The founder of Chinese Mission Seminary (CMS), Rev. Jonathan Chao (1938-2004), devoted his life to serve the Chinese churches and help promote theological education in China. Seeing an unprecedented opportunity for evangelism ushered in by the Open-Door policy in 1978, he established the “Chinese Church Research Center” to study the changes the Church had undergone since 1949. In 1984, the Chinese and British governments began discussing the future of Hong Kong. The historical handover of Hong Kong also prompted the churches to rethink their strategies in facing 1997. During a retreat of the Research Center, the staff earnestly prayed and received a vision in unison: To build a seminary in Hong Kong that emphasized mission, in response to the yearning for theological training in churches in China and the fulfillment of The Great Commission. Under the leadership of Rev. Chao, Chinese Mission Seminary was established after three years of preparation. The seminary aims at producing spiritually minded Christian evangelists, pastors and researchers for the work of mission in mainland China.