Albuquerque Chinese Baptist Church was formerly the Oriental Mission of First Baptist Church of Albuquerque. When Rev. John Tusiri and his family immigrated to Albuquerque in 1976, he saw the needs among the Far East refugees in the area. He and his family began to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of those refugees who spoke Thai and Chinese. The First Baptist Church ordained him as the pastor of Oriental Mission. He served faithfully for 15 years, from 1978 to 1993. The Oriental Mission continued to evolve and her congregation changed. After Rev. Tusiri’s retirement, the coworkers worked to help the mission grow and mature. At the end of 1997, with blessings from the First Baptist Church, Oriental Mission became the Albuquerque Chinese Baptist Church.