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People’s Independent Celebrates 98th Church Anniversary
By Cora Jackson-Fossett (Religion Editor)
Published October 10, 2013

Pastor Emeritus Charles E. Williams 

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

Bishop Craig A. Worsham

Bishop Craig A. Worsham and the congregation of People’s Independent Church of Christ will recognize nearly 100 years of Christian and community service on Sunday, October 20, edifice located at 5856 West Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The 98th Church Anniversary will be observed during three worship services held in the People’s Independent edifice located at 5856 West Boulevard in Los Angeles.

“God has blessed us to give continuous service to South Los Angeles for all of these years and we want to celebrate His goodness and grace,” said Bishop Worsham, senior pastor.

“We welcome the community-at-large to join us for this significant milestone in the life of our church and hear powerful words from three dynamic men of God.”

Pastor Emeritus Charles E. Williams will bring the message at 8 a.m. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a community activist and candidate for the 54th State Assembly District, will speak at 11 a.m.

Pastor Kevin Edwards of Rising Star Baptist Church in Bakersfield will preach at 4 p.m. Also, his choir and congregation will participate.

Forty-seven members of First A.M.E. Church founded People’s Independent on October 3, 1915, with the Reverend N.P. Greggs serving as the first pastor. Over the years, the church has spearheaded various community projects and assisted developing businesses such as the Golden State Life Insurance Co. and the Liberty Building and Loan Company.

Under Pastor Maurice Dawkins, the church constructed Independent Square, a seven-story housing complex on Adams Boulevard and St. Andrews Place in Los Angeles. In the 1950s, the Peoples Independent Federal Credit Union opened and still operates today.

Currently, the church serves as the headquarters for the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) – L.A. Chapter and the Musicians in Action (MIA). 

For more information, call the church office at (323) 296-5776.



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