First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is the first American Baptist Church within the city of Los Angeles. First formed in 1874, our church has had 3 different homes in our 144 years. Our current home was built in 1927 and is located in the area now known as Koreatown in central Los Angeles.
Our beautiful building was designated a historical monument in 1981. However, in a building that is nearly 100 years old, we have our share of problems. We are working within our church to raise $100,000 within one year for some much-needed maintenance and upgrades. The truth is, we are a small congregation and though we are the stewards of this magnificent building, we sometimes struggle with ensuring there are enough funds to pay for everything needed.
We are working to install a security system to better protect our church members. Unfortunately, our neighborhood is a bit rough around the edges and we do have issues with gangs and homelessness. A security system would help to ensure our safety.
We are working to modernize our sanctuary to improve our reach during services. This is a project that was previously begun, however, the business of keeping our doors open often times has to take priority. These improvements are a sound system in our sanctuary, as well as monitors for delivering information during our services.
Our building is over an underground tar pit, and because of this, tar leeches from the soil and into our sub-basement. We are working with a tar removal company to find a long-term solution for this issue.
We also need to update our electrical system and fix our air conditioner!
These are honestly just a few of the things we are trying to do to make our church a better place. If you can imagine, in a building this old, there will always be a need. We appreciate any help you can give. Even the smallest amount, God says will be multiplied.
You can find out more about us at www.FBCofLA.org and you can find us on Facebook @FirstBaptistChurchofLA.