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Rev. George E. Hurtt
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
The Rev. George E. Hurtt is clear on his mission as pastor-teacher of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
"My goal is to win more Christians and develop better Christians to the glory of God. That means the main focus is people and God is the centerpiece of it all," he said, and his first step in fulfilling that charge is keeping the Word of God at the core and foundation of Mount Sinai.
Under Rev. Hurtt's leadership, the 69-year old church has grown spiritually and numerically. Increased emphasis on Christian education and community outreach has resulted in additional worship services to accommodate the growing membership. Also, Rev. Hurtt has embraced innovative strategies without compromising the Gospel.
"I'm trying to encourage our people to do more, and do some things a different way, yet maintain the foundation established under former Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. We have the normal ministries of a regular church, but we try to approach them all in a new and creative way.
"Also, outreach is definitely a strong focus of ours right now. Mount Sinai recently launched the Galatians 6:10 Foundation for our various outreach endeavors and made a 10-year commitment, in partnership with various churches and Food For The Hungry, to continue supporting Haiti.
"We are also getting ready to open a homeless shelter so we're looking to buy a house in the neighborhood for that purpose," he said. In addition, Mount Sinai operates a weekly soup kitchen, providing free meals to the community.
"Every week, we ask members to contribute $1 which funds our soup kitchen and goes toward the down payment on our house. Then, I go to Haiti four times a years to continue our work to help rebuild that country spiritually, physically and socially.
"I always felt it was important to help others and we are using our church to help emphasize it more because our foundation is in place. Mount Sinai members have always had that concern. You can't tell the Gospel without helping other people," said Pastor Hurtt.The son of a Pentecostal bishop, Rev. Hurtt accepted the call to the ministry in 1995. He graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1998, with bachelor's degrees in Health Services Administration and Religious Studies. He also holds a Master's of Health Management and Policy and Master's of Divinity degrees.
Rev. Hurtt was previously a U.S. Naval Officer and served as associate pastor at Mount Sinai before being elected senior pastor in September 2008.
Mount Sinai is located at 669 West 54th Street in Los Angeles. Sunday services are at 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. For information, call (323) 291-1121 or visit msmbc-la.org.