Ministries

BODY AND SOUL MINISTRY

Karen Nelson, Director

abc.bodyandsoulministry@gmail.com
Meeting Times: Ministry Meeting – Call Meetings

Our mission is to present workshops that provide our membership and families with the tools they need to live up to their God-given purpose. The Body and Soul Ministry will host and facilitate events related to practical living circumstances that affect physical, spiritual and mental well-being. These events promote awareness, education, and assist to increase and sustain a complete Christian life.

BOOK CLUB

Shirley Matthews, Director

323 779-6845 | shanedmann@aol.com
Meeting Times: 3rd Monday Monthly, Room #106 at 7:00 pm

Our ministry consists of fellowship and reading books that encourage Holy Living in our walk with Christ. While we read Fiction and Non-fiction, many of the books deepen our understanding of Scripture so that we may continue to educate ourselves about the things of God.

BULLETIN BOARD MINISTRY

Tasha Ulmer-Smith, Director

310 956-8328 | missulmer@live.com
Meeting Times: Call Meetings

The Bulletin Board Ministry is a team of members who strives to reach one common goal, and that’s to use our God given gift of creativity to keep the interior of the church refreshed with nicely organized decorated bulletin boards that hold valuable information for ABC members and guest.

CARING CONNECTION MINISTRY

Johnnie Bonds, Director

310 412-2299 | librachild1974@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: 2nd Saturdays Monthly, Room #111 at 10:00 am

“Carry each other’s burdens, and this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2. The purpose of this ministry is to make a caring connection with all of Atherton’s church family who are sick, shut-in, bereaved, or are in prison. This ministry also includes calling, praying, sending inspirational words of encouragement, and monthly fellowship. The ministry keeps church administration and congregation of informed of members’ condition.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

La Shonda Johnson, Director

323 757-3113 ext. 308 | LDYjohnson@live.com
Meeting Times: 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in Rm#110

ABC Children’s Ministry purpose is to serve the children of Atherton Baptist Church in LOVE by following the footsteps of Christ Jesus our Lord, also preparing them to “Go into all nations and make disciples”. Through much prayer, encouragement and spiritual partnership with parents/guardians we are teaching our children to Grow in the WORD OF GOD-Mentally, Spiritually, and Socially.

This Ministry includes the weekly Sunday Children’s Church for both 8am and 11am services, Meeting the needs for children between the ages of 5-12.

Wednesday night Bible Study at 7:00pm for children ages 3 to 12, with a light dinner following also Tutoring, Monday – Thursday for all children, 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

Annually ABC Children’s Ministry hosts Children’s Conference, Parent workshops, Back to School event, Fashion shows, Volunteer/Youth training and Children’s Health awareness Day with Many more activities to come.

Atherton Baptist Church Children’s Ministry encourages all interested in serving to complete a ministry application and background check.

But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Luke 18:16 NIV

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRY

Freddie Williams, Director

323 757-3117 ext 204 | christianed@athertonbc.org
Meeting Times: 3rd Saturdays Monthly, Room #106 at 9:00 am

Atherton offers many biblically based opportunities to grow in the knowledge of God. Our goal is to provide various venues that are conducive for learning, fellowship, and worship Christian Education Pamphlet

COMPUTER LAB AND WEBSITE MINISTRY

Pauline Flanagan, Director

323 757-3113 ext 315 | pauline183@gmail.com
Meeting: Call Meeting

The purpose of this ministry is to offer members training and assistance with the use of the computer, Internet, devices and applications in the Computer Lab. We help troubleshoot hardware and software problems that members may have on their home computers and devices. We also help keep Atherton’s website updated with current information.

DANCE MINISTRY

Donna Thomas, Director

424 223-7292 mobile | 310 676-5589 | donnathomas@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: as follows:

This ministry This ministry ministers God’s Word through dance. The purpose of this ministry is to encourage, lead souls to Christ, and to expand Gods’ Kingdom. Our goal is also to live a life of excellence according to the Word of God.

