Find a Church

We understand that being a progressive Asian American Christian can be lonely sometimes. So we’ve crowdsourced a list of progressive churches throughout the country in case you are looking for a faith community. We look at 3 major criteria when including a church in this list:

  • Affirmation of the complete humanity and human rights of LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Affirmation of women in leadership roles within the church (does not always mean that lead pastor is female)
  • Involvement in social justice issues such as anti-racism and pro-immigrant activism, LGBTQ+ advocacy, creation care, etc. (All the things included in our Statement on God’s Justice!)

Please note that this crowdsourced list is subject to change. Inclusion on this list does not represent endorsement by the organization Progressive Asian American Christians. We encourage you to visit these church websites and/or contact church staff as you search for a faith community aligned with your progressive beliefs.

You can also submit a listing for consideration. All suggestions are subject to PAAC moderator approval.

Address: 855 Middle Neck Road
11024
Denomination:
City: Great Neck
State:
Notes:

Korean-American priest leads both English and Korean services. Both services are identical, the only difference being language.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Languages: Korean
Address: 1411 Oak St
94501
Denomination:
City: Alameda
State:
Contact Person(s): Pastor Samuel Yun
Notes:

Started around 5 yrs ago. Children’s ministry available.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 98
Address: 75 N Marengo Ave
91101
Denomination:
City: Pasadena
State:
Church Website: https://fbcpasadena.com/
Contact Person(s): John Jay Alvaro (lead pastor)- johnjay@fbcpasadena.com; Lindsay Dorman (family pastor)- lindsay@fbcpasadena.com; Grace Goodman (PAAC member)- gracemaeng@gmail.com
Notes:

The church recently took a public stance as LGBTQIA+ affirming. The church is also involved in social justice issues and organized one of the local vigils for George Floyd in partnership with the Pasadena chapter of BLM. Last, there are several women in leadership, including two of the three current pastors and half the deacon board.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 15
Languages: English
First Chinese Presbyterian Church - NYC
Address: 61 Henry Street
10002
Denomination:
City: New York
State:
Church Website: http://www.fcpc.org
Contact Person(s): Henry Kuo (PAAC member and occasional preacher)
Notes:

This entry applies to the English Congregation that meets at 1:00 pm on Sundays. FCPC is one of the oldest Asian-American churches in the nation, having been established in 1910. The Moderator of the Session is Rev. Laura Jervis of Rutgers Presbyterian Church, and the current head of staff, Elaine Shao, leads the Cantonese Congregation. The English Congregation is largely lay-led; Sunday services are led by visiting preachers. The college and career fellowship group (BASIC) is involved with social justice issues and are LGBTQ+ affirming.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 98
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Address: 2420 E Third St.
47401
City: Bloomington
State:
Church Website: http://www.firstuc.org
Contact Person(s): Jennifer Duann Fultz
Notes:

Progressive congregation in a college town. Mostly older demographic but some young families and college students. Liturgically-structured worship service with a mix of modern and traditional prayers and music.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 1
Languages: English
Mission Hills United Church of Christ
Address: 4070 Jackdaw Street
92103
City: San Diego
State:
Contact Person(s): The Rev. Courtney Mys, Bridge Pastor
Notes:

Our church is an Open and Affirming congregation welcoming all to join us in social justice and service work.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 8
Languages: English
Presbyterian Church in Leonia
Address: 181 Ft. Lee Rd.
07605
Denomination:
City: Leonia
State:
Church Website: http://leoniapres.org/
Contact Person(s): Rev. Dr. Leah Fowler
Notes:

A racially diverse, LGBTQ+ affirming church with over a century-long history, located in Leonia, NJ. Throughout the 1990’s the town of Leonia has seen great changes in its ethnic make up. In 1997 a group called the “Asian Ministry Project” was formed in order to study how to best move the Church forward. Through the assistance of Hyun K. Sung, an Assistant in Ministry, the project helped to start some much needed community conversation. These efforts continue today with such projects as English conversation classes and ESL Bible study. Also in 1997 a major building renovation created a warm and inviting space in the sanctuary and attached meeting spaces. In 1998 the Leonia Ecumenical Youth Group celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. For much of it’s history and continuing today the group uses the Presbyterian Church as it’s home. Our Church is committed to these ministries as well as other local and world wide missions.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Celebrating Pride 2019 / Photo by Aaron Lesaca
Address: 1807 S Stevens St
98144
Denomination:
City: Seattle
State:
Church Website: SPAAC Church
Contact Person(s): Aya Sato (seattlepaac@gmail.com), Rev. Thomas Yang (pastorthomasyang@gmail.com)
Notes:

SPAAC Church is a sacred space for us to come and rest in our identity.

SPAAC Church started August 11th, 2019 by Rev. Thomas Yang and SPAAC Founder, Aya Tiffany Sato.

We’ll be deconstructing and decolonizing the traditional church model. There is no set location, preacher, or worship for SPAAC Church.

Join our Facebook group to connect with us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattlepaac/
Visit our Church Archive to preview services: https://www.seattlepaac.org/church-service

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 90
Languages: Primarily English
Westbury United Methodist Church
Address: 5200 Willowbend Blvd
77096
Denomination:
City: Houston
State:
Church Website: http://westburyumc.org
Contact Person(s): Danny Yang
Simeon Kwan
Weili Hsu
Notes:

Multiethnic church led by Asian American pastor in very diverse neighborhood.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Approximate % Asian: 10
Languages: English
Address: 2504 Broadway
10025
Denomination:
City: New York
State:
Notes:

Multi-ethnic congregation. Services in English and Spanish. Operates groups for college students, 20s/30s, and those who identify as LGBTQ+, among others. Reconciling in Christ (RIC); fully LGBTQ+ affirming and welcoming.

Affirms women in leadership?: Yes
Involved in social justice issues?: Yes
LGBTQ+ affirming?: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish