Rev. Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick (Courtesy photo)

The Western Baptist State Convention of California will hold its 133rd Mid-Winter Board Meeting beginning Saturday, March 4, through Thursday, March 9, at McCoy Memorial Baptist Church, located at 802 E. 46th Street in Los Angeles.

The theme is “Our Convention, Led by the Holy Spirit, That We Do Not Fall Away During Unprecedented Times” based on 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.

The Rev. Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick, WSBC president, and the Rev. Dr. R. A. Williams, Jr., host pastor, invite the entire Christian community to attend.

Dr. R.A. Williams (Courtesy photo)

“It will be an honor for each of you to join us for a State and District proclamation of God’s profound word, the finest in worship, singing, and praise, and a range of events designed to meet the needs of all age groups,” said Dr. Hardwick.

The Young People’s Department will present an appreciation service for WBSC pastors on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. The Young Adult Department, led by Dr. Raymond L. Chandler, will meet at 12:30 p.m. The Mass Musical, directed by Lady Leslie Chandler and featuring voices from WSBC churches, will take place on Sunday, March 5, at 5 p.m.

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On Monday, March 6, an evening of Prayer and Praise will be led by Dr. Dexter Kilpatrick, dean, and district moderators.

The Mid-Winter Board Meeting officially opens on Tuesday, March 7, at 12 noon with a message by the Rev. Douglas Nelson, WBSC executive secretary and pastor of True LA Church. Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr., will preach at 3 p.m., and at 6:45 p.m., the Usher’s Session will be led by President Carolyn Chapman. Pastor Frederick Howard of Southside Bethel Baptist Church will deliver the sermon.

Dr. Cynthia Perkins Smith (Courtesy photo)

Activities on Wednesday, March 8, begin at 9:30 a.m., with President Calvin Armstrong and the laymen in session. At 12 noon, the Rev. K. W. Tulloss, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference-Los Angeles, and senior pastor of Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church, will bring the message.

The Pastors and Ministers Conference and Luncheon starts at 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell will be the guest speaker. At 7 p.m., Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson will preach. Richardson is the senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches, chairman of the National Action Network, chairman of Virginia Union University, and board member of Comcast and Pepsico,

Dr. Franklyn Richardson (Courtesy photo)

On Thursday, March 9, at 9:45 a.m., President LaRonda Nelson and the Women’s Department will welcome Dr. Cynthia Perkins Smith, president of the National Baptist Convention Women’s Auxiliary. At 12 noon, the Rev. Xavier Thompson, 3rd Vice President and senior pastor of Southern Missionary Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church-Pacoima, will bring the message. The Pastors and Ministers Wives Luncheon will begin at 1:30 p.m.