At Fellowship Monrovia, the Gospel is at the heart of everything we do. We look different from one another and we don’t always vote the same. Some of us are younger and some of us are older. As different as we are and amidst all the distinctions to be drawn between us, the Gospel is the common thread that weaves us together. We are a Gospel Centered, multi-ethnic, intergenerational church. Most of the time, when we think of “church,” we think of Sunday. We think of rows and seats and songs and sermons… but if that’s where our definition of “church” ends, a full expression of the church never begins. We are meant for more than Sunday mornings.
There is more to the church than sitting in rows. We, the church, have been planted to Grow. Not just higher or wider, but deeper. We exist to fully express the love of Jesus Christ to the community we are planted in. This is what we are called to: more than Sundays… more than songs… more than sermons. We are called to be more than consumers and more than spectators. Our God has called us to be producers, initiators and co-creators. And here’s the best news of all: we have been called out to give of ourselves freely as our God freely gave Himself for us. We have been called to a fuller expression of “church”… one that responds to Christ’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Albert Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia. From Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness USA in Pearl, Mississippi to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, Albert Tate has been preaching the Gospel to people of all ages and races. Hearing the call from God, Albert and his wife LaRosa planted Fellowship Monrovia a Gospel-Centered, Multi-Ethnic and Intergenerational church in January 2012.
Albert is a gifted and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the local and global church. Albert presents the Gospel to people across the country in academic, retreat and conference settings combining humor and storytelling of God’s amazing grace and love. His unique and passionate style from the pulpit combines inspiration and challenge, laughter and tears as people are engaged at their core. His hope for Fellowship Monrovia is to cultivate a community of disciples that is unleashed to live out the Gospel by Growing in a life of worship, Gathering in community and Giving their lives away on mission.
Albert is married to the love of his life LaRosa Tate who he calls God’s gift of amazing grace in his life – together they have three beautiful children Zoe, Bethany and Isaac.
Albert serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University & Fuller Youth Institute. He was recently published in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.