Southwest Chinese Journal (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 11, Ed. 1 Tuesday, November 1, 1977 Page: 15 of 16
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NOVEMBER 1, 1977
REV. and MRS. SHUN CHI WANG
Rev. and Mrs. Shun Chi Wang
Formosan Presbyterian Church
by June Dove Leong
latter part of
1975. a group
them, and they
warmth as they
where was the
and the common
bond of under-
love felt more strongly and deeply as when they came to
the Lord and to His Word. They spoke a common language,
The majority were Prebyterians...there were some Baptist
and those of other denominations.
Rev. Shun Chi Wang, in advanced studies on a Fellowship
since 197^ at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in
Austin, came to their aid in February...driving to
Houston once a month, and later, twice a month.
During the Easter Season at Hilltop Lake, north of Texas
A. & M., their group of 103 adults on a Retreat pondered
the question of emerging into the actuality of a church.
One among them, already a member of the Spring Branch
Presbyterian Church, offered the initiative to present
the possibility of future meetings at the Spring Branch
Administrative powers were elated.
On April 3rd, the Taiwanese Christians united to become
known as the Formosan Presbyterian Church in Greater
Since the first Sunday in June, from 11 A.M. to 12 noon
Sunday worship services have been conducted in the Taiwan-
ese language, with Rev. Shun Chi Wang in Charge in Fellow-
ship Hall at the Spring Eranch Presbyterian Church. Their
children attend English Sunday School with the children of
the regular membership of the Spring Branch Presbyterian
Each Sunday after worship service a noon meal is enjoyed
in Fellowship Hall, Following this, a number of alterna-
tives are selected including women's organizational meet-
ings, special topic speakers, English class for the older
generation, and gymnastic sports.
For generations Rev. Viang's family have been Christians.
His grandfather was converted by a medical missionary in
Taiwan, at the age of 35* His grandmother later entered
the fold, at 32 years. His grandfather was the eldest of
eight children, and when he was 60 years old, became an
Elder in the Presbyterian Church.
There were ten children in Rev. Wang s family, of which
Rev. Wang is the seventh child. His father has been an
Elder for thirty years.
"As you know," explained Rev. Wang, the Chinese place
special emphasis on education. Every evening at our
home, there was family worship time together.
1959 was the year he entered Seminary, and served in the
military, as well. He was assigned to a Naval warship
where he was a medical soldier. Retired from the Navy,
he studied Theology for a year and a half, afterwhich he
spent a year in the Philippines.
In 1964, he returned to Taiwan for an additional 2j years
of Theology, afterwhich two years was spent in Botswana,
Africa as a member of the Agricultural Mission.
He came back to Taiwan for two years, where in 1972, he
completed studies to graduate from the Tainan Theological
Six years total is the requirement for Seminary in laiwan.
In 1972, he served in a church located on the .ilast Coast
of Taiwan and was assistant to the director of the
Aboriginal Development Community Project. The Aboriginals
speak both Mandarin and Japanese and Rev. Viang was able
to communicate through these two channels.
In September 197^i he came to the United States for
advanced scholarship work.
I inquired, "A very important part of a minister's work
is shouldered by the pastor's wife. Tell me how you
"It was during the summer of the fourth year of Seminary
in 1963," smiled Rev. Wang in happy recollection. "I
worked in her church in the middle part of Taiwan...the
Chia Yi East Gate Presbyterian Church."
They were married in 1972. Shu Chen's surname was Tsai,
before Rev. Wang changed it. She is a Business Adminis-
tration graduate of Tai Tong Women's College...has
taught for three years in middle school (junior high
school) in math and music.
"Oh, yes! Shu Chen plays the piano! A minister knows
the assets of his profession," said Rev. Wang lovingly
as he looked to admire his dear wife.
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