New City Church – Los Angeles, LA
Church Plant Profile
Church Planter: Kevin and Grace Haah
Church: New City Church
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Haah never dreamed of being a church planter. He used to practice law before he received a life-changing phone call one day. Kevin recalls,
“I got a phone call from an anonymous caller who ultimately asked me, ‘What are you doing to reach out to all of the new residents of downtown LA?’ We had a polite conversation, but, for some reason, this question started to resonate in my soul. I began asking myself the same question. Until then, I had never seriously considered what was going on in downtown LA.”
Soon afterward, Kevin began to dream about planting a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic church in downtown that would reach out to both the Skid Row residents and the new loft dwellers.
Then, in 2008, Kevin and Grace Haah stepped out in faith and planted New City Church with a bold vision to create a church that embraces diversity in downtown Los Angeles, CA. After only a few years, the church has grown to fulfill their vision and is now a fellowship of people from across Los Angeles. According to their website, “New City Church of Los Angeles is a multi-ethnic, multi-socioeconomic Christian church in downtown LA. We are a diverse and inclusive community seeking to be like Jesus. We have roughly equal numbers of Blacks, Whites, Asians, and Latinos; about a third of us come from Skid Row, and the rest come from downtown lofts and outside of downtown; we are families, singles, and kids, Democrats and Republicans, gay and straight, poor and rich, moral and loose.”
Today Kevin also leads the LA Church Planting Movement, a network working with the national church-planting organization Stadia to plant churches in 119 Los Angeles neighborhoods. Kevin and his wife, Grace, are an amazing example of what God can do with someone who is willing to step out in faith and dream of starting a new kind of church that reaches people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds with the love of Jesus. For more information on Kevin and Grace Haah and New City Church, visit http://newcitychurchla.com.