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Berendo Street Baptist Church, entrance
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Allen, Jeff
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photo of Berendo Street Baptist Church, located at 975 S. Berendo, shows a modern cream-color church with brown trim and brown roof. Several stairs (not visible in this photo) lead to the main entrance, which displays the name of the church in large Korean letters with English words below; a simple, thin red cross sits over the entrance and numerous windows can be seen throughout.; Berendo Street Baptist Church is the oldest Korean Baptist church in the country. On March 10, 1957, Kim Dong-Myung ("Don") and Ahn Ee-Sook ("Esther"), home missionaries appointed by the North American Mission Board while students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, organized the second Korean Baptist church in the United States, Berendo Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The church experienced immediate growth, with some twenty nations joining their fellowship. By 1963, the church had baptized 190 people and had 226 members. Berendo quickly became the largest Korean church in Los Angeles, a fact that remained true until the middle 1970s. In 1989, under the new leadership of Park Sung-Kun, its second senior pastor, the church again experienced great growth. Today, the church has approximately 2,000 members.
1 photographic print :color ;11 x 16 cm.
Photographic prints
Jeff Allen Houses of Worship Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
Berendo Street Baptist Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Baptist church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Korean language--Writing
Los Angeles Photographers Collection photographs
Jeff Allen Houses of Worship Collection photographs

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