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OUR CHURCH FAMILY


With a passion and zeal for the lost and hurting world, our church is looking for ways to build bridges to a cynical and jaded society. We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people along the journey. It’s very important to believe that you’re the one. We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people along the journey. We stress cultural relevancy and utilize all media and means to communicate the church message. It’s very important to believe that you’re the one.


SERVICE TIMES

Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30
Sunday School 9:00 – 10:15

LOCATION
1102 Fourth Street
San Fernando California 91340

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OUR MISSION

Loving God:
The Mission of the AME Church is to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.

The Purposes are:
The ultimate purposes are : (1) make available God’s biblical principles, (2) spread Christ’s liberating gospel, and (3) provide continuing programs which will enhance the entire social development of all people.


OUR VISION

Serving Each Other:
We serve God by serving each other. At every level of  the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save the lost, and to serve the needy.  It is also the duty of the Church to continue to encourage all members to become involved in all aspects of church training.

The Objectives | Changing The World:
In order to meet the needs at every level of the Connection and in every local church, the AME Church shall implement strategies to train all members in: (1) Christian discipleship, (2) Christian leadership, (3) current teaching methods and materials, (4) the history and the significance of the AME Church, (%) God’s biblical principles, and (6) social development to which all should be applied to daily living.


OUR STAFF

Rt. Rev. Clement W. Fugh

Presiding Bishop

Clement Willie Fugh, son of the late Reverend Joseph and Deborah Malone Fugh, is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he attended Memphis State University (BBA in Economics and Finance), and Boston University School of Theology (ThM in Pastoral Care)

Bishop Fugh, an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME CHURCH), has served as pastor of congregations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. He led Greater Bethel AME Church, Nashville, TN, in the erection of a state of the art multipurpose worship and service center, fulfilling a thirty year dream of that congregation.

At the 46th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Church, held in July 2000, he was elected as its 5th General Secretary and Chief Information Officer. At the 49th General Conference, held in 2012, he was elected and consecrated the 131st Bishop of the AME Church. He was assigned general superintendent of the 14th Episcopal District, comprised of seven West African countries. In 2016 he was assigned presiding bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District covering fourteen states from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Bishop Fugh is married to Alexia Butler Fugh, a registered nurse and Clinical Research Consultant. They are the parents of two adult children and two grandchildren

Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams

Presiding Elder

Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams was appointed Presiding Elder of the Los Angeles North District of the Southern California Conference on October 26, 2014. This district comprises 27 congregations stretching across Southern and Central California, Los Angeles to the Riverside, San Bernardino, Inland Empire, Lompoc, and Bakersfield. His goal for each congregation is to equip pastors and congregations with the tools for the implementation of effective discipleship principles and kingdom building.

Rev. Reuben W. Ford and First Lady Joyce Ford

Pastor and First lady

The Reverend Reuben W. Ford, was assigned Senior Pastor of Parks Chapel AME Church, San Fernando, CA, on 27 October 2019. He served for 16 years as Senior Pastor, at Santa Monica First AME Church, Santa Monica, CA, and the Chairman of the Board of FAME Redevelopment Corporation since November 2004.

Pastor Ford earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from American Christian College and Seminary, Oklahoma City, OK, and received a Certificate of Completion from The Management Institute for Executives of Non-Profit Organizations, Springfield College, Springfield Massachusetts.

While serving at FAME Santa Monica, Pastor Ford also served as an assistant to Chaplain Ministries Veteran Administration, Wilshire Branch. He is a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC). He has served on numerous civic and community organizations such as HIV Aids Education and Prevention, Prostate and Diabetes Screening, and Wellness and Healthy Living for the African American Community while pastoring St. Paul AME Church, Santa Barbara 1994-2004 and Providence AME Church, Lompoc 1989-1994.

Pastor Ford is married, First Lady Joyce Ford, and they have one son, Gabriel. As a Vietnam Veteran, he served in the United States Air Force 1963-1967. He served one tour of duty in Vietnam, 20th Helicopter 1965-1966. He was honorably discharged June 1967.

Rev. Dr. L. Fisher Hines

Retired

Coming soon

Rev. Glenn Berry, Local Elder

Associate Minister

Rev. Glenn L. Berry was born in Kansas City, Kansas and would come to Los Angeles, Calif. to make his home. Rev. Berry enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. in 1970.

Rev. Berry is an ordained Local Elder assigned to Parks Chapel AME Church, San Fernando, Calif.

Rev. Berry is married to Bonnye Caldwell Berry. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Rev. Berry works for Compton Unified School District. WHEN there is some free time Rev. Berry is a serious billiards player, playing in billiard leagues in both the Valley and Los Angeles.

Above all, Rev. Berry needs you to know, `` he is Called by God and is a man of God``.

Reverend Elbert Sherrod,

Associate Minister

Reverend has been a Member of the African Methodist Church since 1991. He has served
as a member of the Trustee and Stewart Boards, as Lay Organization President, a Sunday Church School Teacher and in various Youth Ministry positions, in both Parks Chapel AME Church and Bethel AME Church, in Oxnard , CA. Rev. Sherrod has dedicated his life, time, talents and treasure to the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God.
One of his guiding verses is “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4).

Bro. Andrae Alexander

Minister of Music

Andrae Alexander has a Masters degree in Music from Cal State Northridge. He is a professor of music business at USC. He formerly was the principal pianist for the White House. He has been a composer for ``Empire ``and movies such as the new ``Birth of A Nation.`` Alexander is a member of the Marine Corp band. He has extensive experience teaching and has been with Parks Chapel since 2012.

Sis. Gwen Owens

Associate Musician

singer Gwen Owens was a native of Detroit, where she had begun singing in church, and after being discovered at a high-school talent show, she recorded for local record labels from the mid-1960s. In 1969 a track she'd recorded: ``Keep on Living,`` was picked up by Josie Records and reached #40 on the Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles Chart. Owens also performed in local concerts mostly headlined by Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Originals, and Edwin Starr; she also performed with Al Green.

Relocating to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, Owens began a session singing career backing David Axelrod, Randy Brown, Coke Escovedo, Willie Hutch, Billy Preston, and Al Wilson; she provided live support for Ann-Margret, Jose Feliciano, the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Nancy Sinatra, and Raquel Welch. In 1972 Owens was signed to a production contract with Muscle Shoals Sound Studio session men Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford, who recorded Owens at Muscle Shoals as the inaugural artist for a projected southern division of Motown Records. Ultimately Motown decided not to proceed with ``Motown South,`` dropping Owens. Her five completed Muscle Shoals tracks were shopped to other labels, with the newly formed Casablanca Records picking up the tracks ``You Better Watch Out`` and ``Everybody Needs Love`` for release in 1973; the same single was re-issued in 1974 on Warner Bros. Records - then a Casablanca affiliate.
Today, she is ``back home`` teaching music and singing at Parks Chapel AME Church (in Los Angeles).