About Us

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:

Discipleship

Journey

Way

We believe that following in the way of the Jesus 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. Our worship services is unashamedly Jesus-centric. We hope you will join us on the adventure of following Jesus wherever he leads!

Community

Together

Family

Fellowship

We believe that we were not meant to live life alone. We believe that Jesus has fundamentally reoriented our relationships with one another - we are truly a new family in Christ. Thus, we seek to live like family - rejoicing and mourning together, serving one another in love, and speaking the truth in love even when it's hard. In our Christ formed family, there is always another seat at the table. We hope you will join us and become a part of our family!

Witness

Mission

Service

We believe that our communal life is not for our own sake. We are invited to be witnesses to the presence, beauty, and transforming power of God. We truly believe that others will know we follow Jesus by our love for others. We seek to witness to God's redemptive love in Christ in our community; through partnering with local organizations that care for the poor and marginalized. We hope you will join with us as we partner with God in the restoration and renewal of all creation!

Worship Service

Our worship service begins at 11am. 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.

Children

Our children worship with us on Sunday mornings and we welcome their full participation! We have a section just for them in the middle of the sanctuary, with age-appropriate worship activities. We always end each service with an upbeat song and children are invited to come dance and play their own instruments - it's a blast!

If at any point kids need to step out, there's space in the narthex and playground equipment on the patio for them to enjoy!

Parking

We have a small parking lot but there are a few spots reserved for visitors - look for the signs along the fence! There is limited street parking as well.

Masks

Masks are currently not required but strongly recommended. Our sanctuary is big enough to accomodate social distancing. On Sundays, you will see some with masks and others without - all are welcome!

Calvin Sodestrom

Pastor

Calvin Sodestrom has been with Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church since January 2020. He is passionate about exploring the ways we can be seek the Kingdom of God in our midst and become more fully formed into the image of Christ. He is a Bay Area Native, husband to Kenzie, father to Elliana, and human-man to their dog Mosely. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, spending time with his family, and discovering new hobbies. You can reach him at pastor@pbpc.org.

Carl Veilleux

Facility Manager

Carol Bio

Mary Nguyen

Music Director

Mary Bio

Ginnie Daniels

Treasurer

Ginnie Bio

Elders

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 2022

David Marrs, Rory Brown, Shane Caldwell (Clerk), Ben Haid, Sylvia Gustis, and Chris Adams

Deacons

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, Gary Archer, Diane Ball, Roland Wong

Starting as a Sunday school serving the brand new Glenview neighborhood of Oakland in 1910, the church was est. in 1913 as St. James Presbyterian Church, later renamed to PBPC when it moved to Park Boulevard and Hampel in 1923. Then rebuilding in 1956 as the modern sanctuary building we occupy today. Over it's 100+ years, PBPC has had over 20 pastors serve this community.