A homegoing celebration is set for the Rev. Dr. James A. Brooks, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, who passed away on May 7. He was 105 years old.
The service will take place on Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m., at St. John, 936 W. 49th St., in Los Angeles.
A native of Natchez, MS, Pastor Brooks came to Los Angeles in 1946 and over the years, he was active in several religious and community organizations as well as a staunch supporter of local businesses. In 2011, the Los Angeles City Council designated the intersection of 49th St. and Vermont Ave., as Pastor James and Minnie Brooks Square in acknowledgement of his ministry and civic contributions.
Brooks served 65 years as the spiritual leader of St. John. Reflecting on his ministry, Brooks said in a 2014 Sentinel interview, “I have enjoyed it. I was a young man when I came here and this church has meant so much to my family and me. All of my children grew up here and were educated in this church. God has just blessed me, I don’t know why.”
As a mentor and counselor to generations of local preachers, Brooks was often sought out for his wisdom and guidance. Sharing advice to those entering the pastoral ministry, he said, “Pray to God that he loves his people and [that God will] help him to be a blessing to his people. Our people are good people, but they need God. A young pastor should love them and let them know about God.”
To learn more about the service, call St. John at (323) 752-0855.