Monday, May 10, 2021
People’s Independent Celebrates Women of Faith
By Cora Jackson-Fossett (Religion Editor)
Published May 19, 2016
Rev. Dr. Gloria Zurveen

Rev. Dr. Gloria Zurveen

Rev. Dr. Tamarra Johnson

Rev. Dr. Tamarra Johnson

Dr. Rodena Preston

Dr. Rodena Preston

Bishop Craig Worsham and the members of People’s Independent Church of Christ (PICC) celebrate “The Women of Faith Empowerment Weekend” with three events on their campus located at 5856 West Blvd., in Los Angeles.

“We invite the community-at-large to fellowship with us the entire weekend and hear the word of God expounded by three dynamic women of God,” said Bishop Worsham, senior pastor.

“You will be inspired, encouraged and equipped to live victoriously in the Lord.”


Activities kick-off with the Marry Virginia Green Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The ticket donation is $17.

Dr. Gloria Zurveen, founder and publisher of Pace News, will be the guest speaker. An associate minister at Park Windsor Baptist Church, she is the first African American female to be elected to the Los Angeles Press Club Board of Directors.

Last year, the NAACP Los Angeles Branch honored Dr. Zurveen for her journalistic accomplishments. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate of Ministry at the Ministerial Training Institute Bible College. Also, she is a graduate of USC’s Entrepreneurial Certificated Business Program.

PICC will observe Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 29. At 8 a.m., Minister Pam Duckworth, who heads the PICC Women’s Ministry, will speak. At 11 a.m., Dr. Tamarra V. Johnson, pastor of

Dominion International Church Cathedral in Norfolk, VA, will preach.

A trainer, life coach and entrepreneur, Dr. Johnson is also a clinical psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University, PA, and her Master’s and her Doctorate degrees in from Regent University.


Also on Sunday, May 29, at 4 p.m., the 5th Sunday Musical takes place. The free event features performances by Elaine Gibbs and Dr. Rodena Preston and the Gospel Music Workshop of America  (GMWA) – L.A. Chapter Mass Choir.

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 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 GMWA – L.A. Chapter and the Musicians in Action (MIA).

For breakfast tickets or information on all events, call PICC at (323) 296-5776.

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