True Light Lutheran Church – Summary


75  years of True Light Lutheran Church history

1904 – Miss Mary E Banta starts missionary work at New York Chinatown May 19, 1904

1935 – Miss Banta founds the True Light Mission and Sunday School

1935 – True Light Mission organized December 31, 1935

1936 – First True Light Mission meeting

1936 – Rev. Louis T. Buchheimer installed as pastor of True Light

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1936 – First Baptism – Easter 1936 

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1936 – True Light Mission on 173 Canal Street

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1937 – Baptism

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1939 – Men’s club

1940 – Rev. Ernest J. Kunsch – pastor

1942 – First confirmation class graduated

1943 – Rev. Ernest Kunsch installed as assistant pastor of True Light

1944 – True Light Mission relocated to 199 Canal Street, second floor

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1946 – Building at 195 Worth acquired for True Light Lutheran Church December 23, 1946 

1946 – True Light congregation temporarily housed at Mariner’s Temple

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1947 – True Light children in the late 1940’s 

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1948 – Demolition of old building September 19, 1948

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1948 – Cornerstone laid December 22, 1948

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1949 – 45th Anniversary of Miss Mary E. Banta’s missionary work in Chinatown 

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1949 – Dedication of the church September 25, 1949 

1951 – Rev. Tober installed as assistant pastor of True Light

1953 – Rev. Paul Chang installed as pastor

1965 – Rev. Yang installed as pastor

1967 – True Light Mission becomes True Light Lutheran Church

1967 – Rev. Henry C. Lubben – associate pastor

1970 – Rev. John D. Peterson – vicar

1975 – Miss Mary E Banta passes away

1982 – Rev.  James Barrand – vicar

1995 – Rev. Tich Luu – pastor

2001 – Rev. Lenny Szeto – pastor

2008 – Rev. Raymond Wong – pastor

2009 – Rev. Leong Wa Chu – pastor

2011 – True Light Lutheran Church 75th Anniversary

2011 – Vicar Matthew Staneck – Vicar

2013 – Rev. Matthew Staneck – pastor

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