History & Mission

History & Mission


Front EntranceIn 1993, the Chinese Christian Union Church purchased the former On Leong Merchant Association Building from the federal government. This 30,000 square foot building is Chinatown’s only historical landmark. In addition to using the building for its youth and Mandarin language ministry, the church created the Pui Tak Center. In Chinese, “pui tak” means to build character or cultivate virtue. Since its founding in 1915, CCUC has had a deep commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the community. But it was also concerned about serving the needs of new immigrants. At various times in history, it offered English classes for adults, sponsored homework tutoring and Chinese language classes for children, and opened its gym to the community. The church started the community’s first preschool in 1953. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, a time in which there were few physicians in Chinatown, the church hosted a monthly volunteer medical clinic. Initially, the Pui Tak Center offered its programs out of the church’s building. Following the building’s renovation in November 1995, however, the center moved into the Pui Tak Building. The grand opening received great public attention, including an article by the Chicago Sun-Times entitled “Chinese Church Gives Landmark a Rebuilt Image.” The Pui Tak Center’s programs are based on following the ministry of Jesus. Our theme verse comes from Mark 10:45 – “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”