Elim Church Singapore

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Elim Church (Singapore)
View of church from Serangoon Road
1°19′26″N 103°51′52″E / 1.32378°N 103.86457°E / 1.32378; 103.86457
Location 1079 Serangoon Road
Singapore 328182
Country Singapore
Denomination Assemblies of God
Churchmanship Pentecostal
Website www.elimchurch.org.sg
Founded 1928
Dedication Friday, 20 October 1939
Senior pastor(s) Rev. Glen Lim Cheng Huat

Elim Church (Singapore) or Elim Church Assembly of God is one of the first Pentecostal churches to be established in Singapore. Founded in 1928, [1] it is the first and oldest Assemblies of God church in the city-state.

The church is located at 1079 Serangoon Road. It is approximately 550 metres from Boon Keng MRT Station.[2]

The church represents a wide range of ages, cultures and backgrounds. It conducts several multi-lingual services on Sundays. All services involve lay participation.


Elim Church began as a small gathering of Christians in 1928. It was pastored by Rev. Cecil and Edith Jackson.

In 1937, the Jacksons were replaced by Rev. and Mrs. Lawrence McKinney. They embarked on a building project for a more permanent premise for the church. After months of prayer, a property at 1079 Serangoon Road was secured. It was a bungalow with a large compound. Rev. McKinney named it Elim Church Assembly of God. A dedication service was held on Friday, 20 October 1939. [3]

And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

Exodus 15:27, KJV.

The church continued to grow until the outbreak of the Second World War (1942–1945). During the Japanese Occupation, lay leaders were appointed to manage the church. They were Lye Eng Hong, Victor Manny, Arthur P. Abeysekera and Yeo Bock Hoe.

After the war, the church came under the care of Rev. Alfred A. McGrew (1949–1953), Rev. R.B. and Avalone Cavaness (1954–1966), Rev. David and Betty Baker (1968–1969), Rev. Fred and Rita Abeysekera (1969–1974), Rev. Cresmerio and Norma Fernandez (1976–1987), and Rev. Dr. Fred and Margaret Seaward (1987–2006). On 1 July 2006, Rev. Glen Lim Cheng Huat took over as Senior Pastor of the church.



The church places an emphasis on the missions field. Its vision is to be a Spirit-filled people and a Spirit-filled Church — reaching the spiritually unresolved in Singapore and beyond.


The church is committed to:

  • Growing upward in worship and celebration.
  • Growing inward in faith and commitment.
  • Going forward in love and unity.
  • Glowing outward in ministry and evangelism.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our History & Heritage,". Elim Church (Singapore). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Driving directions to Elim Church Assembly of God, Google map". Google Inc. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our History & Heritage,". Elim Church (Singapore). Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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