In the beginning…

Our Brethren roots in Singapore can be traced to the mid-19th century with the arrival of Philip Robinson (Robinson Department Store of today had its origin from the store he established) and his family from Bristol in 1857.  On 3rd July 1864, he opened “Mission Rooms" at 103 Bencoolen Street for worship and gospel services. Two years later, on 30th September 1866, it was renamed the Bethesda Chapel and moved to 77 Bras Basah Road with a small congregation of 10 believers.

Fifty years later, in 1936, Bethesda Chapel planted a church, Bethesda (Katong) Church (BKC) at 17 Pennefather Road in the fast growing eastern part of Singapore. In 1964, BKC planted a new church, Bethesda Frankel Estate Church (BFEC), in a new housing area of that name.

Early Years

In 1973, a group of leaders and youths from Bethesda Frankel Estate Church (BFEC) felt the burden to bring the gospel to the newly developed Chai Chee and Bedok housing estates. A small Bible study group was started in the home of Madam Leonie Tay in Chai Chee, which in 1974 moved to the home of our late Elder Francis Lim and his wife, Sister Poh Tin. 20 people attended the inaugural worship service while the Sunday School began with 15 children.  Together with Elder Chia Hong Hoe (known to all as Papa Chia), this small group formed the humble beginnings of what is now BPMC.

First Move

When their home could no longer house this growing embryonic church, the congregation moved to Sennett Road in 1976 and named their church, Bethesda Bedok Mission Home (BBMH), and later Bethesda Bedok Mission Church (BBMC) when it gained autonomy from its mother-church, BFEC.

Second Move

In 1996, BBMC moved to Pasir Ris New Town to start the work in this fast developing HDB estate and the church was re-named Bethesda Pasir-Ris Mission Church (BPMC). The first inaugural combined (English-Mandarin-Filipino) worship service was held on 21 July 1996.

Today, BPMC has three congregations with four worship services comprising almost 800 adults, youths and children.