I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the website of the West Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, where I have had the blessed privilege to serve as senior pastor for the past 37 years.
Our church membership is not large, and we suffer like many other churches from attrition. However our congregation is vibrant and active in ministries, from Nursery to Senior Adult Ministries, and from Bush Mountain to Global Missions.
In his book Epoxy Epistles, Thomas D. Peterson shared this story.
In Old First Church, Earl Jones and Robert L. Wilson (NY, Harper and Row, 1974) researched many formerly prestigious churches which had come upon hard times. Invariably the congregation blamed the pastor, complaining wistfully, “If only we had somebody like Dr. Go Get’m. He filled this church twice every Sunday.”
West Oakland has remained a constant influence in this community because the congregation recognizes that it takes more than a dynamic personality in the pulpit to sustain a church. It requires a disciplined and committed congregation that is not “tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching” (Ephesians 4:14 NLT).
The “West Oakland Worship Experience” is a delightful and engaging experience. We offer “The Hand of Friendship, the Hug of Joy, and the Kiss of Peace.” If possible, we would love to share it with you in person during our worship service at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday.
Thanks for visiting our website.
Joseph L. Johnson