Pastor Shep Crawford calls for Unity in the Community

Over the last couple of years, Pastor Shep has become a trusted conduit between rival gang members working with OG Bloods and Crips to reduce violence and promote peace in the South Los Angeles neighborhood where his church is located.

Church in The Park

Pastor Shep Crawford and Co-Pastor Dr. Shalonda Crawford of the Experience Christian Ministries (ECM) recently held a “Church at the Park” event in South Los Angeles as a gesture of peace and unity in the community.

In search of an ally that could help to bridge the gap between the black and the brown, the Crawford’s partnered with the BLACC Faith (Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition), LOUD (Latino Outreach and Understanding Division, and ISBL (International Society of Black Latinos) all initiatives of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

Church in the Park unity

The event was hosted by Tammi Mac of KJLH and comedian Ada Rodriguez.

“Overwhelmed is an understatement. To be able to serve the community, offer free resources and to actually meet the residence and shake their hands was invaluable. We wanted to let them know that we are here in the community as a church and a help for the people” says, Pastor Shep Crawford.

The one-day-only event offered free food, clothing, toiletries, employment resources, housing options, instant HIV testing, education services, allergy testing, financial counseling, face painting, games for the kids and performances by R&B singer Frankie J. Frankie J

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