Gereja Faith Methodist
Faith Methodist Church is Queenstown’s first Methodist church. Built at a cost of $350,000, the Church was officially dedicated on 26 June 1967 by Bishops Robert Lundy and Hobart Baumann Amstutz. The Church is named in memory of Faith Goh, whose parents Dr and Mrs Goh Kok Kee were gracious donors to the Church’s building fund.
Before the sanctuary was completed, worship services were conducted in the open field and later, in a temporary shed. The first open-air worship service was conducted on the Easter Sunday, 18 April 1965. Gerald Liew, 85, was a long-time worshipper at the Church. He reflected, “Everything was very primitive then and there were around 40 of us standing in the middle of a field. There was neither a public address system nor musical accompaniment. So, we sang the hymns from memory.”
The founding pastor, Nga Tieng Chieng, added, “The church trustees first purchased this plot of land in 1964 and it was surrounded by farms and swamps. I recalled losing one of my shoes to the swampland when I visited the site!”
Faith Methodist Church underwent major renovations in 1976 and 1986 to cater to its growing congregation. In 2002, the old sanctuary was demolished to facilitate the construction of a $12 million building that could house a 1000-seat sanctuary, kindergarten, library and columbarium.