The Presbyterian Church at Orchard Road

The small Presbyterian community in colonial Singapore gathered for worship as early as the 1820s in a modest chapel built using East India Company funds. Because of its small size, it was often referred to in Malay as ‘Greja Kechil’, meaning ‘little church’. It was not until the arrival of Rev. Thomas McKenzie Fraser in 1856 that a formal Presbyterian congregation was formed in Singapore. A new church building befitting this small Christian denomination was finally constructed in 1878 at the site of what is now the Orchard Road Presbyterian Church.