Calvary Church of Compton dedicates new facility
The church was founded in 1952 by Bishop Edward G. McLachlan. The original worship center was a small facility located at the corner of Raymond and Whitemarsh.
“We are honored to have so many parishioners and guests during this special time,” he said. “God bestowed many blessings upon us during our rebuilding phase, and we praise him for his guidance to complete this beautiful new edifice.”
Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr., the presiding bishop, thanked God for the “magnificent” new church and praised McLachlan for his spiritual leadership. “When I received the invitation to attend this dedication, I readily accepted,” he said.
“In this new church, thousands of souls will be saved,” Blake said. “As a young man, Edward McLachlan impressed me, and his vision has come to life in this building. Many souls will be saved in this building.”
The emotional high-point of the service was the arrival of Sam Fuqua, who gave the church to McLachlan 50 years ago. He was escorted in by members of the Rowland Heights church he presided over. Celebrants cheered and cried during the threeminute long standing ovation he received.
“He is happy today because Compton is his home, and he really enjoys visiting,” Rowland Heights Church member Michelle Dortignac said.
“We are all sisters and brothers in the Lord,” missionary Ann Bragg said. “I am proud to join in their celebration.”
Church Business Manager Elder Ashton “Jeff ” McLachlan said the celebration marks the jubilant end of a five-year journey to build the facility.
“The economy went down after the project started,” he said. “There were foreclosures all around us, and we had to pull together to keep the dream alive.”
Donations from the congregation, Jeff McLachlan said, were the key to surviving the crisis.
“This church had no federal funding source, and several members donated large sums of money to continue construction,” he said. “If the will is there, people will find a way to keep going.”
Future projects include installing a satellite dish to extend the church’s reach, and completing the vacant townhouse complex behind the church.
“We still have some touch-up work here to complete first,” McLachlan said. “Once we complete the odds and ends, I will engage the city to move the town homes forward.”
The project is another casualty of state cutbacks.
“Four builders are ready to go, but the end of redevelopment in California stopped our progress,” he said. “I spoke with former Community Redevelopment Agency Director Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye two weeks ago, and he thinks that the legislative obstacles delaying construction will be resolved by April.”
McLachlan said Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux continues to push for the completion of the project.
“She cares about her district, and all Compton residents,” he said.
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