Ministry Meet Days Time Rm Frequency
Dance Monday 7 – 8:30 p.m. 204 WKLY
Dance Saturday 8- 9:30 a.m. 204 WKLY

Dance Ministry Pamphlet

DEACONESS MINISTRY

Lisa Dodson, Director

323 777-1386
Meeting Times: 1st Sunday, Room #111 at 10:00 am

The purpose of the Deaconess Ministry is to give spiritual leadership in assisting women in the church. Other responsibilities include assisting the pastor, preparing Communion and Communion Table, and assisting in preparing candidates for Baptism.

DEACONS MINISTRY

Charles Larkin, Director

310 538-4221 | larkin.charles@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: 3rd Saturday monthly, Church Annex at 10:00 am

Deacons at ABC serve under the leadership of the Sr. Pastor and the Deacon’s Chairman. They are charged with the spiritual responsibility of serving the church family by rendering aide, comfort and support to all members. Other responsibilities include being actively involved in all church activities, praying for the pastor, leadership team and the church congregation.

DECORATION MINISTRY

Patricia Morton, Director

323-691-0767 | patriciamorton@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: As Needed

The Decoration Ministry at ABC provides beautiful decorations and décor suggestions for the sanctuary, Christian Education building and Fellowship Hall. They also help to provide decorations for special events, and holidays.

DRAMATIC ARTS MINISTRY

Donna Thomas, Director

323 756-7331 | patriciamorton@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Tuesdays weekly, Room #204 at 7:00 PM

This ministry’s focus is on sharing the gift of acting with the body of Christ. During the year several Christian theatrical productions are presented. If you are an actor or an aspiring actor, or would like to be involved with theater support behind the scene, please connect with our ministry.
Dramatic Arts Ministry Pamplet

Dramatic Arts Tuesday 7 – 8:30 p.m. 204 WKLY

FACILITIES MINISTRY

323 757-3113 ext 102

The ABC Facilities Ministry focuses on the maintenance and upkeep of our church. They are responsible for maintaining our beautiful church campus as well as maintaining all off-site properties. In addition, the Facilities Ministry takes care of the daily maintenance of cleaning, landscape, lawn, plants and special projects.

FIRST AIDERS MINISTRY

Ann Weber, Director

323 770-1328
Meeting Times: 2nd Saturday, Quarterly, Room #102 at 10:00 AM

The First Aiders Ministry is a ministry that assist people when any type of health issues arise during services at ABC. They are trained in administering first aid and hold first aid certificates. An ABC First Aider handles all first aid issues that may arise during any events at Atherton Baptist church.

GREETER’S MINISTRY

Bryenda Hall, Director

323 754-4513 | bryendahall@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times:
4th Saturdays / Bi-Monthly at 9:00 AM, Room #109.

The Greeters Ministry was established to create an environment that reflects God’s love through personal interactions with members and guests as they arrive for a service or event.
Greeter’s Pamphlet

JUBILEE MINISTRY

Josephine (Josie) Thacker, Director

323 291-6525 | leesmile@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Third Saturday monthly, Room 110, at 10;00 AM

The Jubilee Ministry celebrates women age 55 and over. This is a support and fellowship ministry. The ministry provides assistance to Women / Children Shelters and Veteran Facilities. We also host collections and distributions of blankets and warm clothing for the homeless. We host activities for different social outing such as Christmas & Easter Performances, train trips to San Diego with tours, plays. We use this as a ministry to bring together church members, family members and friends as all are welcome to attend these outings. Our ministry also hosts once a year a church salad social with emphasis on nutrition and exercise. We are further involved in the planning, organizing and printing of our church directory which presents pictures and information on our church family.

KITCHEN/CULINARY MINISTRY

Lydia Davis

562 988-0481 | davisyoung@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

The Kitchen Ministry prepares and serves food for most special events. They also work with ministries to assist them in properly planning and preparing meals for specific events. This ministry is also responsible for the care and inventory of all kitchen related item. This ministry offers many opportunities for volunteer service. If you have experience with food preparation, working in a commercial style kitchen, or a willingness to learn please contact the Kitchen Ministry leader.
Kitchen/Culinary Ministry Pamphlet

MEDIA MINISTRY

Amrys Magee, Director

323 757-3113 x100 | athertonmedia@icloud.com
Meeting Times: As Needed

The Media Ministry of Atherton Baptist Church offers many opportunities for volunteer service. If you have experience with technical aspects of sound, lighting, or cameras, or a willingness to learn these skills, you may find a place of service on the Atherton Media Ministry Team. Contact the Media Ministry if you are interested in serving during Atherton’s Worship services or special events.

