Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray

FAME Celebrates 150 Years of Service

First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles prides itself as being the church of the people.  Lead by Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, the congregation and their leadership got a chance to take a bow on Friday, June 30 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. 

FAME Church Celebrates 150 Years of Serving the L.A. Community

For the past year, the members of First AME Church LA, also known as FAME, have been honoring their heritage and celebrating 150 years of serving the Los Angeles community. On Friday, June 30, the congregation will host a black-tie dinner and awards show in Hollywood to commemorate its achievements and the leadership of Pastor J. Edgar Boyd.

Murray Bids Farewell to USC After 17 Years of Service

Cheers, applause, fond memories and best wishes were constantly repeated during the celebration for the Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, who retired from the University of Southern California after 17 years. Scores of people filled the University Club patio on October 20 for a reception saluting Murray’s tenure as an instructor, lecturer, and namesake of the USC Cecil L. Murray Center for Community Engagement.  The array of genders, ethnicities and professions on hand attested to Murray’s wide-ranging impact. At USC, Murray was a senior fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture and held the John R. Tansey

Faith Leaders Learn to Build Communities of Wealth

USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement is preparing clergy and lay to help African Americans and other minorities become financially secure through wealth building sessions.

Faith Community Makes Big Headlines in 2019

Several ministries and individuals headlined the news in the faith community during 2019. The following highlights some of the most popular stories in the L.A. Sentinel Religion section. Tulloss Heads Baptist Ministers Conference – The Baptist Ministers Conference (BMC) of Los Angeles and Southern California elected the Rev. K.W. Tulloss as president on Jan. 14. The pastor of Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Tulloss most recently served as a vice president of the 100-year-old organization. “The conference will continue to serve as a preparation institute that will focus on building the capacity of pastors and ministers. We

Life of Alna ‘Pearl’ Brown Illustrated Beauty in Service

Alna “Pearl” Brown’s life illuminated the finest qualities of a beautiful “lady in service.” During her campaign for chapter president of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Ladera Chapter, Pearl often quoted, “Well done is better than well said.” For 34 years, Pearl was immersed in being a “Top Lady,” serving in a myriad of positions including area VI director for the Western States; Top Teens advisor; second vice president and liaison to the American Heart/Stroke Association. On November 8, 2019, Lady Alna “Pearl” Brown passed away. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at 11

Next Dimension University Comes to Los Angeles

Next Dimension University, a Bible college headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, will hold a grand opening of its Los Angeles Campus on January 28, at 7 p.m. at 4951 Figueroa Ave., in Los Angeles. The school offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in several disciplines including biblical counseling, religious education, sacred music and theology. Training is also available for careers such as school principal, missionary ambassador, media specialist and motivational speaker. According to Chancellor Joel McLeod, “There was a demand for formal bible training, and great interest in NDU, so here we are in Los Angeles. At NDU, master teachers

First AME – L.A. Hosts FAMU Marching ‘100’

More than 200 members of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Marching “100” performed outside of First AME Church of Los Angeles on Dec. 30, prior to their scheduled January 1 performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The band’s event at FAME was one of nine scheduled performances prior to the Rose Parade.  The band’s trip to Los Angeles was assisted by Los Angeles-based philanthropists and FAMU alumna Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who were among hundreds of worshippers and community members – including former FAME Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray, a FAMU alum, watching the parade on a

A Passion for Revealing God’s Accessibility Drives Tyler’s Ministry

  First-time pastor aims to provide a relevant and engaging place to meet Christ According to the Rev. Kirkpatrick Tyler, his appointment to St. Mark AME Church is the ideal match for his type of ministry. The first-time pastor, now entering his third year in the position, dreamed of sharing God’s availability with others and believes he can fulfill his vision at St. Mark’s. “God has always placed in my heart a passion for making the Gospel accessible, relevant and engaging as well as providing a place where folks can seek God, meet Christ and not be victimized by ‘church