In May 1976, God called a young couple from Oklahoma to pastor a small church in California. Pastors Mike and Donna Neville moved to the Los Angeles area from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pastor Mike believed that God called him to reach out to the community filled with poverty, drugs, gangs, broken homes, hopelessness, and violence. Through prayer and outreach, God began to bring in individuals and families. Soon their lives were being miraculously healed and changed for the glory of God as they learned about the Bible and God’s power and salvation through Jesus Christ.
Soon the church was filled with people on fire for God who went outside the church and into the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles to preach the gospel and see souls saved. Following what God was doing, Mike and Donna began to train church members to become Pastors and sent them out into the various areas of Los Angeles to start new churches. God blessed these new Pastors and churches as they reached the unsaved and unchurched people.
After Pastor Mike Neville went home to be with the Lord in 1996, his wife, Donna Neville, continued the work they began together. Pastor Donna served as Lead Pastor until March 2016 when her son, Pastor Jason took over. Today, Pastor Donna serves as Senior Pastor along with Pastor Jason and Jackie as Lead Pastors of Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship – One Church, Two Locations in Huntington Park and Downey.
The Praise Chapel Fellowship has multiplied into many areas of the United States and around the world. With over 200 churches in the United States and hundreds more in over 13 nations. What started with one church, became a fellowship of churches and now has multiplied into a “Family of Fellowships” all over the world.