Significant growth and outreach
In 1981, Pastor Prachuab took over as full-time pastor. His leadership helped grow the church in attendance, membership, and finances. Also, in 1981, our church was also formally accepted as a church in the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination under the Presbytery of the Pacific.
In 1981, we also started to minister to refugees of the Vietnam War residing in the Long Beach region of the County of Los Angeles. Many Laotians and Cambodians became Christian through this outreach. The Lao-Cambodian Presbyterian Church of Long Beach was founded through this ministry. In 1988, we arranged to share the facility of First Presbyterian Church in El Monte, under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of San Gabriel. Our church also changed its name to “First Thai Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.”
Throughout the years we have also reached out to Thai Christians in other parts of the United States and have helped establish the following churches:
- The Thai Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth
- The Thai Presbyterian Church of Chicago
- The Thai Presbyterian Church of New York
- Thai Community Church in New York City.
- First Thai Presbyterian Church, San Jose, California with Rev. Dr. Prachuab Dechawan as an organizing pastor.
- The First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, Nevada with Rev. Dr. Prachuab Dechawan as an organizing pastor.
In 1995, we relocated again through the purchase of an existing church in Covina, California in our current location at 1047 N. Barranca Ave., Covina, CA 91722.
Time of Transition
In 2006, Rev. Dr. Prachuab Dechawan retired and Rev. Thanit Osiripaibul replaced him as church pastor. Pastor Prachuab moved on to Nevada to continue as pastor of the Thai church in Las Vegas. In 2009, Pastor Thanit resigned and permanently moved to Thailand. While the church Nominating Committee searched for a new pastor, Dr. Boonratna Boayen served as Temporary Supply Pastor. In 2011, the Rev. Chaluay Ruangchan became the church Interim Pastor, and he served the church for two years.