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Eastside church is changing in a 'post-gang era'
Eastside church is changing in a 'post-gang era'

Pastor Pete Bradford, a reformed "dope fiend" from San Diego, went out into the streets of Boyle Heights looking for gang members to pray over. Finding them wasn't hard. It was the early 1990s, the era of "Boyz n the Hood" and "Colors" and gangsta rap. Everything about gang life in Los Angeles was loud: the jagged slashes of graffiti, the thrum of police helicopters, the percussion of gun blasts. Bradford, who said God had called him to L.A.'s Eastside, opened the Boyle Heights Christian Center in a low-slung building on 1st Street. The Pentecostal church became known as a house of worship for gang members, drug addicts and lost souls. "It...

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