MEN’S MINISTRY

George Williams III, Director

323 757-3113, ext 312 | gawilliamsIII@gmail.com
Meeting Times: 2nd Thursdays, Monthly, Room #110 at 6:00 PM

The Men’s Ministry goals are to provide an open forum where men can be taught the Word of God; empowered and equipped to become spiritual leaders; through stewardship, fellowship and the teaching of sound Christian doctrine.
2016 Video Men’s Conference

MOTHERS MINISTRY

Alice Grant, President

323 755-9236 |
Meeting Times: 2nd Sunday Monthly, Fellowship Hall

The Mother’s Ministry is made up of some selected Senior Mothers of the Church. The ministry involves being models for the younger women and making themselves available to share spiritual and practical wisdom with them. The Mother’s Ministry is also a support system to the Deaconess Ministry to help where they can in caring and calling the elderly.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Rodney Potts, Director

323 757-3113 ext 101 | hormy1980@msn.com
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

The ABC Music & Arts Ministry consists of various choirs, drama teams, and the ABC Dance Ministry. This Ministry’s goal is to glorify and praise God through song, dance and drama and prepare the atmosphere for worship. It also endeavors to soften the hearts and minds of the unsaved and lead them to a desire to join or rededicate themselves to the body of Christ.

NEW BEGINNINGS MINISTRY

Jovetta E. Smith, Director

323 757-3113 x301 | msjovetta@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: 3rd Sundays/Quarterly, Room #110 at 1:00 PM

New Beginnings Ministry is designed to contact and to welcome new members into the Atherton Family. We also invite them to attend our new members’ class and Bible Study. The New Beginnings is available to answer questions, provide information, and encourage new members to become involved in one of Atherton’s many ministries. New Beginnings Ministry was established to provide a service of connection between new members and the church.

NURSERY MINISTRY

Melyn Mays, Director

323 428-5026 | melynm@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: 1st Tuesdays, Quarterly, Room #110 at 6:00 PM

ABC Children’s Church services are held every Sunday at 11:00 am in Room 209 except the 3rd Sunday of each month when the children sing. Children church is designed to provide a Christian learning environment for children ages 5 to 11.

OUTREACH MINISTRY

George Williams III, Director

323 757-3113 ext 312 | gawilliamsIII@gmail.com
Meeting Times: 1st Thursday monthly, Room #110 at 6:00 pm

The Outreach Ministry works diligently toward evangelizing and reaching out to the least and the lost that are left behind in our church and community. The Outreach Ministry and volunteers from our church, also partner with Christian Force Ministry to make a difference in their community meeting spiritual and physical needs.

PHOTOGRAPHY MINISTRY

Kimberly Watkins, Director

562-634-1909 | kymdwat@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

Photography Ministry is designed to capture a moment in time that we will never regain again. We photograph various ministries, church outing’s conferences, workshops, and events that take place at Atherton and abroad. The photos are then placed in our display cabinets located in the foyer. This allows our New Members, Family, Friends and Visitors to get a glimpse of what’s happening at ABC. The Photography Ministry allows you to:

  1. Home your photo skills
  2. Edit and crop photos
  3. Photoshop
  4. Hands on experiences
  5. Express your creative side

You do not have to own a camera in order to be part of this ministry. The Photography Ministry welcomes anyone who has an eye to shoot, a desire to do or learn any of the skills listed and a willingness to serve.

