Timothy Tye
Churches, Chapels & Cathedrals in Penang


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The Churches & Cathedrals of Penang can trace their origin from the time the British settled here to open the island as a free port. Within a few decades since the establishment of George Town, the first churches in Penang have already been built. In addition to the Church of England, which exists to this day as the St George's Anglican Church on Farquhar Street (Lebuh Farquhar), other communities were also building churches in Penang. This includes the Eurasian Catholics who fled Phuket to escape religious persecution. They were invited to settle in Penang. Among them was Martina Rozells, said to be Francis Light's wife.

The Catholic church was initially located in what is now Church Street (Lebuh Gereja), with the bishop dwelling at what is now Bishop Street (Lebuh Bishop). They eventually moved with the construction of the Church of Assumption, today the Cathedral of Assumption, along Lebuh Farquhar. In the earlier days, the congregation worshipping at the Church of Assumption lived along Argus Lane behind the church.

Today the descendents of most of the Eurasians have left Penang to live elsewhere. The churches in Penang are mostly attended by the locals, namely the Chinese and Indians who have embraced Christianity.

On this page I list out the churches that I have been able to identify and describe. For the churches across Malaysia, see my list of the Churches in Malaysia.

Ayer Itam Chinese Methodist Church


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Bagan Jermal Anglican Church


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Bukit Mertajam Baptist Church


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Bukit Tengah St Paul's Church


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Burmah Road Gospel Hall


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Cantonese Methodist Church


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Cathedral of the Holy Spirit


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Chapel of St Anthony


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Chapel of St Mary Magdalene


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Charismatic Church of Penang


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Chinese Methodist Church, Bukit Mertajam


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Christ Church, Air Itam


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Christian Convention Centre


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Church of Divine Mercy, Sungai Ara


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Church of Our Lady of Sorrows


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Church of the Holy Name of Jesus


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Church of the Holy Name of Mary


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Church of the Assumption


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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Pulau Tikus


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Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (ruins)


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Faith Community Church, Bukit Mertajam


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FGA Centre


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Georgetown Baptist Church


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Jelutong Chinese Methodist Church


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Madras Lane Chinese Methodist Church


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Nibong Tebal Gospel Hall


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Penang Baptist Church


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Penang Brethren Church


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Penang Christian Centre


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Penang First Assembly of God


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Peniel Christian Fellowship


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Pentecostal Church of Malaysia


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Prai Baptist Church


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Pusat Keuskupan Katolik


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Reservoir Garden Baptist Church


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Risen Christ Catholic Church


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Seventh-Day Adventist Church


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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church


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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church


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St Anne Church


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St Anthony's Church


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St Francis Xavier Church


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St George's Anglican Church


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St Joachim Hall (former St Anne Church)


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St John Britto Catholic Church


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St Joseph's Novitiate (defunct)


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St Mark's Church


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St Paul's Church


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Sungai Nibong Gospel Hall


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Tabernacle of Grace


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Tabernacle of Praise


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Tamil Methodist Church


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The Salvation Army


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Trinity Methodist Church


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True Jesus Church


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True Light Baptist Church


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Victory Lutheran Church


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Wesley Methodist Church


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Wesley Methodist Church Butterworth


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