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Rev. Joseph Oloimooja
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
To the delight of his congregation, Rev. Joseph Oloimooja has been permanently appointed Priest-in-Charge of Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles.
Previously serving on an interim basis, Rev. Oloimooja expressed his pleasure and excitement about his new status. "It is a great blessing from God to minister in this city. Wonderful people belong to this church and I am thankful for the opportunity to work together with our members to spread the good word of God throughout the community," he said.
"The Lord sent me here as a missionary and now, as a pastor, I am giving back to the United States. My plan is to continue and improve upon the ministries our church provides," said Rev. Oloimooja.
Christ the Good Shepherd offers weekly Bible Study and regular pastoral counseling. The church also operates a food closet for low-income people and conducts on-going hospital visits to pray for the infirm and share Holy Communion.
Rev. Oloimooja accepted the call to preach in 1987 as a young man in his native country of Kenya. As a member of the Anglican Church, he served in several villages before coming to the United States in 2001.
Rev. Oloimooja earned a Master's of Divinity degree from the International Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. In addition, he is a Board Certified Chaplain and the director for spiritual care services at Kaiser Permanente- South Bay Medical Center.
Welcoming people to worship at Christ the Good Shepherd, Rev. Oloimooja said, "We will celebrate Palm Sunday, April 17, by walking the neighborhood with palms to illustrate the reception Jesus received when He entered Jerusalem. On Easter Sunday, April 24, we will have two powerful services and free lunch for the community in the church parking lot."
Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is located at 3303 West Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles. Worship services are Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For information, call (323) 295-4139.