Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church will conclude its 115th anniversary on Sunday, August 20, at 10 a.m., in the edifice located at 1177 W 25th St., in Los Angeles.
According to Pastor John E. Cager III, the worship service will highlight the anniversary theme, “Called Out – A Chosen Church To Be Holy” based on I Peter 2:9-10.
“Everyone whose life has been or is being touched by Ward AME Church is urged to ‘show up’ for this 115th anniversary celebration,” said Cager.
Pastor Charles Lee-Johnson of Corona Community AME Church will be the guest preacher. Since being appointed to Corona in 2008, the congregation increased from 60 to 400+ members and established more 15 outreach ministries.
Lee-Johnson serves as an assistant professor at Cal Baptist University, director of the school’s Graduate Program of Social Work Field Education, and as CEO of the National Family Life and Education Center, a social service agency that provides a nationally recognized “Rites of Passage” program for at-risk kids and families. A graduate of Morehouse College, Lee-Johnson earned his Master’s degree at UCLA and his Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary. At 3 p.m., Ward will host a musical concert featuring the House of Prayer, First AME Church – Pasadena, First AME – Los Angeles, Ward’s Anniversary Choir and Ward’s Angels Without Wings liturgical dance ministry.
Dessie Dantzler is the anniversary chair and Alton Glaze and Dawn Comer are the co-chairs. To learn more, call the church office at (213) 747-1367.