Rev. Norman Copeland was saluted by AME Bishop Clement Fugh at Copeland’s pastoral retirement luncheon on Aug. 4, at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles.
Hundreds of people attended the luncheon including Copeland’s family, local clergy, and current and former congregants.
Copeland served as pastor of 14 AME churches during his long ministry including Ward-L.A. and Grant-Long Beach. Currently the pastor of St. Paul AME in San Bernardino, he will officially retire in October during the Southern California Annual Conference.