PRAYER MINISTRY

Frank O. Phillips, Minister of Prayer and Visitation

323 757-3113 x113 | phillipsf@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16. The Prayer Ministry of Atherton Baptist Church is blessed every Tuesday night to gather at 7:00 pm, to come into God’s presence, with song, praise, and prayer. We stand in the gap for others and also learn biblical principles for a meaningful prayer life. You are welcome to join us every Tuesday night and may God continue to bless you is our prayer.

RECREATION MINISTRY

Linda Hayes, Director

310 532-6675 | nyequil@aol.com
Meeting Times: As Needed

The Recreation Ministry of Atherton Baptist Church is designed to encourage Christian fun and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere. It is a way for the members to build relationships with each other outside of structured activities, encouraging those of different generations to interact with each other. Our Recreation Ministry is responsible for our Annual Picnic and a variety of other activities throughout the year.

RESOURCE CENTER

Amrys MaGee, Director

323 757 3113, ext 100 | athertonmedia@icloud.com
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

The Resource Center’s purpose and ministry is to provide our members and visitors with life changing and inspiring Christian resources. These resources include bibles, books, CDs and DVDs of our weekly church services. We offer books on a variety of subjects that range from healing, faith, the Holy Spirit, leadership, to marriage, family and relationships. We also offer a large selection of Bibles, bible study tools and devotional guides. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual growth of our members and visitors through excellent customer service spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

R.T.C. (REVOLUTIONIZE THE CULTURE) YOUNG ADULT

DeAndre Harling, Director

323 495-6486 (cell)
| deandreharling@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: 3rd Sunday, Monthly, Church Annex at 1:00 pm

R.T.C. Mission Statement
As a ministry, we strive to uplift, encourage and spread the unconditional love of God by letting the Holy Spirit to shine through us in such a dark world. We continually seek to be vessels of God by spreading His Word and using our lives as testaments for those who are lost and have the desire in their hearts to be saved.
R.T.C. Vision Statement
We want to be transparent, bold and selfless to demonstrate to the world that as God’s children we are heirs to His Kingdom and have a unique calling for building it. We want to lead all our brothers and sisters to Christ so they can find their purpose and know the love of God for themselves.

SCHOLARSHIP MINISTRY

Peggy Barton, Director

323 757-3113 x318 | pbarton_1@msn.com
Meeting Times: 3rd Mondays at 7:00 pm

The Scholarship Ministry is a ministry striving to lead our students to academic excellence through enrichment, guidance motivation and teaching. “For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23.”
Scholarship Ministry Pamphlet

Applications in PDF format:

SENIOR MINISTRY

Louida Shaw, Director

562-402-7016 | ablesn4you@yahoo.com
Meetings Times: 1st Tuesdays monthly, Room #110 at 12:00 noon

The goal of the Seniors Ministry is to provide Seniors with opportunities for friendship, personal growth, spiritual development and community service. Participants in the Seniors Ministry will have an opportunity to offer suggestions and support up-building activities. Please, join us at our monthly meetings or participate in upcoming activities.

SPORTS & ATHLETIC MINISTRY

Andre Carter, Director

323 595-1117 (cell) | justdre@att.net
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

We are a ministry dedicated to the enrichment of the Christian Life Experience through Sports. Our goal is to provide fellowship, outreach, and physical activity to Atherton’s members and potential members. If you are interested in participating, please sign up for our Basketball or Softball teams announced throughout the year.
Sports & Athletics Ministry Pamphlet

TRAFFIC CONTROL MINISTRY

Michelle Brown, Director

310 848-8042
| goforbrowns1@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: Called on as-needed basis

Traffic Control Ministry provides a positive and effective solution to residential parking concerns by maximizing parking spaces and controlling pedestrian crossing safely in the intersections during 8 am and 11 am services and special events. We are committed to showing love and respect toward our brothers and sisters in Christ as we usher you into the parking lots as well as building healthy relationship with our neighbors.

TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

Walter Maye, Director

323 756-3638 | walterretired@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Call Meeting

The transportation ministry is a support program for our church, youth, children and Day Care program. It is designed to assist with transportation to outings, ministry events, and some recreation events. If you have a Class C license and have a desire for this type of ministry, we welcome you to join us.

