Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary
Baptist Church

"Church of the Press"

Weekly Meeting Schedule

Sunday School: 9:00am
Sunday Worship: 10:30am
Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm

Welcome Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church- Church of The PRESS

Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church is located in the heart of South Los Angeles. You will not find a traditional environment put in place by man, but one of freedom, excitement, passion and authenticity, as led by the Holy Spirit. We are people serving together in pursuit of one thing… Eternal Life! We believe and practice in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Come for a fresh anointing

Gethsemane Christian Love Purpose Statement:

Because Jesus is Lord, the purpose of this church is to go forth with the Ministry that HE (Jesus) started; Preaching, Teaching and Healing in the name of Jesus Christ. Along with reaching the lost, we will equip believers for the army of God here on earth, moving them from sons and daughters, to soldiers; from membership to discipleship; all to the Glory of God.

(Matthew 4:23 and Mark 16:15-20)

Church History

Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church
Come For Some Fresh Oil

What an Inspiration!
What a Responsibility!

We are laborers for GOD!
What a Privilege!

The Gethsemane Baptist Church was organized in May of 1955.

The present congregation is the result of a merger in 1963 between Gethsemane Baptist Church, pastored by the late Rev Charlie Jackson, the organizer, and the Christian Love Baptist Church established in 1954, pastored by the late Rev Bert Collins. The following gives our history in great detail.

On March 19, 1954 the Christian Love Baptist Church had its earliest beginning in the home of Reverend and Mrs. Bert Collins, at 783 East Vernon Ave. with the Rev. Townsend and Rev. Barnett presiding. Rev. Bert Collins was Pastor and Founder. The Church was named Christian Love Baptist Church. Its theme: A Church Which Advocates the True Spirit of Its Name.

Approximately one year later, a group of Christian women met in the home of Sarah Posey at 9218 Firth Avenue on March 24, 1955. Neither of these two groups knew the other; they were just believers in God. Neither was aware that nine years later the two would be brought together as one.


Rev. Charlie Jackson

The mission of these Christian Women progressed, and about this time a young man by the name of Charlie Jackson was called into the gospel ministry. After listening to his first sermon, these Women called him for their Pastor. Sis. Annie Bell Johnson met with the late Rev. James Pope, the pastor of the Christian Light M.B.C., and asked him to ordain Rev. Charlie Jackson. On May 25, 1955 the organization of Gethsemane Baptist Church took place, in the home of Sarah Posey.



Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. The first Church Clerk was the Late Cassana Hill. She was also the first member that death claimed. The first candidate for baptism was Mary Cofield. In 1957 the Pastors Aide was formed. Deacon Arthur Wright called them the Shunammites.

The church grew numerically and spiritually. The need to seek a new facility came rapidly. They moved to 9608/9616 South Avalon Blvd. (which serves as our present Annex Facility). Pastor Charlie Jackson diligently preached and taught the people that God had given him and the membership grew even more. At this point the storefront at 9608/9616 could no longer meet the growing needs of its constituency and community.

The church moved to 53rd Street and Wall. The membership continued to grow and a need for additional space was necessary. The church under the leadership of Pastor Charlie Jackson started construction back at the site on Avalon Blvd.

Shortly after the construction began, the enemy attacked Pastor Charlie Jackson and work on the building ceased. Many members without a vision left the membership. In 1974 having led the people for eighteen dynamic years Pastor Charlie Jackson moved from his labor to his reward.

Rev. Larry C. Jackson called to the Pastorate

Shortly thereafter, a pulpit committee was formed. A well known Pastor, Reverend Larry C. Jackson was called to the pastorate of the Gethsemane Church. He accepted the reins of leadership in April of 1975, and began the Pastorship on the 3rd Sunday, September, 1975.

A people without a vision were scattered. Through Pastor Jackson's spiritual vision, his wisdom and guidance and by exercising his business tact he united a scattered and discouraged membership.

The building that the late Pastor Charlie Jackson had begun to erect was completed and furnished under the directions of Pastor Larry C. Jackson and Deacon Roosevelt Kelly. The dedication ceremony was held November 27, 1977.

In 1985, one of the visions came to fruition when Pastor Jackson (led by the Holy Spirit) journeyed to Africa. God realized several needs there, one of which was a day care center. God granted him favor with the African Government, which resulted in the acquisition of a building and a designated site for the day care center.

Pastor Jackson was blessed to take a delegation with him to Africa, and the Holy Land. Several members have traveled with Pastor Jackson to support him in Revivals such as New Orleans, New York, Kansas City, Missouri and Texas. The record is evident that the Holy Spirit has been and continues to be our guide and teacher. The impact of Pastor Jacksons leadership has been realized throughout the United Sates and abroad. In August of 2004, Pastor Jackson was invited to sit and share his thoughts in London England at the Oxford University. We are truly blessed to have such a dynamic leader, representative of Christ and a man after Gods own heart, who continues to teach and share Gods Word under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and a leader that loves, cares and prays for the people of God.

In 1999, Pastor Jackson was led to put emphasis on the meaning of "GETHSEMANE" which is the name for the place where an olive press is used to get the oil from the olives. The oil was used for cooking and anointing. Out of this we have the adopted name "Church of the Press" where everyone is encouraged to Come for Some Fresh Oil.

We are blessed to have had a multi-faceted program of outreach ministries:

  • Intercessory Prayer: Daily at 6:00a.m.
  • Sunday School at 9:00a.m.
  • Children’s Church
  • Audio/Sound Ministry continues to expand
  • Ministry Training Classes for new members
  • Annual Youth and Young Adult Worship Celebrations
  • Annual Salt and Light Leader’s Conference
  • Music Ministry: Mass Choir, Male Chorus, Youth and Young Adult Choir
  • Liturgical Dance Ministries of Youth, Young Adults and Seniors
  • Victory Bible Study/Deliverance Hour each Wednesdays at 7pm

Looking back, we are encouraged to move forward

Looking forward, through Faith, we expect greater things to be manifested toward the promotion of God’s work, His church, and His Kingdom.

Looking up, we acknowledge and give thanks to God for His Divine guidance and directions throughout these “SIXTY FIVE (65) YEARS” of God’s Amazing Grace and for more of the same in years to come.



Pastoral Search

Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church (GCLMBC), located in South Los Angeles, with a congregation of 100, is seeking a compassionate Pastor with the heart of a shepherd who will be responsible for providing spiritual and administrative leadership, and has experience as either an associate Minister or Pastor. No Relocation Package.


Let us all continue to stand on the following scriptures as we seek God for our next Pastor: Matthew 16:18; Numbers 27:16-17; Jeremiah 3:15. Thank you in advance, The Gethsemane Christian Love Missionary Baptist Church Pastoral Search Committee.

The deadline to submit your completed application and Ministry Related Documents is November 30, 2019. All your documents (application, resume, degrees, license, ordination and any certificates) are to be attached and submitted on this website.

Application is a fillable Word document. To apply, the application requires the current version of Microsoft Word.

Contact Us


9616 South Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90003


323-779-6493 - Office


Church Office
Monday thru Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm