Rev. Dr. Melvin Von Wade Sr.

Spirited Homegoing Held for Rev. Dr. E.V. Hill II

More than 1,000 people were on hand to bid farewell to the Rev. Dr. Edward V. Hill II on Aug. 24, at West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Hill, the pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church and Spirit of Zion Fellowship Church, passed away suddenly on August 12, at the age of 52. The ecumenical crowd contained a wide range of clergy and lay people, who wept, shouted, danced and rejoiced throughout the spirit-filled service, which included music by the combined choirs of Mount Zion and Spirit of Zion. The Rev. Dr. Melvin V. Wade Sr., pastor emeritus of Mount

Life Celebrations Set for Pastor Earl Pleasant, Organizer of Greater New Bethel in Inglewood

Another giant of faith left his earthly body with the passing of the Rev. Dr. Earl Alfred Pleasant on June 14. The founder and pastor emeritus of Greater New Bethel Baptist Church in Inglewood, Pleasant was 76-years-old. A preacher of the Gospel for more than 40 years, Pleasant touched many lives and baptized more than 400 converts to Christ during his long ministry. To recognize his life, celebrations are planned for Thursday, June 27, where he will lie in state from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service, led by Pastor Rikki T. Farrell, Jr., at Greater

Top Faith Community Stories in 2018

  Jan. – AME Church Responds to Trump’s Racist Rhetoric In a scathing rebuke of recent racist comments reportedly stated by President Donald Trump, the AME Church Council of Bishops issued a strong statement signed by Bishop Clement W. Fugh, president; Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, president of the General Board; Bishop Frank M. Reid III, chair of the Commission on Social Action; and Senior Bishop McKinley Young. “The AME Church has consistently opposed the racist rhetoric and social policies of the Trump Administration. We will continue to speak out and hold the United States government accountable as our faith commands

Aretha’s Friends Recall Her Faith and Love of Gospel

The passing of the legendary Aretha Franklin on August 16, prompted scores of admirers – from recording artists to musicians to U.S. presidents – to offer tributes and memories of her impact on the world. But before she became known as “The Queen of Soul,” Aretha was a strong believer in God and expressed her faith through her music. The Rev. Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr., pastor emeritus of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Los Angeles, was close to Aretha’s father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and remembered that the singer had strong faith even as a child. “She was raised

Agape LA Hosts Holy Week Events

  Rev. Dr. Melvin Wade Rev. Johnteris Tate The death and resurrection of Christ Jesus will be observed several spirit-filled services hosted by Agape Church of Los Angeles, located at Consolidated Plaza, 3725 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles. Inviting the public to attend, Bishop Craig A. Worsham, senior pastor, announced that some of L.A.’s leading ministers will headline each service. “These Holy Week Worship opportunities are sure to inspire your soul as we reflect on the Love of God and the sacrifice of His son Jesus,” said Worsham. “Powerful preaching and singing will center and focus us on the

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Installs Tate as Pastor

Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Los Angeles will install the Rev. Johnteris Tate as senior pastor on Sunday, February 11, in the edifice located at 4269 South Figueroa St., in Los Angeles. The featured speakers for the 9:15 a.m. service will be the Rev. Dr. Willie Jamison, Jr. of Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee and the Rev. Dr. Roney Strong, Sr., pastor of the New Independence Missionary Baptist Church in Coldwater, Mississippi. The installation week will begin with a one-night Installation Revival on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., senior pastor of

Faith Community Sees Excitement and Sadness in 2017

A wide range of activities directly touched the religious community in 2017, both locally and nationally. The following is a review of some the most compelling faith-based stories covered by the L.A. Sentinel during the past year. Bishop Eddie L. Long, a national-known minister of great attraction and controversy, passed away January 15 at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer. Highly acclaimed for his mega-ministry in Lithonia, Georgia, his reputation took a hit after several men sued him alleging that Long forced them into sexual relationships while they were teens attending his church. President Donald Trump’s executive