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Pastor Sonja DawsonRev. Xavier Thompson
By Dawnesha K. Beaver and Dwight BrownContributing Religion Writers
The Lord called, the man of God answered, the people of God followed, and for over 49 years, God has blessed the New Mount Calvary Church family, exceedingly and abundantly, and now, with great joy, they are celebrating their 49th Church Anniversary.
On March 18, the season of celebration kicked off with the 49th Pre-Church Anniversary entitled ‘The Future of the Mount.' This event featured the dynamic ministerial gifts of the Pastor's Choir, Youth and Young Adult Choir and Ushers, the Children, Youth, and Young Adult Praise Dance Ministry and Children's Church and Sunday School Department.
And, on Sunday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m., the congregation will rejoice in God's grace and faithfulness to the call as they celebrate their history and mission of "reaching persons beyond our walls, nurturing them to mature disciples, equipping them for witnessing and winning the lost through love that we may all be joined together with Christ serving this present age."
The speaker for this historic and momentous occasion is the Rev. Xavier Thompson, pastor of Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
"As we prepare for this day, we solicit your prayers and request the participation of our brothers and sisters in Christ, our church families, and the community at-large in our grand celebration," said Pastor Sonja R. Dawson.
"As a man after God's own heart, the Holy Spirit poured many visions into our founder, the Rev. Dr. Lonnie Dawson, and led him to prepare the foundation on which we now stand. In the beginning, there were six persons, including our First Lady Emeritus Mamie P. Dawson. Since then, our church has grown numerically and spiritually with several facilities for effective ministry, 25 ministries and auxiliaries established, and several international ministries supported," she said.
"Our vision continues, the best is yet to come, and the New Mount Calvary Church family stands ready to go to deeper depths and higher heights as we blend the traditions of the past with the promises of the future."
New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is located at 402 East El Segundo Boulevard in Los Angeles. For information, including worship times and directions, call (310) 324-0644 or email