Chinese Independent Baptist Church (CIBC) began over 100 years ago as a neighborhood church serving Oakland's Chinatown. The church recognizes and appreciates God's providential care, provision and faithfulness in its growth from very modest beginnings in 1906 to now occupy an expanded site on eighth and ninth streets and in its effective ministry to over 800 people every Sunday. The church emphasizes preaching, teaching and obeying the Word of God. It is committed to sound biblical teaching and has a long history of training and sending future pastors, missionaries and church leaders throughout the world.

While serving the Cantonese, Mandarin, and English speaking community, we reach out to all that want to learn God's word. By working with various fellowship ministries and outreach groups we have continued an emphasis on evangelism and spiritual growth while trying to instill Christ-likeness in all we come into contact with. Whether it is working with small groups locally, fellowship groups within the church or with the various mission groups throughout the world, we strive to meet the spiritual needs and growth that so many need and desire. Through these many years of spreading the gospel to the community and the growth we have observed, we have remained a biblically sound, family oriented church that desires to meet the spiritual needs of your family.


Reverend Philip Gee, English Congregational Pastor

Pastor Philip spent most of his childhood as a missionary kid in Hong Kong and Singapore. At age 14, he sensed God's call to vocational ministry. He is a graduate of Multnomah University (ThB) and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM and D. Min). Philip enjoys preaching, mentoring people for ministry, and teaching from God’s Word. He was ordained in 1991 and has served in Chinese churches in Sacramento, San Jose, Arlington (TX), and Davis. He has also gone on or led missions trips to Asia, England, and Mexico. Philip and his wife, Kim, have two children- Joshua and Katelyn. In his spare time, Philip enjoys garage sales, cooking, time with his family, jogging, sports, and visiting museums.

Reverend Joseph Pang, Cantonese Congregational Interim Pastor

Pastor Joseph Pang graduated from Columbia Bible College and Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina 6/1990 with a Master of Divinity degree. Since then, he returned to the Bay Area and served in various Chinese churches. For the first 15 years, he served as English pastor, then served as pastor for Chinese speaking congregations. Currently, Pastor Joseph is the Cantonese Congregational pastor. 

Reverend Timothy Lin, English Youth Pastor

Pastor Tim was born in Taiwan and moved with his family to the United States when he was 7 years old. He grew up in the Bay Area and always had an interest in art and music. Even though he attended church all his life, it wasn't until he was in college that he truly understood the gospel and became a follower of Jesus Christ. After working for several years as a graphic designer, and serving faithfully at his church, Tim felt the call to full time ministry and decided to pursue training at the Master's Seminary in Southern California. After completing his M. Div studies in 2015, he moved back to the Bay Area to serve as the English Youth Pastor at CIBC. Tim and his wife Christina have been married since 2016, and recently celebrated the birth of their daughter Olivia. In his spare time, Tim enjoys audiobooks, sci-fi movies, art, music, and video games.

Pastor Patrick Lai, Cantonese Assistant Pastor

Pastor Patrick was born in Macao, China and was educated in Hong Kong and accepted Christ as Lord in his high school years. Pastor Patrick came to USA with his family and completed his engineering degree and worked in various electronic engineering companies in the Bay Area while actively serving in the local church. He felt the call to prepare for full-time ministry in the Chinese communities and completed his Master of Divinity degree in the Master's Seminary in 2015. He began to serve in CIBC as a pastoral intern in 2016, and then as the Cantonese Assistant Pastor in 2017. Pastor Patrick and his wife Polly has two children Austin and Nathan.

Eric Arnason, English Worship Director

Eric was born and raised in Metro Detroit, but came to CIBC in 2015 to serve on staff as our English Worship Director. He is a graduate of Northland International University, where he received his bachelors in Bible and Missions. Eric is also a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts, where he received his certification in Digital Media Arts. He has spent over 15 years in Chinese culture and ministry. He and his wife, Laura, have three children: Shiloh, Avery, and Rhoan. 

For fun, Eric enjoys time with his family and friends, getting out in nature, blogging, composing music, making videos, and drinking boba tea. But above all, he has a heart to "flesh out" the gospel through worship arts, evangelism, and biblical soul care.

Reverend Larry Wong, Mandarin Congregational Interim Pastor

Pastor Larry Wong was born in Hong Kong and went to Canada for his undergraduate study. He received his B.Sc. in physics from the University of Toronto and then pursued his graduate degrees in particle physics in Ottawa. After graduation he conducted electrical engineering research for Bell-Northern Research. Sensing God’s calling for full-time ministry, he moved to Dallas together with his family in 1993 to begin his seminary training at the Dallas Theological Seminary. After receiving his Master of Theology, he served at the Dallas Chinese Bible Church and then came to the Bay Area to serve at the Sunset Chinese Baptist Church. He engaged in a church planting mission in the mid-peninsula area for two years before coming to serve at CIBC. Pastor Larry has been happily married to Mary and has two daughters, Evangeline and Pauline. He loves to study particle physics and cosmology in his leisure time.

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