Pastor J. Edgar Boyd (File photo)

First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles is celebrating 150 years of ministry, mission, and message. The year-long celebration will continue through May 2023 and include various events and activities to commemorate the oldest Black Church established in the city of Los Angeles.

“We invite the community to join us as we honor our heritage and celebrate the blessings bestowed upon us here at FAME,” said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd. “Our motto is first to serve, and we are proud to continue Biddy Mason’s vision and legacy as we have for the past 150 years.”

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FAME’s rich history reaches back to 1856 when it was founded by Bridgett “Biddy” Mason, a former slave. The celebration will include the “Our Heritage in Sacred Music” Concert, on Saturday, November 12, at 4 p.m. at First AME Church, located at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd. in Los Angeles.

The event will feature the FAME Freedom Mass Choir, gospel artists and soloists. KJLH deejay Aundrae Russell, will serve as emcee, along with actress Jackie Houston-McNeal. On Friday, December 2, the church will host the 10th Annual FAME College Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament and Banquet at Lakewood Golf Course.

Tickets for both events are available at