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Largest Protestant Christian Churches
Los Angeles County

West Angeles Church of God in Christ, West Adams, Los Angeles

West Angeles Church of God in Christ, West Adams, Los Angeles, 2011. Photo by Downtowngal, Wikimedia Commons.

Church City Affiliation Average Attendance
West Angeles Church of God in Christ Los Angeles Church of God in Christ 13,000
Calvary Chapel Golden Springs Diamond Bar Calvary Chapel 12,000
City of Refuge Church Gardena Pentecostal (Unspecified) 10,000
Faith Community Church West Covina Independent Nondenominational 10,000
First African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles African Methodist Episcopal 10,000
Calvary Chapel South Bay Gardena Calvary Chapel 9,200
The Church on the Way Van Nuys Four Square 9,032
Calvary Chapel Downey Calvary Chapel 9,000
The Dream Center / Angelus Temple Los Angeles Four Square 8,975
Shepherd of the Hills Church Porter Ranch Independent Christian Churches or Unspecified 8,675
Faithful Central Bible Church Inglewood Independent Nondenominational 8,000
Grace Community Church Sun Valley Independent Nondenominational 8,000
Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles African Methodist Episcopal 8,000
Lancaster Baptist Church Lancaster Baptist (Unspecified) 6,000
Real Life Church Valencia Independent Nondenominational 5,105
Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship Lancaster Vineyard 5,000
La Iglesia en el Camino Van Nuys Four Square 5,000
Lake Avenue Church Pasadena Independent Nondenominational 5,000
Iglesia De Restauracion Inc. Los Angeles Evangelical 4,000
Pomona First Baptist Church Pomona American Baptist 4,000
Oriental Mission Church Los Angeles Independent Christian Churches or Unspecified 3,800
Ministerios Llamada Final Downey Independent Nondenominational 3,500
Calvary Community Church Westlake Village Calvary Chapel 3,200
Crenshaw Christian Center Los Angeles Church of God, Anderson 3,000
Morningstar Christian Chapel Whittier Independent Nondenominational 3,000
Rolling Hills Covenant Church Rolling Hills Estates Evangelical Covenant 3,000
Whittier Area Community Church Whittier Baptist General Conference 3,000
Torrance First Presbyterian Church Torrance Progressive National Baptist 2,800
Mission Eben Ezer Family Church Carson Assemblies of God 2,750
Calvary Bible Church Burbank Independent Nondenominational 2,600
Christian Assembly Foursquare Church Eagle Rock Four Square 2,600
Agape International Center for Truth Culver City Religious Science 2,500
Calvary Chapel Montebello Montebello Calvary Chapel 2,500
Iglesia Cristiana Rios De Agua Viva Pomona Pentecostal (Unspecified) 2,500
Parkcrest Christian Church Long Beach Independent Nondenominational 2,500
Bel Air Presbyterian Church Los Angeles Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. 2,394
Grace Baptist Church Santa Clarita Baptist General Conference 2,300
Central Christian Church Lancaster Independent Nondenominational 2,200
First Chinese Baptist Church Los Angeles Baptist (Unspecified) 2,200
First Church of the Nazarene Pasadena Church of the Nazarene 2,184

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 the original plan to build the Hollywood Freeway directly through the church property in the 1940s. She successfully lobbied for the freeway to curve around the church (thus the subsequent "bow" in the freeway between Franklin and Sunset).