For more than 30 years, La Iglesia del Pueblo – the People’s Church – has brought the unvarnished evangelical message of Christ to Pasadena’s Mexican-American Community. Beginning on July 3, though, the church – in a reversal of traditional foreign language ministry strategy – will reach out to the English speaking world with a Thursday night service.

There’s a certain severity to the old brick church on Pasadena’s gritty north side. There are no altar crosses, no fancy stained-glass windows. Linoleum covers the floors.

But don’t be fooled by the plain surroundings. La Iglesia del Pueblo, worshippers will tell you, brims with spirit. It’s a home of the unexpected, a place of surprises, a backdrop for miracles.