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Bishop Frederick Barr
Rev. Dr. Erica Barr
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
There are hundreds of denominational and independent ministries in Los Angeles, yet Bishop Frederick Barr believes there is room for one more and on April 3, he and his wife, Rev. Dr. Erica Barr, held the grand opening of Life Church International.
“Actually, we are just following the direction of God and I believe where the Lord guides, He will provide,” said Bishop Barr who holds worship each Sunday at 3 p.m., at McCarty Memorial Christian Church, 4101 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles.
“Also, I don’t think there can ever be too much of the Gospel being preached. Matthew 28 tells me to go into all the world to preach the gospel and Los Angeles is part of all the world.”
The decision to start a ministry in L.A. was not spontaneous for the Barrs who also serve as co-pastors of Power House Christian Center Church International in Pontiac, Michigan; and Nashville, Tennessee.
“The Lord had been dealing with us many years about the Los Angeles area. About six months ago, the Lord gave me a time that He wanted me to start the ministry and that was at end of March or early April. After much prayer and fasting and research, we began Life Church International,” said Bishop Barr.
“This is a major commitment on our part and we are committed to do it,” he said, adding that his focus is not on drawing believers away from their church homes, but to reach the un-churched, especially families of all nationalities.
“The church really begins with the family. Many people in this day and time do not have a clue who Jesus is. In our day and time, everyone went to church and if you didn’t go, you were considered an outcast. Today, many people hardly go at all.
“Our goal is to outreach to strengthen the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to reach all cultures, all nations. We are a multi-cultural church with all kinds of people and we represent the community that we, as a people, live in,” said Bishop Barr.
The emphasis on the family likely stems from the Barrs international experience as facilitators for marriage and relationship conferences held in Germany, other parts of Europe, and throughout the United States. Dr. Barr is also author of the book, “Relationship Monsters.”
“This year, we’re celebrating 20 years of holy matrimony. We have an anointing on our lives for building strong marriages and empowering families and there is a remnant of people that are hungry for the type of anointing that we have. This is not to take away from anyone else. We have come to add to what God is already doing in this city,” said the bishop.
He also expressed appreciation for the McCarty Memorial Christian Church family and said, “They are truly disciples of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and I’m thankful that they would allow Life Church International to come and utilize their facility.”
Extending an invitation to the community to join them for worship, Bishop Barr said, “We want to create a wholesome ministry for all people, all generations and all cultures. We’re excited about it and we want everyone to come. There’s no better place to be, than Life Church at 3.”