Pastor Kavin Dotson (Courtesy photo)

 The Rev. Dr. Kavin Dotson is the new pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of Los Angeles. With his appointment, Dotson becomes the sixth pastor in the church’s 117-year history.

According to one member, “After many months of praying and searching, God sent the New Hope Baptist Church of Los Angeles a spirit-filled pastor after His own heart. The congregation is filled with joy and thanksgiving to welcome Dr.  Dotson.”

A native of Los Angeles, Pastor Dotson spent his formative years at New Hope participating in Sunday School, Jr.  Brotherhood, Junior Mission, Vacation Bible School, Jr./Youth and Voices of Hope Choirs, and youth and young adult retreats. After being licensed and ordained, he received biblical instruction and mentorship from the church’s previous pastors, Dr.  B.  O.  Byrd and Rev.  J.  Stewart McKnight.

Dotson is a graduate of California State University Long Beach and Pepperdine University.  Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor at several local colleges. His career also includes being a director overseeing schools in the LAUSD, Lynwood Unified School District, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

“It is now time to praise God from whom all blessings flow!  God has sent Dr.  Kavin Dotson back home and we prayerfully seek God’s direction for the next season of ministry at New Hope,” declared a spokesperson.

“We invite the public and community to come and hear the new leader preach and teach as the recently appointed pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Los Angeles.

New Hope holds in-person worship service on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.  Extended Prayer Services take place on weekdays at 12 noon. On Mondays at 7 p.m., Going through the Bible is held.  Other activities include Evening Prayer and Fellowship on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Sunday School Preparation on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.  PM. The extended services are also accessible via  New Hope’s conference call line at 1-518-418-1168.

New Hope Baptist Church is located at 5200 South Central Avenue in Los Angeles.  The expansive building, designed by the renowned African American architect, Paul Revere Williams, features a spacious sanctuary, lighted baptismal pool, sectional choir loft and offices for the pastor, administrative staff and church auxiliaries.

New Hope’s multicultural and multigenerational membership is also distinctive, a member shared. The congregation is not only comprised of all ages, but also includes White and Latino worshippers who praise God “with just as much spirit and enthusiasm” as the African American members.

In addition, Many people are assisted through programs held at the church’s B.O. Byrd Memorial Christian Education Center. Older community members are aided by residing at the New Hope Senior Villa, an affordable apartment complex located on Central Avenue and 50th St. To learn more, call the church office at 323-232-4326.