Beautiful Gate defines itself as a movement, not a church or community. Located in Los Feliz and founded by missionaries Samuel and Priya Theophylus, Beautiful Gate is an example how some Christian groups are reimagining how to articulate their vision, form institutional relationships and contextualize their faith in Los Angeles.
Eschewing terms like progressive or conservative and leadership titles such as head pastor, Beautiful Gate’s “Lead Visionary” Samuel Theophylus describes their congregation as “a movement in dialogue” that hopes to both participate in and shape the broader culture.
This video is part of CRCC’s “Reimagining Religion: Stories of Religious Creativity in L.A.” series, part of the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project. The project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.