Rev. Dr. Kerry Allison

Allison Trades L.A. for St. Louis Metro Area

Church of the Redeemer pastor will become first African American pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, Missouri Answering an invite to head east, the Rev. Dr. Kerry Allison is leaving Church of the Redeemer in South Los Angeles to serve as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, Missouri. He will be the first African American spiritual leader of the 150-year-old congregation. How does one leave L.A. for the St. Louis greater metropolitan area? Not easily, admitted Allison, who has served various churches in Southern California for the past 30 years, including the last 12 years at Redeemer.

L.A. Area Faith Leaders Highlight Pressing Issues for 2020

The New Year is here, along with a new decade and Los Angeles-area faith leaders shared their recommendations for a productive 2020. The following are some the responses to the Sentinel’s question: “What are some of the issues you would advise the faith community to focus on in the New Year?” Pastor Deborah Manns, Ruach Christian Community Fellowship: “Have conversations and workshops with middle and high school students on safety and social media predators. Also, nonprofits that work with children and families should be given attention and support to discuss easy snares that trap our young people on a daily basis. In addition,

Allison Embraces Change to Serve God, Church and Community

Adapting to change can be hard, but the Rev. Dr. Kerry Allison is finding success by embracing the new and different. For years, Church of the Redeemer, where Allison serves as pastor, was well known for its excellent Christian academy. But, in 2010, the school closed due to the challenges of operating the tuition-based institution. However, the Redeemer congregation was deeply committed to education, plus, they still owned the facilities on their nearly three-acres of property. The answer to their dilemma was to change. With the support of the membership, Allison rented worship space to other ministries as well as