005, CBC has been working with a group of believers in order reach the Hispanic community of San Mateo.
From CBC’s beginning through one person’s vision to reach Chinese people in the local area for Jesus Christ, to today’s vision to reach the multi-cultural and diverse community of San Mateo County, God is using CBC to fulfill His Great Commission to make disciples of all people.
We at Community Baptist Church of San Mateo believe...
- that the Bible is God’s Word, written by men divinely and uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit and it is the final authority on matters of faith and conduct.
- that there is only one God, the Creator who exists in three persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
- in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only Savior of the world; in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death, burial, bodily resurrection, ascension to Heaven at the right hand of the Father, and personal return to reign in power and glory.
- that man is sinful and can only be redeemed by the death and shed blood of Christ upon the cross.
- in the resurrection of both saved and lost; the believer to life everlasting and the nonbeliever to the resurrection of condemnation.
- in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling, empowering, and guiding the believer.
- in baptism of believers upon confession of faith.
We envision a place where...
- the members are concerned about the needs of others
- all people sense that someone cares for them for who they are and for who God wants them to be
- people can make good and lasting friendships with each other
- people pray for one another
- God’s love abounds and overflows to all who come
- there is a real love between the congregations that meet here