Samuel Li

Grace Chinese Fellowship, California
Lead Church Planter
Lake Forest  California
Grace Chinese Fellowship
May 23
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About My Family

I was born and raised in mainland China as an atheist and moved to the United States in 1996 to pursue my dream of being a successful businessman by getting my master's degree in business administration (MBA). But God gave me a different dream and saved my wife and me while I was at business school.

Twelve years later, He called me to preach the gospel and make disciples. We hesitated for a couple of years and then answered His calling to become equipped at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and serve as a pastor in Arkansas. We then moved to California in 2017 to plant churches.

About My Church Plant

We are exploring house church models by utilizing our home and hopefully the homes of others to reach lost neighbors and build a tight relationship among believers to practice loving God and loving one another.

We have had successes and learned quite a few lessons, but God is gracious and is building our faith by showing us His power and way.

NAMB Church Planting

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The Mandarin-speaking Chinese are the largest unreached people group in North America. Southern California is one of the main regions where first-generation Chinese live. Please pray for God to open doors for us to meet more lost people and give us the courage and wisdom to reach them. Please pray for God to bring more mature Christian couples to build His family together.


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