TRUSTEE MINISTRY

Jason Anderson, Chair

323 757-3113 ext 110 | jsn.anderson@gmail.com
Meeting: last Tuesday of the month, Room #114 at 7:00 pm

Trustees are legal agents for the church. They maintain and handle the business affairs of the church. This is an appointed position.

USHER MINISTRY – ADULT

Martha Spraggins, Director

310 324-4782 | mspraggins@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Mondays before 1st Sunday, Sanctuary at 6:30 PM

The ABC Senior Usher Ministry is made up of Christian men and women who desire to serve God’s Kingdom, and the Atherton Baptist Church family. This Ministry is responsible for greeting and assisting all who come through Atherton’s door by helping them locate a seat and make sure they are comfortable as possible. Atherton Ushers take pride in their ministry because we are the doorkeepers of the Lord’s House and often the first point of contact. The Senior Usher Ministry is dedicated to representing the Lord well. We are always looking for additional Ushers.

USHER MINISTRY – YOUTH

Tony Carter, Director

323 292-1641 | tonisblessed@att.net
Meeting Times: 3rd Sunday Monthly, Sanctuary at 10:15 am

The ABC Youth Usher Ministry is made up of Christian youth who desire to serve God’s Kingdom, and the Atherton Baptist Church family. This Ministry is responsible for greeting and assisting all who come through Atherton’s door by helping them locate a seat and make sure they are comfortable as possible. Atherton Ushers take pride in their ministry because we are the doorkeepers of the Lord’s House and often the first point of contact. The Senior Usher Ministry is dedicated to representing Lord well. We are always looking for additional Ushers.

VIDEO MINISTRY

Lillian Grant, Director
Darlene Beckles, Leader

310 854-9631 (cell) | a2000grant2@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: Mondays Weekly, Church Annex at 6:30 pm

The Video Ministry is responsible for all video productions that are seen in all of our weekly worship services. If you are interested in any aspect of video film production, News casting and behind scenes. Please contact Lilian Grant for more information.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY

Tracy Thomas, Director

trachfalls@yahoo.com
Meeting Times: 2nd Wednesdays monthly, Room #110 at 6:00 pm

The mission of the Women’s Ministry is to assist in the spiritual growth and development of all women at Atherton. This ministry seeks to minister to the whole woman and her unique spiritual, emotional, physical, financial, and social needs. Ministry opportunities available include: Bible study, prayer teams, seasonal retreats, conferences, seminars, fellowships, book club, outreach projects, health / fitness classes, and a mentoring program linking younger and older women together in fellowship.

YOUNG AND CHOSEN

Terry and Shirl Bolen, Servant-Leaders

323 757-3113 | Shirl Bolen: i71bolen@yahoo.com | Terry Bolen: irockjesus@att.net
Meeting Times: 2nd Saturdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am

The Young but Chosen Ministry Program is an eight-month program designed and dedicated to equip all youth and young adult Men and women between the ages of 8 and 25 with the knowledge of who they are in Jesus Christ. This Mentorship Program instills in them the truth of God; assists with them discovering and maximizing their God-given talents and abilities through the Word of God; and teaches them to embrace their call to leadership. Every member will participate in individual and group lessons, discussion, workshops and youth events. This program will help all participants to identify the gifts that God has given them and show them how to live a God-centered, victorious life through Christ Jesus every day. Oh, and can’t forget… They will learn how to share with others the gospel and how cool it is being a Christian!

Volunteers serious about ministry and a heart for youth are needed. Ages 30-Up.

YOUTH MINISTRY

Pastor Immanuel Fears, Pastor

323 757-3113, ext 203 | pastorfears@sbcglobal.net
Meeting Times: Call Meetings

The Youth Ministry at Atherton commits itself to weekly teachings of The WORD of GOD. We inspire, encourage, and motivate youth to live for Christ in everything they do. It is through midweek Bible study, Sunday morning teaching, and Sunday morning services that we equip youth to reach out and live in a world with sin. Our services and facilities are targeted towards reaching the young population. The Loft allows students to express themselves in Praise and Worship unhindered by traditional expectations..