Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith

Agape International Spiritual Center Moves to Beverly Hills

Agape International Spiritual Center, led by the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, has relocated to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. “It was time to move.  The community and the Agape Board agreed.  We have to work on our legacy,” said Beckwith, who explained that the building flooded in Culver City where the ministry was based for many years. “Unbeknownst to us, the building we held our services in was not up to code because it was housed with residential pipes, not commercial pipes.  And on top of that, our landlords wanted to double our rent. “We had outgrown the space, and there

Agape Int’l Spiritual Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Focused, intentional, and dedicated to service exemplify the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. Empowered by those traits, he founded Agape International Spiritual Center and three decades later, the fellowship reaches thousands of people around the world. Beckwith and Agape members will gather on Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m., to mark their 30th anniversary with the “Love Comes Home” Reunion Concert on their campus at 5700 Buckingham Parkway in Culver City. Musical Director Rickie Byars Beckwith, the Agape International Choir and several special guests will perform. The concert will include selections from “The Sound of Agape Music”

Spirit Awakening Assists At-Risk Youth

Twenty-one years ago, while attending worship at Agape International Spiritual Center, Akuyoe Graham received a word from God directing her to help at-risk youth. Armed with faith and encouragement from her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Graham established the Spirit Awakening Foundation (SAF), a nonprofit charitable arts organization dedicated to “building character and raising self-esteem, one child at a time.” SAF programs utilize meditation, dramatic improvisation and creative writing to help at-risk children transform their lives, both spiritually and literally. “What we are doing is taking a stand and creating a space for children and teens and saying