Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith of Agape International Spiritual Center (photo by Agape/Barry Selby)

Agape International Spiritual Center, led by the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, has relocated to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

“It was time to move.  The community and the Agape Board agreed.  We have to work on our legacy,” said Beckwith, who explained that the building flooded in Culver City where the ministry was based for many years.

“Unbeknownst to us, the building we held our services in was not up to code because it was housed with residential pipes, not commercial pipes.  And on top of that, our landlords wanted to double our rent.

“We had outgrown the space, and there were parking issues too.  Collectively, all of these were signals it was time to move.  And so we did. Now, several months later, we are stabilizing in our transition to Beverly Hills, not only from moving our Spiritual Center here, but our offices as well, so we can be grounded as we approach the 32nd Anniversary of AGAPE’s founding on November 30,” he said.

“We can now accommodate 1,900 service attendees, versus 1,200 in our previous space.  Parking is much easier and our new location in Beverly Hills is central for individuals and families who might wish to stop by to check AGAPE out.”

      Agape members will now worship at The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. (Agape photo)

Rabbi David Baron of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Beckwith and his flock to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.  Dr. Beckwith and I have been friends for years, so when he approached me about the possibility of relocating Agape to the Saban Theatre, I said, ‘Absolutely, why not?’  As a religious leader, my temple services are held on Friday evenings, so Dr. Beckwith is able to hold his services on Sunday mornings.”

Several notable people have proclaimed Dr. Beckwith as one of the greatest global inspirational leaders of modern time in the 21st Century.  Entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey said, “Michael Bernard Beckwith…teaches that the vision we set for our lives begins a sacred process of unfolding that unlocks everything that is unique, mighty and magnificent inside each of us.”

Spiritual leader and author Deepak Chopra noted, “Michael Beckwith eloquently unfolds the secrets of the deep inquiry for spiritual development, which leads to infinite possibilities in our lives.”

From left are actor Sterling K. Brown, Rev. Dr. Beckwith and civil rights activist Martin Luther King III. (Agape photo)

Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank declared, “I have been going to Agape for 26 years. It’s been an important part of my soul’s evolution.  I’m deeply grateful for Rev. Michael and the Agape community.”

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Van Morrison shared, “The teachings of Michael Bernard Beckwith are very inspiring. I live stream on a regular basis and find it comforting and healing. He’s the real deal, and has uplifted my life.”

On July 22, Agape celebrated Beckwith’s birthday and kicked off its inaugural service at the Saban Theatre featuring a megawatt musical celebration. The legendary Stevie Wonder and R&B vocalist Goapele serenaded Beckwith with Stevie Wonder’s song, “Happy Birthday.”