Los Angeles Urban League Helps Students Prepare for College

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer serves as senior pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles. A civic-minded leader, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer assists community organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League.

The Los Angeles Urban League has championed the causes of African Americans and other minorities for some 90 years. Its efforts include assisting grade-school students prepare themselves for college. This is accomplished with the College-Going Road Map, which offers suggestions for elementary students planning for higher education and their parents.

For example, fifth graders should have an advanced or proficient score on the California Standards Test (CST). They should also have read 15 books about the experiences of African-Americans or Hispanics, and explored possible careers. Parents should establish relationships with at least four teachers.

Eighth graders should know California’s postsecondary education systems, visit four colleges, and get to know career choices and workplace situations. They should score well on CST subjects, such as science, history, and algebra, and their parents should link up with guidance counselors.

Twelfth graders, on the other hand, should have successfully completed the California High School Exit Examination, taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the American College Test, and chosen 10 colleges to apply to. They should also have fulfilled community service requirements and set up a savings account. High school students should create a five-year plan for achieving their career goals.


Habitat For Humanity’s Storm Recovery Efforts

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer is senior pastor and a teacher at Faithful Central Bible Church, located in Inglewood, California. Faithful Central Bible Church is devoted to ministry that faithfully works toward serving God’s kingdom. Bishop Kenneth Ulmer lives this mission in part by participating in a number of charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based organization dedicated to building or rebuilding housing for people and families in need. More than 2 billion people worldwide are either homeless or dwelling in substandard conditions, making the need for such an organization critical. The United States has more than 1,500 Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

The organization frequently aids in recovery from natural disasters. In 2011, Joplin, Missouri, was ravaged by a series of tornados, just months after a strong storm system caused destruction throughout the Southeast in cities such as Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Cleveland, Tennessee. More than 300 people lost their lives during the tornados, which also left thousands of families without homes. Habitat for Humanity rose to action, aiding affected regions in recuperation by beginning to clear debris immediately after the storms cleared and helping communities develop plans for recovery. The organization’s volunteers also rebuilt homes, providing safe, reliable housing for victims.

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Honors Local Partners

As senior pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer devotes himself to preaching God’s word and spreading his message of faith to the church’s congregants. Active in his Greater Los Angeles community, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer has affiliated Faithful Central Bible Church with the local branch of the American Red Cross, known as the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

On December 2, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region held a reception to recognize its partnerships with 86 faith-based affiliates and other community groups. The branch’s relationships with these organizations, among them Faithful Central Bible Church, has enabled a broader range of community outreach for disaster preparedness and relief. In fact, in the 2014 fiscal year alone, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region has provided disaster preparedness education to more than 1,000 individuals, raised nearly $170,000 in donations, and engaged close to 30,000 people through events in the community.

To acknowledge the efforts of its partners, the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region presented honorees with certificates of appreciation. Local Red Cross representatives also provided attendees of the reception a tour of the branch’s Emergency Operations Center.

The King’s University at Inglewood

A senior pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer also leads as dean of The King’s at Oxford, the summer session of The King’s University. A past president of The King’s University, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer continues as a board member and adjunct professor.

Founded to prepare future leaders in the global Christian community, The King’s University supports students in developing a Bible-based theology and the skills to teach it. The university also attends to the spiritual well-being of each student by guiding them to value reflection, inquiry, and a love of knowledge. With this background and a comprehensive knowledge of scripture-based ethics, students emerge prepared to spread the message of Christ to a richly diverse cultural and ethnic world of Christians.

The King’s University has historically operated in Los Angeles, California, alongside a summer session at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Now, Faithful Central Bible Church has established an Inglewood campus that offers accredited degrees at all levels from associate to doctoral. This accreditation enables The King’s University at Inglewood to offer financial aid, grants, and veterans assistance, allowing more people than ever before to train as leaders under God.

Donating Blood to the Red Cross

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, the senior pastor at Inglewood, California’s, Faithful Central Bible Church, earned a doctor of ministry from the United Theological Seminary and a doctor of divinity from the Southern California School of Ministry. As a spiritual leader, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer reaches out to the local and international communities through his support of organizations such as the Los Angeles Urban League and the American Red Cross.

As the holiday season approaches, the American Red Cross has begun a campaign urging healthy individuals to donate blood. As families become busy during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, blood donations at organizations like the Red Cross frequently decrease. Donating blood is one of the simplest and most effective ways to support the American Red Cross. There are, however, a few requirements an individual must meet prior to making a blood donation.

In addition to being in overall good health, a person must be at least 16 or 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. Additional rules apply in certain states, for females, and in the event of a double red cell donation. An individual living with a condition like diabetes should consult with a physician prior to donating, while repeat donors must wait between 56 and 112 days before making successive donations.

Habitat LA Completes Long Beach Housing Project

Bishop Kenneth Ulmer currently serves as a teacher and the senior pastor at Faithful Central Bible Church in Inglewood, California. In addition to overseeing operations at the church, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer engages in philanthropic projects with charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the Kings University National Foundation for Transplants.

Employees of the Griffin Capital Corporation have recently collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) on a multi-unit residential development in Long Beach, California. Located near Griffin Capital Corporation headquarters in El Segundo, the Long Beach complex has been designed to serve the needs of low-income, hardworking families living in underserved areas of the state. More than 40 individuals representing the Griffin company took part in a variety of homebuilding tasks, ranging from the framing and erecting of walls to the laying of water lines. As is so often the case during a Habitat for Humanity project, many of the contributors had never handled the tools or practiced the skills necessary for the construction of a house. Griffin employees and the complex’s future tenants, however, took the challenge head on, enjoying every minute.

Arts Ministry at Faithful Central Bible Church

As senior pastor and teacher at Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC), Bishop Kenneth Ulmer encourages his congregation to praise God through the performing arts. In the spring of 2014, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer sponsored an Easter service that involved many of the church’s worship performance teams.

Like many churches, FCBC incorporates choral music into its services. However, this particular community nurtures–not one, but–four vocal performance groups as well as an instrumental music ensemble. The four choirs include Men of Praise, Voices of Faith, One Voice, and the Sacred Praise Chorale, each of which focuses on a particular worshipful sound. The church also has a repertory theater group and a dance company.

The church’s chorales present traditional African American sacred songs as well as gospel music from customary and contemporary repertoire. The music appears on a recorded compact disc and can be heard at local events across the Los Angeles area. In addition, large-scale services such as 2014’s Easter at the Forum service, allow FCBC choirs to join with the church’s Faithful Dance Company, Repertory Company, and Faithful Central Musicians to offer praise and worship through an integrated arts experience.