The guiding principle of Pastor Clauzell Stallworth is, “Don’t doubt nor put limitations on God. There are no limits to what you can do. Trust and know that the impossible is possible with Christ Jesus.”
Converting that belief into action, Stallworth founded Straight and Narrow Ministries in Long Beach to empower people to live victoriously by connecting to the vast resources of God.
In addition to Sunday services, the ministry offers regular programs such as free meals following each worship, family counseling, marriage counseling, food bank, resume preparation and distribution of hygiene packs.
Also, on May 12-13, the church will host its semi-annual Family Overnight Camping Event to expose urban dwellers to the experience of outdoor life. For a $20 donation, attendees will learn a range of activities including how to start a campfire, assemble a tent, catch fish and survive in a natural disaster.
Straight and Narrow’s range of programs is key to bringing people closer to God, said Stallworth, who explained, “We believe that we are one of many tools in God’s chest in the body of Christ Jesus and we are here to serve the people who seek to know God.
“Seeing God’s people in need of a place to go for spiritual and moral support and being rejected because of their conditions, God called me and compelled my heart to tend to those that most people had given up on,” he added.
Stallworth’s varied background has served him well in furthering the ministry’s goal. A native of Grove Hill, Alabama, he has resided in Long Beach for decades. He graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and completed courses at L.B. Community and Cerritos Colleges as well as earned a certificate in evangelism from Bethany Christian College. An avid outdoorsman, Stallworth also served 15+ years in law enforcement.
Yet, even with all of his skills and talents, Stallworth acknowledged that God is the source of his success in establishing and sustaining Straight and Narrow Ministries for more than 20 years.
“The Lord dimmed my natural eyes and strengthened my spiritual eyes, to be able to help His children no matter what condition they may be in, looking for nothing in return,” he said.
Straight and Narrow Ministries is located at 810 (A) S. Long Beach Blvd., in Long Beach. To learn more, visit straightandnarrowministries.com.