West Angeles Church of God in Christ

West Angeles Church of God in Christ is a Pentecostal church and a member of the Church of God in Christ denomination. Its main place of worship, the West Angeles Cathedral, is located in the West Adams Historic District of Los Angeles, California.

West Angeles Church of God in Christ
West Angeles Church of God In Christ-Cathedral.jpg
LocationLos Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
DenominationChurch of God in Christ
Weekly attendance24,000
Websitewesta.org
History
Founded1943
Founder(s)Elder Clarence E.
Clergy
Senior pastor(s)Charles E. Blake , since 1969

HistoryEdit

It was founded by Elder Clarence E. Church in 1943.[1] The first sanctuary was located on Adams Boulevard, near Interstate 10, known locally as the Santa Monica Freeway. In 1969, after Elder Church's death, Charles E. Blake took over as the pastor of West Angeles and has continued to serve as its leader. Blake is the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ denomination.[2]

Under Blake's leadership, the church has grown from 40 members to over 24,000. The sanctuary has moved twice, first to a 1,000-seat facility (today called the North Campus) located at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, and then to the present structure, the 5,000-seat West Angeles Cathedral at 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard. The Cathedral (built from steel, granite & stained glass, and round in shape) was dedicated in 1999.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jessie Carney Smith, Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes], ABC-CLIO, USA, 2010, p. 925
  2. ^ "The Presiding Bishop - COGIC.org".
  3. ^ Brian W. Carter, West Angeles Church of God in Christ, lasentinel.net, USA, 20 novembre 2012

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°01′23″N 118°20′03″W / 34.023178°N 118.334298°W / 34.023178; -118.334298