Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church

Evangelism and Fellowship Ministries

Elder Marques Johnson

I first became exposed to Angeles Mesa in 1968 after my family moved to the View Park neighborhood from deep in the heart of south LA. The attraction for me was the intense and spirited games played on the basketball court daily afterschool. I attended a few Sunday services at the invitation as one of the church’s members, Deaton Johnson around that time. I was asked to become an Elder at the church, and after some initial reluctance and a lot of prayer, I  agreed. It is a decision that I am glad I made. It has allowed me to assist in the areas of Evangelism and Fellowship. Actively acquainting the community as a whole to all Angeles Mesa has to offer has become a true passion. Through events such as carnivals, New Year’s Eve programs, and helping to promote our outstanding Vacation Bible School, the Evangelism Ministry has been active in trying to bring a wider awareness of all the church has to offer. We are currently formulating plans to video stream portions of Sunday sermon’s and worship to give an even broader exposure to our church. We are a church on the move, with the hope of spreading the Good News in a manner that effectively embraces all the advantages that modern technology has to offer.

Milwaukee Legend

Considered one of the best small forwards in the NBA, Johnson helped to lead Milwaukee to several division titles (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984), and in his second season (1978- 79), he was the NBA's third leading scorer (25.6 PPG), just behind George Gervin (29.6 PPG) and Lloyd B. Free (28.8 PPG). Johnson coined the term "Point Forward", a position he played out of necessity in 1983. The Bucks traded Johnson, forward-guard Junior Bridgeman, and forward Harvey Catchings and cash to the newly-relocated Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Terry Cummings, and guards Craig Hodges and Ricky Pierce. This was a homecoming for Johnson, as he grew up and attended high school just a few miles from the Clippers' then-new home, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
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Many years later I met Pastor Cyrus and was invited to Easter service. I was not active in church fellowship at that time, and was in the process of auditing a few places of worship in the area. I was surprised how much had changed. The music under Dr. Iris Stevenson reminded me of what I had grown accustomed to in the predominately black churches I attended. The teaching style of Pastor Cyrus piqued my interest in the wealth of spiritual knowledge he illuminated in the Scriptures. It wasn’t long before I made the decision that Angeles Mesa felt right, and became a part of the congregation officially.
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