When it comes to spreading the Word of God, Pastor Audrey Black doesn’t let distance get in her way. She ministers locally through her church and nationwide through her prayer line. Wherever or whenever the opportunity presents itself, Black will share the Gospel.
Black has dedicated more than 30 years to the ministry of Christ. As a teen, she explained scripture to classmates and witnessed to other students. As a young adult, Black instructed the Purity Class and Tuesday Night Prayer at Evangelistic Church of God in Christ.
Next, she and her husband, Pastor Owen Black, were part of the staff of Full Harvest Church, led by Bishop Clarence McClendon. Her assignments including creating the curriculum and teaching family and marriage classes each week.
She currently serves with her husband as the spiritual leaders of Canaan Inheritance Worship Center in Gardena, where their mission is “to create an environment in which people can come to encounter God…fellowship with one another, while discovering their gifts and developing their talents to better plan for their lives.”
Recalling how God has guided her and her husband in starting a church, Black said at first she was hesitant because, “I felt there were enough churches. There is one on every corner in Los Angeles. But in order to obey God, we knew we had to start the ministry and do what God was calling us to do. If it had not been for Him leading me the entire way, there wouldn’t be a ministry.”
God directed them to a building in Gardena and since its founding in 2011, Canaan Inheritance has impacted the community through worship services, youth outreach, food distributions, conferences and holiday giveaways. Also, the prayer line, operated through Audrey Black Ministries, draws listeners across the country.
“When the Lord told me to start this prayer line, He told me it wouldn’t cost me anything. He just needed me to obey. The line itself is free and I started with three volunteers. It has been seven years and now we have a volunteer staff of 12,” said Black.
“We have ministered to doctors, city officials, teachers, pastors and lawyers from all over California, New York, Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, and Colorado just to name a few.”
As for the future, Black has many plans underway. The church will host back-to-school night in September to give supplies to students, provide groceries and care bags to the needy in November and partner with a local doctor to conduct their annual toy drive on Dec. 14.
“I’m also working on a training session called ‘Managing M.E.’ that aims to bring new hope to the unbeliever and assist the believer in becoming whole,” she said. “This session is designed to help you understand who you really are so that you can reach your full potential.”
Using 1 Thessalonians 5:23 as the scriptural foundation, Black explained, “We are made in three parts – the physical body, emotional body and spiritual body. Our ability to move all three parts as one is essential to our wholeness.”
Black added that people are welcome to participate in any aspect of the ministry. “If anyone would like to volunteer for any of our activities or join us at any time, call us at (424) 292-3681 or email [email protected]”
Canaan Inheritance Worship Center is located at 14123 Van Ness Ave., in Gardena. Visit online at canaaninheritance.org.