Committed to Southeast Los Angeles

SINCE 1925

In 1977, a band of enthusiastic believers from the First Christian Church in Bell (our present location, est. 1925) began a new ministry in the neighboring city of Bell Gardens.  Southland Christian Church was portable, meeting for a time at the Colmar Avenue School (now Cesar Chavez), after that at the Downey Y.M.C.A.. There was an eye toward finding a permanent building in Cerritos.  

But the Lord had other plans. 

In 1980, with "an offer that could not be refused", a permanent building was made available in Bell Gardens.  The Lord had clearly directed the ministry back toward the rapidly shifting demographic of where immigrants from Mexico and Central America were settling. Though English-speaking, Southland's gifting and evangelistic focus with youth, saw a new generation of emerging English-speaking believers born into the ministry. 

Over the next twenty years, those kids and teens grew up. 

Many churches in the Southeast Cities faltered and closed during those years. The First Christian Church of Bell was one of them. On the cusp of closure, they contacted the ministry that had left them twenty years before.  

In 1999, the First Christian Church of Bell graciously passed their larger facilities to Southland Christian Church. An extensive renovation was completed and Southland re-launched February 13, 2000, fifty-one years to the day that those buildings were originally dedicated for Christian purpose.  Now, with renewed vision, the Church on the corner of King & Randolph continues with more than ninety years of preaching the gospel to the people of Southeast Los Angeles. 

Our Leadership Team

Our pastors genuinely love people. They are unique in gifting.  Along with an Elder team, they fully compliment one another.  If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them.  Should you come to Southland for a visit, be sure to introduce yourself, they are very approachable. 

  • Jeff Cox  - Lead Pastor      

    I grew up in the city of Bell and was, myself, a "bus kid", picked up and brought to the same church where I now serve as Pastor. I ran away from the Lord, a prodigal, at age fifteen into a life of drug abuse and recklessness. At age 23, broken, I came home to my Father and immediately received the call to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry.  I was mentored under one of Southland's founding pastors, Joe Mize.  

  • Lester Larios - Youth Ministries    

    I was born in 1991 and spent most of my youth in the city of Downey. Growing up, I was always surrounded by family and relatives that made my childhood a fun and exciting adventure. It also played a great impact in my life when God used relatives and family members to get my attention during my middle school and high school years. In 2008, I started attending church with my grandmother and later accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I then started serving in ministry for 6 years, and followed God's leading to Southland where I now have the privilege to serve as the youth leader.

Our Beliefs

We believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Living God.  We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His sacrificial death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that you cannot be saved by any work of your own, but only through Christ's finished work upon the cross: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

We believe that every believer should repent and be baptized according the command of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Bible to be God’s inspired, inerrant and infallible Word.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to eternal life with Christ, and the lost to eternal condemnation.