Welcome to Kajang Assembly of God
Welcome to Kajang Assembly of God, where our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds.
What visitors usually notice is the fairly large number of people who attend our weekly services in four languages. Our size has benefits: we’re big enough for you to blend in and investigate the claims anonymously, if you choose to. But if you look closer, you’ll find out that in many ways we’re small.
In fact, we’re actually a network of small groups which we call carecells. If you’d like to develop authentic and enduring relationships with others, then you’ll be glad to know that our open carecells are all ready to receive you into their fellowship.
Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible – a church with relevant teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community, one life at a time.
So whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink into the roots of faith even deeper, you can find a home here KAOG.
You’ll find that this is a place where you really matter – because you matter to God.
Passing through Kajang one day in 1962, Jameson Yeo, a Bible school student, felt burdened to ask God for the town as his mission field. Later, Jameson rented a room in a shophouse called Victory Cafe in Jalan Semenyih to share the Gospel. The first people who attended the meetings were teenagers. Soon the room was crowded with children. In the early days the church faced many difficulties, but the congregation remained faithful.
In mid-1965, the church moved to a single-storey terrace house at 64, Kajang Garden as (Pastor) Jameson had anticipated faster growth. The immediate response, however, was disappointing. The congregation shrunk, and at times no one came. Eventually there were about 20 regulars, mainly young men. The church was financially weak and Pastor Jameson even had to do menial work to make ends meet. Only the pastor and a Bible school student helper gave offerings and tithes.
In 1968 Pastor Jameson’s wife, Sister Lucy Yeo, also a Bible school student, joined him in leading the church. Later that year, he and Lucy moved to Penang to lead Penang First Assembly of God. When they left, there were 12 baptised members at the church in Kajang.
Pastor Jameson’s replacement was Arthur Yoong, also a Bible school student. During this time, many other pastors and missionaries visited the church. The Sunday School and Christ’s Ambassadors — ministries which reached out to children and youths — were also used to bring in “sheep” to the church.
In 1974 the church moved to another single-storey house at 70, Kajang Garden. Later it bought the house. In 1975, a committee was formed to help in the administration of the church. 1974 and 1975 also saw the establishment of outreach churches in Semenyih and Serdang.
A board was elected when the church was officially recognised as a sovereign entity in October 1977. In 1977, too, Rev. Arthur Yoong left to assume the position as treasurer of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. During this period, the church was administered by the board and Sis. Evelyn Toh.
In May 1978, Rev. and Mrs K.K. Sinnadurai were invited by the board to lead the church. Pastor Sinnadurai agreed to accept the charge until a permanent pastor was found. He was also serving at the Bible College of Malaysia as business manager and part-time teacher.
There were about 60 members, mainly young working adults and students, in the English section. In 1979, we began to increase our involvement in missions through Faith promises. We also started planting more outreaches and sending more men to Bible school. At this time, too, the Tamil and Mandarin sections were established.
Initially, Pastor Sinnadurai handled both groups. Later, he enlisted the help of Rev. L. Jeyapalan, Rev. Peter Alfred and Rev. Alfred Manickam in the Tamil section. Then, Rev. Elijah Rajendran was taken in as a full-time pastor for the Tamil congregation.
Pastor Sinnadurai pioneered the Mandarin section with the help of Bro. Steven Lee. When the work began to grow, Pastor James Loh was assigned to lead it.
In 1985, the Bahasa Malaysia section was formed. Members who served as interpreters for Pastor Sinnadurai were Sis. Alison Kong, Pastor Joshua Low, Pastor Johnny Lim and Pastor Jeremiah Kong.
Meanwhile, the church purchased a piece of land in Kajang Garden to put up a building. In time though, the land was seen as “not big enough” to cater to the needs of the growing congregation, and the board had to rethink its plans. The church bought another piece of land in Jalan Timur (0.5 acre) for RM147,000 at an auction in 1989. The purchase was funded entirely by proceeds from the sale of the land in Kajang Garden, and donations from churches, individuals and our own members.
After paying for the land on 20 January, 1989, the church applied to the district council for permission to build a bungalow. The building plan was approved on 21 May, 1992.
On 28 February, 1993, Rev. Arthur Yoong presided over the groundbreaking ceremony at the site. Construction, however, only started a few months later. The cost of construction was estimated at RM700,000. We already had RM500,000 in hand from donations and the sale of the terrace house (our former church building) in Kajang Garden.
In the course of construction the contractor wanted to stop work due to some problems, but he agreed to continue after much persuasion. One-and-a-half years later, the building was completed. But the church’s application for a certificate of fitness was rejected by the district council. Our initial appeals were not successful but we did not give up. Eventually, on 20 September 1995, the CF was granted.
The church moved from Wisma Long to the new building in April 1996 with the help of members from the various sections. The entire project, including the purchase of the land and furnishing, cost RM1.15 million.