Welcome to the Light & Life West (WEST) website. I am glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our church family. As we describe West to people, I use words like ‘community’ and ‘family.’ We are also known as “The People Loving Place.”
West was founded in 2003 as the 6th church plant from Light and Life North in their vision “Mission 2010.” "Mission 2010" was the Vision of Pastor Larry Walkemeyer and Light and Life North Church to plant a church in each of the city council districts in Long Beach. West was commissioned to District 7. October 30, 2016, West purchased and moved into a new building at 6465 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, Ca.
Before we became a church plant, we held a Saturday night service called “Urban Praise.” In September of 2003, a core team of approximately 80 adults (comprised of leaders and regular attendees of the Urban Praise service) trusted God in being the heart of God in another section of our wonderful city of Long Beach.
Since our beginning, it is evident that we are a multi-ethnic congregation with a heart to be a healthy community of life-giving Christians who are devoted to being followers of Jesus Christ.
Based on our Core Values: Obedience to the Word, Prayer, Fellowship, Discipleship and Family, we are committed to pursuing the kind of authentic Christianity that will enable God to use us to be His Light and Life here on this earth. To the Glory of God and to the salvation of all people.
We are a group of people committed to following Jesus. That means we worship Him with vigor and joy. That means we encourage prayer in church and throughout life. That means we love people outside the church through generosity, invitation, and compassion.
Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed at West. And once here, we pray that people will meet God and because of meeting God, give their lives to Jesus Christ. We want that for you. Come as you are. Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus.
While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but only a glimpse. To fully understand us, come to a worship service or to a small group and feel the up-close, in-person fellowship that comes when people share time together with the Holy Spirit present. Enjoy the website, then come. We’d love to meet you and know you.
Pastor Charles & Pastor Carolyn Latchison