Purpose: At Gardena Valley Baptist Church, we seek to glorify God - by reaching the world for Christ, - uniting as His family, - worshipping Him with our lives, - growing in Christ-like character, - and serving others in love. Philosophy of Ministry Currently we are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational Christian community, who worship God in two languages (Japanese and English) While focusing our ministry on reaching the Asian community in the South Bay area, we welcome and minister to everyone. History In 1914, the Los Angeles Baptist City Mission Society felt they could better share the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Japanese-speaking population by reaching the children of recent immigrants. They established a Sunday School for children in a little rented cottage in Moneta (presently Gardena) on August 16, 1914, which grew rapidly into Gardena Valley Baptist Church. With the outbreak of WWII, the Japanese community was forced to relocate to internment camps. Afterwards, the faithful returned to Gardena and re-established the church, moving to our current location in 1949. As we move into a new millennium, GVBC continues to grow, with a major building program (Nehemiah Project) being planned for the site.