The Golden Gate Church Of Christ (GGCC)
The Golden Years of GGCC
By ART GABOT MADLAING
The Golden Gate Church of Christ (GGCC) started in the mid-30s initially renting places of worship with alternating preachers serving as ministers/evangelists. Eventually, the Golden Gate congregation was able to buy a corner lot located at the corner of 8th Avenue and Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District of San Francisco, California, and subsequently built a church building now located at 701-8th Avenue (near the Golden Gate Park) in San Francisco, California USA. Today, GGCC, which started on August 27, 1937, is celebrating 86th Anniversary!
GGCC was able to select and install elders and deacons in the early 50s, which marked the golden years of the congregation. Historic documents, discovered by the late brother Herman Trinidad, Jr., revealed that GGCC supported mission works in Mexico, Philippines and Europe.
Mission Work in the Philippines
The historic documents also revealed special connection between the Christians in San Francisco, California and the Christians in the Philippines. Minutes of the Meeting of Elders at the Golden Gate Church of Christ in San Francisco, California, dated October 5, 1952, paragraph 9, read: “There was considered a matter of contribution to the Philippine and Mexican work.”
Impact of the Philippine Mission
Ralph Brashears, the late missionary to the Philippines (together with his wife Bernice Brashears), started the Philippine mission work and the Philippine Bible College in Tayug, Pangasinan in the early 50s.
My beloved wife Virginia Jimenez Madlaing, and I (together with our then young daughters Darlene Vi and Wynema Joy) placed our membership with the Golden Gate congregation in 1976. The late Bro Bonner was the minister/preacher at that time. He was succeeded by the late Bro. Morgan Taylor. Other ministers/preachers who served at the Golden Gate congregation include Atty. Paul Love, now serving as Professor at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, Silbano Garcia, Eli Quesada, who served for about 10 years; and James Quitoriano, the present and longest-serving minister of the Golden Gate congregation.
Selection and Dissolution of Elders
The Golden Gate congregation was able to select and install four elders on August 29, 2004, 6:00pm, at the GGCC Auditorium, 701-8th Avenue, San Francisco, California. The late Evangelist Paul Methvin, Founder & Director of Tahoe Family Encampment (formerly Yosemite Family Encampment) installed the following elders: DARRYL C. DARDEN, retired U.S. Army officer who served as former elder at the Weisbaden Church of Christ in Weisbaden, Germany and Hampton Church of Christ in Hampton, Virginia, USA; ODELLE B. LEE, retired U. S. diplomat who also served as former elder at the Williamsburg Church of Christ in Williamsburg, Virginia and Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, Virginia, USA; KAAN Y, CHIN, businessman and retired fire safety inspector and educator with the City and County of San Francisco, California USA; and yours truly (ART GABOT MADLAING), book author, columnist, accredited and commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (DRE #00635976) in California since 1981. Unfortunately, the three elders (Darryl Darden, Odelle Lee and Kaan Chin) moved so the eldership was dissolved.
GGCC is now hosting the global MY ANGEL RADIO San Francisco every Saturday, 1-3 pm (PST) as year-round outreach locally and globally. The Golden Gate congregation hosted recently the SOUL WINNERS WORKSHOP conducted by Jon Rowe, Evangelist and Minister, SOUTHWEST CHURCH OF CHRIST In Phoenix, Arizona USA, and his wife Razzle Rowe using the WE CARE Approach in sharing the gospel to our FRANCS (Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, Neighbors, Co-Workers, Strangers) all year round.
GGCC is also supporting the BOOKS MINISTRY jointly initiated by Bro. Terry Denis, publisher of the Christian World Ministry Quarterly Journal and founder of the RESTORATION BOOKS; Bro. John Jeffry, author of “JESUS CHRIST”, subtitled “The Final Days on Earth Before His Return to Heaven,”; and yours truly (Art Gabot Madlaing) who authored “HISTORICITY OF JESUS” subtitled “Facts and Evidences for Agnostics, Atheists, Believers and Christians,”, “LONGEVITY TIPS,” subtitled “Secrets You Discover and Do for Good Health and Longevity” and other books now printed and marketed though Amazon.
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