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Largest Protestant Christian Churches in Los Angeles County

Congregation City Affiliation Average Attendance
The Dream Center (Los Angeles International Church) Los Angeles Nondenominational 35,000
Crenshaw Christian Center Los Angeles Nondenominational 16,000
Los Angeles Church of Christ Los Angeles International Church of Christ 15,000
West Angeles Church of God in Christ Los Angeles Church of God in Christ 13,000
Grace Community Church Sun Valley Nondenominational 10,000
Faithful Central Missionary Baptist Church Inglewood Missionary Baptist 8,000
The Church on the Way Van Nuys Four Square 8,000
Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles African Methodist Episcopal 8,000
Calvary Chapel Downey Calvary Chapel 7,000
First African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles African Methodist Episcopal 6000
Calvary Chapel Golden Springs Diamond Bar Calvary Chapel 5,000

Source: Hartford Institute for Religion Research


Founded in 1903, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood became the largest Protestant congregation in
North America during the mid-20th Century. This was attributed to the leadership of exceptional pastors such
as Dr. Stuart MacLennan (1921-1940), Dr. Louis Evans (1941-1952) and Dr. Ray Lindquist (1953-1972)
and renowned Sunday School curriculum pioneer and church Christian Education Director, Dr. Henrietta Mears.
Dr. Mears was named one of the outstanding religious leaders of the 20th century by Christianity Today magazine.
On a side note, Dr. Mears was also credited with saving the church from original plans to build the Hollywood
Freeway directly through the church property in the 1940s. She successfully lobbied to get the freeway to curve
around the church (thus the subsequent "bow" in the freeway between Franklin and Sunset).



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