By Kia Croom
San Pablo Avenue Church of Christ hosted the 49th Annual West Coast Preachers and Leaders Forum, featuring more than 42 ministers,
Between 300 and 400 people attended the forum, which took place from Feb. 5-9. The theme of this year’s event was 21st Century opportunities and challenges facing the church.
Left to Right: Minister Willie Brown, San Pablo Ave. Church of Christ, Oakland; Minister Sammy Jones, Sr., San Pablo Ave. Church of Christ, Oakland; Minister Vincent Hawkins, keynote speaker at the Banquet held at the Oakland Hilton. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.
Minster Willie Brown co-facilitated the forum with Evangelist Sammy Jones, Sr., who are both of San Pablo Avenue Church of Christ.
Minister Brown explained the purpose of the annual gathering, which is convened within the Church of Christ each year at a different location.
“The convocation exists for the sole purpose of the edification, exaltation and unification of the scriptural principles set forth by the New Testament doctrine and practice,” he said.
The forum featured ministers from the West Coast and several other states including Oklahoma, Texas and Washington D.C. They discussed a variety of topics including “Strengthening our Families in our Fragmented Society,” “Countering Secular Values with Spiritual Perspectives” and “Salvation for Lost, Confused and Hurting Souls.”
The event also featured a banquet, which was held at the Oakland Hilton.
According to Minister Brown, the 50th Annual West Coast Preachers and Leaders Forum will take place in Los Angeles in February 2013 and will be hosted by Minister Billy C. Curl at the Crenshaw Church of Christ.