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November 10, 2006
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At a Theater Near You…Church?
Posted by Lisa Regardie on Nov 5, 2006, 22:00
LOS ANGELES—Attending church has never been more entertaining than the present time. At first glance of the chapel’s exterior, one may get the impression he or she is about to go inside and witness some great performance—although not a play, but rather a sermon. On Sunday, Oct. 8, more than 1,000 people attended Westside Shepherd of the Hills, a new church to the West Los Angeles community, to not only propel the house of worship to a great new start, but also to be a part of the kick-off celebration at the Wadsworth Theater.
In 1995, Dudley Rutherford became pastor of Shepherd of the Hills, Porter Ranch, when, as the church stated, “God united it with Hillcrest Christian Church.” Over the years, more than 6,500 people have attended services each week. His dynamic speaking ability has made him a highly sought after respected convention speaker, a frequent speaker to several professional sports teams, and a featured chapel speaker for the World Series. Pastor Rutherford also has had the distinction of serving as the vice president of the North American Christian Convention.
In opening this additional campus, Shepherd of the Hills greatly increases their ability to touch hearts and meet the needs of the greater Los Angeles community. Westside Shepherd of the Hills offers an inspiring message by Pastor Rutherford or a stellar guest speaker each week, quality programs for the children—infants through fifth graders, ample parking, and a welcoming atmosphere. Refreshments are served after the services.
“There are so many wonderful people here,” stated Rutherford, senior pastor, in a news release. “We are so excited to be here and are interested in blessing and serving this community in any way we can.”
Westside Shepherd of the Hills Church, located at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., is an independent, non-denominational church meeting at The Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles on the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration Campus at the corner of San Vicente and Wilshire Boulevards.
Centered on a 27-acre parcel of land, and operated by RICHMARK Entertainment, the 1939-era theater is a historic landmark that was built in the Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival architectural style with a stucco finish and red clay tile roofing. A renovation of the building completed in 2002, includes restoration of its original Art Deco interior, a new fly loft, additional power, equipment and more. The Wadsworth has played host to numerous Broadway shows, concerts, movie premieres, screenings, dance, symposia and more, according to Calenderlive.com.
More information about the church and its services can be found by calling the church office at 310-551-0100, or by visiting http://www.mywestsidechurch.com/.
Photo Courtesy of Westside Shepherd of the Hills