In San Bernardino, Calif., a congregation is working to fight health inequities and support their community during COVID-19.
At the 16th Street church, Senior Pastor Andrea Trusty King—a wife, mother, author, speaker, and ordained minister of the gospel—has spent the last eight years leading her flock. Under her leadership, her church has helped serve the community in specific ways.
“Last year we worked tirelessly to help San Bernardino declare racism a public health crisis,” King said. “As a result, our church, in collaboration with the Inland Empire
Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC) and C.O.P.E. (Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement, a network of churches focused on Black residents in the Inland Empire)—we have been working to minimize some of the health inequities we’ve been seeing, especially in dealing with COVID.”
To that end, on Friday, April 2, Governor Gavin Newsom visited the pop-up vaccine clinic at the 16th Street church to encourage eligible Californians to get vaccinated and to highlight efforts to vaccinate people in the state’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. King described the governor’s visit as a blessing for the community, providing people with the opportunity to see and talk with the governor as well as get their vaccine. Five hundred vaccines were distributed through a partnership with Loma Linda University Health and C.O.P.E.
King explained that during the clinic, community members were also able to see and talk with their congressman, assemblywoman, and other elected officials.
“It’s a community-oriented church. It’s an amazing group of people who love to be out in the community,” King said, describing her congregation.
In addition to the clinic, the church provides COVID testing and food giveaways, as well as partnering with other organizations to fight human trafficking. Dr. King counts it a blessing to work alongside a group of people who love God and also love people.
By Connie Vandeman Jeffery, with Faith Hoyt
Watch the interview with Pastor King on All God’s People: https://bit.ly/3we9lYB
For more info about Andrea King, visit: https://www.iamdrandrea.com/
Read more about the vaccine clinic: https://www.sbsun.com/2021/04/02/gov-gavin-newsom-visits-san-bernardino-coronavirus-vaccination-site/