Leadership

“We are governed by Christ through his undershepherds”

Pastor Larry Smith

Larry has served the congregation since 1989. Through his many years of expository preaching and teaching, the people of God have been led to a deeper understanding of Biblical truths and how to apply them. He has presented messages on nearly all of the books of the New Testament and has taught the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 several times. During his first year of ministry at Centinela Baptist Church, Larry participated in forming the Southern California Association of Reformed Baptist Churches, in with cooperation with the pastors of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Ontario and Trinity Reformed Baptist Church of Bellflower (now La Mirada).

Pastor Jehad El Karaki

Since coming to the doctrines of grace in 2014, Jehad has joyfully and faithfully served Christ’s church. Called to the ministry in 2015, Jehad was discipled and then served as a preacher and teacher, gifted brother and then pastoral intern under Pastor Steve Marquedant at our sister church, Sovereign Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Ontario, CA. On March 7, 2021, Centinela Baptist Church unanimously called Jehad to the pastorate, which he gladly accepted. Now he and Pastor Smith co-labor for Christ and His Kingdom here in Lawndale. Jehad is married to his lovely wife Delia and is currently working on his MDiv at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. He greatly enjoys discussing theology, fellowship with the brethren and loves all things BBQ.
If you would like to contact Pastor El Karaki, his personal email address is pastorelkaraki@centinela-rbc.com.