Members of the historic Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will observe more than 11 decades of Christian and community service during their 110e birthday service.
According to Senior Pastor Bishop Sylvester Washington, the joyous celebration will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 11:15 a.m. at the building located at 2009 West Martin Luther King Blvd., Los Angeles.
“We praise God for blessing our congregation to serve Him and South Los Angeles for over 100 years,” Bishop Washington said. “We are planning a spirit-filled worship service to show our gratitude and invite the greater Los Angeles community to join us for this occasion.”
Pleasant Hill was organized on Sunday, October 13, 1912, and the first service was held in a tent. From an initial membership of 10, the congregation has continuously grown spiritually and numerically over the years. In the 1920s, the church purchased property at 261 N. Bonnie Brae Street and built a new house worth $20,000 – a large sum at the time.
Worship and community activities were conducted at this site for the next 40 years until an earthquake severely damaged the building in 1969. At the time, Washington had only been installed as pastor for two years and faced the daunting task of keeping the congregation together while looking for a new place of worship. Eventually, a new building was constructed on the Bonnie Brae property and Pleasant Hill resumed custody services. In 1987 the building was sold and the congregation purchased the building where they still worship today.
Throughout its existence, Pleasant Hill has been known throughout the city for its work outside the church walls through activities such as food distributions, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas toy drives. . Many people also take advantage of the church’s family counseling services and evangelism and Bible study classes.
To learn more about the anniversary celebration, call the church office at (323) 293-6448.