Our mission is to glorify God by engaging minds and guiding hearts in a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
We live into this mission (always falling short!) in three primary ways:
The Way of Jesus
We are committed to following in the way of Jesus and believe it is the best way to live. It is in relationship with Jesus, learning from him and putting his teachings into practice, that we discover a fresh abundant life that is better (though not always easier!) than living life on our own terms. This new life in Jesus is radical and countercultural; weakness is strength, in giving we receive, and losing one’s life is the only way to save it. We follow in the way of Jesus so that we can become new kinds of people. Our worship services are unashamedly Jesus-centric.
We are committed to living life in community. Jesus has fundamentally reoriented our relationships with one another, forming us into a new community. We are defined by the expansive love of Jesus Christ at our center. We see each other in this light of this love. Thus, in our gatherings, we rejoice and mourn together, pray for and support one another,and speak the truth in love even when it's hard. At our potlucks, there is always another seat at the table.
We are committed to being instruments of peace in the city of Oakland and beyond. We believe that others will know we follow Jesus by our tangible acts of love for others. As a community living the way of Jesus, we are impelled to action; seeking the welfare of the city and responding to people’s needs. We work alongside and partner with local and international organizations.
Our worship service begins at 10am. We sing, we pray, we share our joy and needs with one another, and we explore Scripture together. On the first Sunday of each month, we receive Communion. Our services are typically about an hour.
We have no expectations for attire - come as you are! You will see some of our members dressed more formally and others in typical "Bay Area" casual.
Entrance to our small parking lot is on Hampel Street. There are a few spots reserved for visitors - look for the signs along the fence! There is limited street parking as well.
Our church is led by a team of elders who "share in the discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people" (Book of Order, G-2.0301). They meet monthly to discuss issues related to the church and seek God's heart for PBPC. Elders are elected to three year terms.
Elder Board 2023
David Marrs, Rory Brown, Shane Caldwell (Clerk), Ben Haid, Sylvia Gustis, and Chris Adams
We have a team of deacons, whose ministry is "one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress" (Book of Order, G-2.0201).
Deacon Board 2022
Kristina Kvalnes, Paula Eisenberg, Roland Wong