Historical Profile of the Southern California Conference
While early Adventist activity was focused in the north of the state, by 1874 Southern California had an ordained minister in its territory—John B. Judson. Evangelism picked up with the arrival of William Healey, who held a series of tent meetings in downtown Los Angeles in 1879, which laid the foundations for the first Adventist church in Southern California. Learn more about the first congregations that formed in Santa Ana, Pasadena, Norwalk, San Fernando, and other cities in the Southern California Conference—and the evangelists who reached these areas.
From humble beginnings in 1874 with one ordained minister, Southern California Conference currently has over 38,600 members and 153 congregations. Its diverse communities worship in about 30 languages and express a variety of cultures. Click here to learn more about the Southern California Conference.
SCC Churches Serve Community During COVID
As COVID-19 has spread across the globe this year, SCC churches have seized the opportunity to serve their local communities in a new way. COVID-19 has affected everyone differently—some have been deeply impacted financially, while others have struggled with mental health issues. The needs are varied, and the response has been as well. Many churches have offered virtual health programs to their communities to educate them on what it means to be healthy—physically, mentally, and spiritually. Others have started or expanded community service programs, like food banks, grocery delivery, and free showers, for those in need. Click here to read more.
Southern California Conference Adventists Organize Demonstration for Peace and Justice
This past June, for the first time, one church organized a peaceful demonstration in Los Angeles. Nearly 300 people gathered to pray, march, and connect. It was a diverse group in every way: age, gender, ethnicity, and more. Participants carried signs with the message “God’s Voice Matters.” Morris Barnes, senior pastor of the Antelope Valley church, and Lawrence Dorsey, senior pastor of the University church, teamed up to bring this idea to life. Click here to read more.
SCC Schools Continue Fun and Learning Remotely
School looks very different this year. Students and teachers are navigating distance learning and safety protocols for in-person classes. SCC schools haven’t let these challenges slow them down. From the annual “Get Acquainted Party” at San Gabriel Academy, to a virtual beach day at South Bay Christian School, to a drive-through handshake event hosted by the Newbury Park Academy student body, our Southern California Conference schools aren’t letting this pandemic stop them from having fun and learning!
Southern California Conference Hosts Conference-wide Virtual Week of Encouragement
2020 has been unlike anything anyone expected. Loved ones have fallen ill, jobs have been lost, and injustices have escalated. It’s no secret that we could all use some encouragement. In August, Southern California Conference hosted its first-ever conference-wide digital event: a week of encouragement. Four speakers delivered powerful messages. Members and employees of SCC shared inspiring testimonies. The programs were followed by a virtual Zoom prayer room, where attendees called in for special prayer. Click here to read more.
SCC Fosters Connection Through Say Hello Campaign
One more way that Southern California Conference is reaching out is by “Say Hello”—a social media campaign to share the stories of people doing ministry in the conference. Lauren Lacson, the communication director, launched the Say Hello campaign as a way to bring the SCC family together, which is more important than ever during these isolating times. Members have shared how they’ve become more dependent upon God during the pandemic, how they’re using their talents for Him in ministry, and how He reached them in their darkest moments. Click here to read more.
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“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into the one who is the head, into Christ from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”
– Ephesians 4:15-16