Rev. Dr. Damali Najuma Smith-PollardRev. Dr. Damali ‘Najuma’ Smith-Pollard, MBA, D.Min

Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard is a Pastor, Inspirational Speaker, Author, Success Coach, Radio Personality and Activist.

Through her pastoral assignments and Word of Encouragement Ministries, she shares the good news of the Gospel with parishioners, the community at large and internationally, and has been working in ministry for over 17 years. In 1996 she accepted her call to ministry. Dr. Najuma says, “going into ministry was just the next level of service for me.” Dr. Najuma was ordained as a Deacon in 1996 and as an Itinerant Elder in 2000.  Since that time, she has served as Assistant Pastor and Pastor of Family Ministries at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, California; Pastor of A.K. Quinn AME Church in Moreno Valley, California; Pastor of St. James AME Church, in Los Angeles, California and in 2014 launched Word of Encouragement Community Church, in Los Angeles, Ca. (WOECC.ORG) Dr. Najuma is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences, and welcomes the opportunity to share her gifts, time and talent with ministries abroad and secular events.

Following after her passion to serve others, Dr. Najuma trained with the John Maxwell Group and later founded her company Living on Assignment, LLC, a Coaching and Consulting Firm that serves to help people move from Setback to Success. Dr. Najuma believes in the principle of an abundant life; and this belief fuels her passion to see people live rich meaningful lives; and enjoys sharing the principles and practice of an abundant life.

In addition, Dr. Najuma is Program Manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC, and the Executive Director for the Southern California School of Ministry.  She founded the Sexual Violence Awareness & Training campaign named “ItsNotOkay” [www.itsnotokay.org].  Combining her passion for justice and entrepreneurship, Dr. Najuma established Chocolate Tee’s. an urban apparel company, that uses a portion of profits to support selected non-profit efforts.  Dr. Najuma also leads the ‘…And She Can Preach!’ mastermind group, committed to supporting emerging preaching women.

Dr. Najuma has also authored four books The Prayer Makeover: Developing a Prayer Life That Avails Much, More Than a Sermon and Sunday Hymn (Practical Tools for Singles Saved), Apple Pie n’ Ice Cream (poetry)  and Empowering the Village: A Biblical & Historical Review of Women’s role in Civic Engagement.

In terms of education, Dr. Najuma holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor of Theology from the Southern California School of Ministry, a Masters of Business Administration from Woodbury University and a Doctorate in Ministry, from United Theological Seminary. In addition she has received Certification from the “Passing The Mantle” Civic Engagement and Community Development Institute from USC.

The best advice Dr. Najuma ever received came from her mother, who told her:  “You can do anything you want to!” This invaluable advice always guides her as she strives to complete each task, knowing that all things are possible through Christ.

On the lighter side, she is affectionately known as “Rev Juju”, has several hobbies including reading, going to movies, skiing, snowboarding, writing and traveling. Her travels outside of the country have taken her to Canada, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Belgium, France, St. Lucia, Lesotho (South Africa), China, Egypt and Israel.

She is wonderfully married to Felix Pollard and they have three sons Daniel, Dillon, Dorian and Zuri.

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Our History
Word of Encouragement was found in 2006 by Rev. Dr. Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard. Our mission is to encourage individuals to know God better, grow in spiritual maturity, serve in kingdom building and pursue their God ordained purpose and passion.On April 20, 2014 joined by 250 family, members, friends and supports, Word of Encouragement Community Church was launched, after two years of preparing twenty five core members thru a weekly bible study. Word of Encouragement Community Church is a place for all people; and we do hope you will Come to Worship!

Our motto is: Chosen to encourage the Nations, One Soul at a Time!

W.O.E. welcomes persons of all backgrounds to become part of the W.O.E. family. We especially wish to connect with those who are not necessarily members of a church or ministry, but do desire to gather and fellowship with others like minded individuals who pursue their purpose and passion.

We look forward to seeing you at:

  • The Word Cafe - Weekly Bible Enrichment & Fellowship
  • One of our upcoming weekend W.O.E. Workshops
  • Any upcoming preaching engagement, keynote address or training session
Statement of Faith
  • The sixty-six canonical books of the Bible as originally written were inspired of God, hence free from error. They constitute the only infallible guide in faith and practice.
  • There is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.
  • God created Adam and Eve in his own image. By disobedience, they fell from their sinless state through the temptation by Satan. This fall plunged humanity into a state of sin and spiritual death, and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death. From this condition we can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.
  • The eternally pre-existent Son became incarnate without human father, by being born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, in the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. To effect salvation, he lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner's substitute, shedding his blood for the remission of sins. On the third day he rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where he performs the ministry of intercession. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete his saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.
  • The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God. He applies to man the work of Christ. By justification and adoption we are given a right standing before God; by regeneration, sanctification, and glorification our nature is renewed.
  • When we have turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is our responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the Gospel.
  • At the end of the age, the bodies of the dead shall be raised. The righteous shall enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and the wicked shall be condemned to eternal death.

Children's Church

Each Sunday during our worship service we have an amazing experience planned for your children. Bring them to KidZone so they can be engaged and learn about Jesus right where they are.

  • For children from 2 years (walking) to 12 years of age

Faith Builders

Weekly Bible study and Fellowship, focused on building Mature, Effective and Enthusiastic Believers who are equipped to rightly divide the Word of God, make application and in turn share their faith with other.

#Fit4Service Ministry

Weekly in house exercise class, open to all. We support each member being their absolute best Mind, Spirit and BODY!

Health Awareness

Events and Education opportunities established to empower the church and local community with up to date Health and Wellness information, events, policy and opportunities.

WOE Praise Team

On the 4th Tuesday of every month our amazing team of musicians and singers gather to rehearse for Sunday services and special events.

Christian Counseling

Life can be hard! There can be ups and down and all kinds of trails. Often times we try to navigate these things alone. The truth of the matter is that doing life alone and without guidance does not work. At WOECC we offer counseling to assist you in those season.

Counseling can be scheduled w/Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard by appointment only.

Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard

Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard

Senior Pastor

Felix Pollard

Felix Pollard

Music Director

Saundra Charleston

Saundra Charleston

Finance Committee

LaToya Sullivan

LaToya Sullivan

Member Services

Sunday Worship @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 1 @ 8:50 am – 10:30 am
Faith Builders (Bible Study & Fellowship) @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
#Fit4Service Ministry (Weekly Power Workout) @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 3 @ 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday Worship @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 8 @ 8:50 am – 10:30 am
Faith Builders (Bible Study & Fellowship) @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
#Fit4Service Ministry (Weekly Power Workout) @ Word of Encouragement Community Church
May 10 @ 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm

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Name: Rev. Dr. Damali Najuma Smith-Pollard
Phone: (323) 902-7079
Address: 1153 Valencia Street | Los Angeles, CA