About OBCF

About the Church

OBCF weekly services and special events are held at the International Community Church in Allston, MA. We share the building with a diverse group of congregations including Immanuel Deaf Church, Boston Church for Mission (Korean), Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church (Russian), Shalom Baptist Church (Portuguese) and our host church, the International Community Church (www.icc-boston.com).

 

Directions

By Public Transportation:
The International Community Church is accessible by bus or train. The following bus stops are nearby the church:

  • #57 stop at the intersection of Cambridge and Gordon Street
  • #64 stop at the intersection of Cambridge and North Beacon Street
  • #66 stop at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Brighton Avenue

The church is also a short walking distance from Warren Street stop on the green line B train. Street parking is available for free on Cambridge Street and Gordon Street as well as on neighboring streets.

 

Our Story and Ministry

Overseas Burmese Christian Fellowship (OBCF) is a Baptist congregation with members who share their common roots from Burma (Myanmar). We gather to worship and praise the Lord as well as to continue our common Burmese heritage through speaking the language, sharing the food and social culture.

OBCF was founded over twelve years ago in Boston, Massachusetts. In the mid ’90s, a group of faithful believers gathered in Allston and studied the Bible under the guidance of Saya Maung Maung Yin. Later through the hard work and encouragement of Reverend Zaw Wynn Tan this church was founded in May 1997 and named Overseas Burmese Christian Fellowship. Since then we have celebrated our anniversary in conjunction with the Burmese New Year Festival each and every year.

Although we are a small group, our strength and unity comes from our common love for God and our homeland. Our ministry work includes raising donation for seminaries in Burma, providing scholarships for students here and abroad and working with refugees from Burma in the greater Boston area. We celebrate our journey and share our gratefulness of God’s love. The church is currently under the leadership of Reverand Maung Maung Htwe.

 

Church Leadership

Overseas Burmese Christian Fellowship is currently under the leadership of Reverend Maung Maung Htwe. In addition to our pastor, we also have a steering committee of church members for spiritual, social and financial direction for the organization. We elect the leaders for the steering committee at the beginning of each calendar year. Currently, the President of OBCF is Jessica Ong who has been a long time member of the church since her childhood days. The OBCF Secretary is Benedict Than Soe who has also grown up with OBCF.

 

About Reverend Maung Maung Htwe

Reverend Maung Maung Htwe is the head pastor of the Overseas Burmese Christian Fellowship. He has been with OBCF since its founding days and he has experienced every up and down of the group’s journey over the past twelve years.
Born and raised in Burma, Rev. Htwe first received a degree in Chemistry from Rangoon Arts and Sciences University. After a few years in the real world, he entered Myanmar Institute of Theology and completed a degree in Bachelors of Divinity. Rev. Htwe then taught at the Pwo Kayin Theological Seminary in Burma.

 

Rev. Maung Maung Htwe came to Boston in 1997 to pursue a degree in Master of Sacred Theology (STM) at Boston University. After he finished his STM, he began his studies for Doctor of Ministry in Andover Newton Theological School. During his pursuit of a doctorate, he went back to Burma and married Nant Khin Khin Aye in 2001. Their first child Teresa May Maung was born in 2002.

After he received his doctorate in 2007, he went back to Burma in July of the same year. As soon as he got back to Burma, Rev. Htwe took on a teaching job in Pwo Kayin Theological Seminary and served the local community, including during the disastrous Hurricane Nargis in the spring of 2008. His son Samuel Maung was born in July 2008. In the same year Rev. Htwe came back to the United States with his family to serve as the head pastor of OBCF.