Who We Are

Central to our walk with Christ is to know and understand who we are as a church and what we believe. The section will help you with this. This section also covers our churches history affiliations, and governance.

“To know Him and to make Him known”

“To be a community of faith in love with the Lord Jesus Christ, and committed to building His kingdom through intimate worship, faithful discipleship, active evangelism and service”

1. To exalt the Lord in worship
2. To encourage in membership
3. To establish in maturity
4. To equip in ministry
5. To evangelize in missions

• The authority of God’s word
• Unity in Jesus Christ
• Prayer
• Everyone is a minister
• Local and foreign missions
• Strong family and fellowship bonds
• The spiritual growth of each individual
• Multiple generations worshiping and serving together
• Reaching those who do not know Christ
• Strong Bible teaching and preaching
• Passionate worship
• Develop ministries and ministers that impact the kingdom of God

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ, as fully God and fully human, is the only true Lord and Savior. We believe in the deity of Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return in power and glory.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe the Bible, is the divinely inspired record of God’s actions in history, and that it serves as our authority for faith and practice and is the only authoritative Word of God

We believe that individuals become Christians as they confess their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, and that they receive forgiveness of sins through His death and resurrection. We believe Christians have an eternal relationship with God and are given strength and help in living today through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men and women regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost. The saved will be resurrected to life with God eternally. The lost are resurrected to damnation eternally away from God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We demonstrate our new faith in Christ through “believer’s baptism” by immersion, following Jesus’ own example. Baptism serves as a symbol of death to our old life, and resurrection to a new life in Christ.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper in which all believers are invited to symbolically accept the broken body of Jesus and the grace-filled gift given to us in and through Jesus Christ.

Finally, we believe in a personal relationship with the Lord, which compels us to share our faith with all people and live a life in which we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

Sunset Ministries is a part of Growing Healthy Churches (formerly known as American Baptist Churches of the West), a member of the American Baptist Churches- USA Denomination.

Sunset Ministry of San Francisco opened its doors in January 1998 as a church plant of the First Chinese Baptist Church (FCBC) in San Francisco’s Chinatown. A new vision to reach the community outside of Chinatown grew out of FCBC’s Long Range Plan in 1994, and after much study and prayer, the Sunset and Richmond Districts of the City were targeted for the new mission.

FCBC Youth Pastor, Rev. Larry Jay was commissioned to plant and pastor the new ministry. Working with an energetic and excited team, Pastor Larry helped mobilize a grassroots effort of planning and outreach for Americanized Asian families and career adults who were “unchurched,” and not currently active in a congregation.

The first worship celebration was held at 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 1998, at 3010 Noriega Street at 37th Avenue, with a standing room only crowd of over 175 people. From a core of 35 people, the new congregation quickly grew to over 130 in the first year. The church’s vision, “ to be a community of faith in love with the Lord Jesus Christ, and committed to building His kingdom through intimate worship, faithful discipleship, active evangelism and service,” was embraced by its congregation, and Sunset Ministry was quickly recognized as the fastest growing Asian American church in the denomination. Through God’s grace, a family environment was nurtured as an inter-generational mix of all ages (infants to seniors) began to identify Sunset Ministry as their spiritual home, where they sought to live out its mission, “to know Him and to make Him known.” This mission continues to be the cornerstone of the church, and the reason why Sunset Ministry thrives as a spiritual family and a community of faith.