Teng Shih K'ou Congregational Church

Teng Shih K'ou Congregational Church (Chinese: 燈市口公理會教堂; pinyin: Dēngshìkǒu Gōnglǐhuì Jiàotáng; Wade–Giles: Têng Shih K'ou Kung-li-hui Chiao-t'ang), often simply referred to as Teng Shih K'ou Church (燈市口教堂), was a Congregational church located at Teng Shih K'ou in Tung-ch'eng District, Peking. It was the largest Protestant church in Peking.[1]

Teng Shih K'ou
Congregational Church
Teng Shih K'ou Church
Teng Shih K'ou Congregational Church.jpg
Teng Shih K'ou Church in 1919
LocationTung-ch'êng ch'ü, Peking
Founder(s)Eliza Jane Gillett Bridgman
Functional statusDemolished
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsBrick, stone


Built in 1864, as part of Bridgman Girls' College founded by Eliza Jane Gillett Bridgman,[2] the Teng Shih K'ou Church was the oldest of the American Board Mission churches in Peking. According to Sidney D. Gamble, it was "a beautiful example of Gothic architecture".[3] The membership roll of the church included some three hundred families, notable for its well-trained pastor and a large number of well-to-do congregants.[4]:338

The church was under the care of Henry Blodget (1825–1903),[5] before being burnt down in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1902, it was rebuilt by William Scott Ament.[6][4]:324 During the Republican era (1912–1949), the church was involved in numerous charitable activities. For instance, a speech in English given by Nellie Yu Roung Ling took place at the church in 1921, in aid of the "School for Poor Children" charity funds.[7]

In 1958, in order to support the Great Leap Forward campaign, the sixty or so churches in Beijing (Peking) were forced to combine their worship services at four facilities, Teng Shih K'ou Church was one of them.[8] During the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), the church was demolished by Red Guards.[9]


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  5. ^ Annual Report - American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Volumes 79-82. American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. 1889. p. 78.
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