With cheers and applause, the congregation of Holman United Methodist Church welcomed the reappointment of Pastor Kelvin Sauls as spiritual leader of their parish.
During an afternoon reception on November 16, members joined with elected officials and community leaders in celebrating Pastor Sauls’ return and his upcoming birthday on November 25.
“We’re so fortunate at Holman to have a wonderful, young pastor who is also a soldier of the cross, a preacher, and a politician all wrapped in one,” said long-time member, Rosa Hill.
“We give God thanks for this wonderful man and may he be here for many, many years!”
The Rev. Sauls noted, “This is my third year and it’s been an exciting, learning experience as we continue to grow, individually and collectively. My vision for Holman is to continue to be a hub of hope and healing and a center of wellness and wholeness.”
Looking towards the coming year, he said the church will focus on celebrating its 70th anniversary as well as increasing its social gospel ministry.
“Our anniversary theme is ‘Honoring Our Legacy, Resetting Our Future.’ My position has always been that while we’re standing on the shoulders of those who came before us and those still with us, we continue to reach forward to what God has for us in the future. Because we’re standing on their shoulders, we can see further and we can reach higher for such a time as this,” explained Pastor Sauls.
“We do that as we embrace the social gospel and in embracing that social gospel, in these changing times, it is important for us to see how God can lead us into a future that is diverse, dynamic and even with that, we believe that the best is yet to come!”
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Pastor Sauls was ordained 19 years ago and has since served in several pastoral and managerial capacities for the denomination throughout the world. A published writer, poet and percussionist, he earned a Master’s of Divinity degree at United Theological Seminary and completed course work for the Doctor in Ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Holman United Methodist Church is located at 3320 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles. For information about their services and activities, call (323) 731-7285.