A crucifix rests upon a Spirit-filled Life Study Bible. Photo, Karen Lascaris.

West Angeles Christian Education: Study the Bible with Us!

West Angeles is regarded as one of the greatest churches in the country, but it’s also known for its educational ministry.

Every day, new developments in our society and around the world can inspire us to think more deeply about our beliefs, or even to question the daily decisions we make. Many of the issues which consume us may sometimes seem outside of our sphere of influence to solve. Whether political, economic, or social in nature, however, the answers can be found by growing closer to our faith.

Most of us probably take our understanding of Christian principles for granted. Yet, although we’ve all heard many times that renewing our minds will transform us (Romans 12:2), how many of us have considered doing so through guided biblical study? Maybe it’s time to make a change.


West Angeles’ Christian Education (WACE) classes are for anyone interested in using the principles of the Christian faith more effectively. The courses offered provide all levels of biblical study and are designed not only to serve those who are called to careers in ministry, but also to empower any Christian who wants to:

  • Live with purpose through the Word
  • Understand the Bible more thoroughly and how it relates to the times we live in
  • Improve their lives, their families’ lives, and the lives of others.

Classes offered through WACE are designed to help students create a deeper relationship with God, the church, and the Christian faith.

“We are facing a world of distressing and disturbing issues,” says Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., who serves as Chancellor of the West Angeles Bible College. “In our Bible studies, we learn about trusting in the promises of God and how to obey God. It allows us to share our thoughts and ideas on how to better ourselves and how to better others.”

Taught in both the traditional classroom setting and online, courses offered through WACE are designed to help students to serve the church and the world through responsible imparting of biblical knowledge.

Directed by Elder Oscar Owens, West Angeles Christian Education offers three levels of study:

Sunday School – West Angeles’ Sunday School has introductory-level courses for children, youth and adults which are designed to provide a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith. Geared to help students overcome life’s obstacles and daily issues, the roster offers a variety of classes for children ages 5-12 years of age, and youth Classes for ages 12-16 years of age.

Adult Sunday school classes include the New Members’ Class, which gives an overview of the principles of the Christian faith and COGIC history; Power for Living, which familiarizes students with the power and principles of the Holy Spirit and how to live a Christian life; The Total Man, which teaches men how God’s Word fills all of life’s needs; and Virtuous Woman Bible Study,  inter-generational sessions which show women how to grow in Christ while mentoring younger women.

School of Practical Christian Living – A mid-level study program, the School of Practical Christian Living introduces systematic Bible study and foundational biblical knowledge. Designed for those who desire to become more effective as a parent, spouse, or worker for Christ, the classes include: “What Am I Called of God To Do?”,“Financial Success How-to,” and “Foundational Studies for Aspiring Missionaries,” one of several certificate programs offered.

West Angeles Bible College – The Bible College provides college-level study in biblical, historical, and theological foundations of the Christian faith. This comprehensive training provides an academic understanding of the Bible to equip individuals to competently serve and apply the teachings of the gospel to the spiritual needs of those around them.

Classes include: “The Life of Christ”,“Christian Leadership,” “Understanding World Religions,” and “Church History 1 & 2.” WABC offers certifications and diplomas, an online-portal, and read-only access to the West Angeles Reference Library.

All adult Christian Education classes are at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard (unless otherwise specified); children and youth classes are held at 3010 Crenshaw Boulevard at the West Angeles Youth Center.

For information regarding schedules, Bible College fees, certificates offered and more, call West Angeles Church of God in Christ at 323/733-8300; department extensions can be found below:

  • Christian Education (including Sunday School inquiries) – Elder Oscar Owens, Director; Ayanna Bereal, Administrative Assistant to Elder Oscar Owens, X2345
  • Bible College – Letha Rhymes, Bible College Registrar , X2367
  • School of Practical Christian Living – Elder Richard Brooks, Christian Education Program Coordinator, X2366
  • Young Women’s Christian Council – Mrs. Renee Weathersby, President, X2765

Come study the bible with West Angeles Christian Education.

Online learning plays a significant role in promoting a desire for lifelong education, as a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education has found. According to the study, schools which offer an online learning component (whether taught completely online or blended) “on average produce stronger student learning outcomes than do classes with solely face-to-face instruction.”