Lady Jill Smith and Bishop Byron (Courtesy photo)

The members of Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church are planning a joyous worship service to observe the first pastoral anniversary of Bishop Byron and Lady Jill Smith.

The celebration takes place on Sunday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m., in the edifice located at 9616 South Avalon Blvd., in Los Angeles. Pastor Chrystopher Grundy of Second AME Zion Church of Inglewood will be the guest preacher.

Under Bishop Smith’s leadership, Gethsemane Christian Love has experienced tremendous growth, both spiritually and numerically. In 2022, 62 people joined the church and 20 converts were baptized. Also, new organizations were added including Boys to Men, Children and Youth, and Youth Crossing Guard Ministries.

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Some of the infrastructure improvements were repainting of the baptismal pool, installation of new outdoor lighting, and upgrading of the church sound system. Smith also launched a vaccination clinic staffed with medical professionals providing COVID and flu vaccines.

According to the event chairpersons, the greater Los Angeles community is invited to attend the celebration. To learn more, call the church at (323) 779-6493.