Bay Area Chinese Bible Church

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1801 North Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94501
Steve Quen
Embrace Church

Our vision is to foster inclusion and impact as we build a multi-ethnic, Jesus-centered faith community that represents both the demographic and needs of the East Bay.
This is (y)our Story

The story of EMBRACE CHURCH goes back as far as March of 2012 when a small group was formed in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland with a vision of gathering unchurched and dis-churched individuals to explore what “life with God” could look like. At that time, we were absolutely sure that one of the goals of this group would be to NOT start a church! Obviously, God had other plans in mind. And now, we are in our third year as an official new church start.

There has been a lot that has taken place in our community since our launch date of July 2015 and much has changed in what we do and where we are doing it. What hasn’t changed however is our deep, deep passion for the unchurched, dis-churched, disconnected and dislocated people in the Bay area. According to Barna Research, the East Bay is listed as one of the highest “unchurched” areas in the country, with 61% of the people not having attended church in the last six months. Along with that, the reality of the recent migration of individuals from San Francisco into Oakland and nearby areas makes the East Bay a prime region to start and develop new churches and new faith communities – especially ones that will represent both the ethnic and spiritual diversity of this growing demographic in the area.

As such, our vision is now to foster inclusion and impact as we build a multi-ethnic, Jesus-centered faith community that will represent both the demographic and needs of the East Bay, leading to the development of committed followers of Jesus Christ who will bring transformation and hope for its immediate community and the world. Simply put, our direction and pursuit is grounded in and informed by the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).

The strength of the EMBRACE CHURCH community over the past two years have been:

the pure hunger to experience and pursue a life with God and life with each other
flexibility and experimentation in how we do church (including having worshipped in multiple venues)
numerical and spiritual growth that has been very organic – friends inviting friends
intentional leadership development that has led to greater accountability that takes into consideration the qualifying and quantifying elements of leadership
a solid financial base through the combination of grants and tithes/offerings that resources what God is calling us to do as a disciple making church
a commitment to and passion for making a difference beyond the walls of the church; our ongoing collaboration with Covenant House of California is helping some of the “least of these” among us in the Bay area find not just a physical home but a spiritual home as well
most recently, our move to Twin Towers United Methodist Church in Alameda has positioned us to have a more central location in the East Bay allowing us to have a greater geographical reach

EMBRACE CHURCH is a United Methodist Church plant in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. As such, we have deep Wesleyan roots that take seriously the vital relationship between personal holiness and social justice. We celebrate diversity and aim for intentional connection with the larger Church, our neighborhood and the needs of the world.

If you would like to make this your story and explore how to do so, Pastor Sam Yun will be glad to connect with you. You can reach him via email:
1411 Oak Street
Alameda, California 94501
Samuel Yun
Love Fellowship Church of God in Christ

The Love Fellowship Church of God in Christ started its journey in January 1991, after Elder Samuel Butler accepted his call to pastor. Love Fellowship’s former location, 1409 Seminary in Oakland, California was remodeled and prepared for opening with the help of Superintendent John A. Jennings and the members of McGlothen Temple Church of God in Christ. On March 10, 1991, Love Fellowship’s doors were opened and the church was dedicated. Many souls were saved and blessed by the church being in that location. We blessed the area with street services, clothing and food giveaway programs.

In 1995 after much prayer and fasting Pastor Butler moved the church to 851 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, California. Sister Yheng Carlisle saw this location and made that information available to Pastor Butler immediately. The building was in need of much work and God sent the help we needed through Pastor Darnell Thomas of Showers of Blessing Church of God in Christ of Sacramento, California, his father, Pastor Thomas of Oroville, California and Brother Dennis Huddart of Berkeley, California. After making this building ready for the work of the Lord the doors of the church opened on March 9, 1995.

In Love Fellowship’s preparation to move to the Base Chapel we are currently sharing church facilities with Calvary Christian Center at 1516 Grand Street, Alameda, California. While at this location with more space we were able to feed the community on Thanksgiving 2011.

Many people have been blessed as a result of our being in Alameda, California. Love Fellowship has endeavored to be a help in this community and to the members of our church. We have been assisted by various organizations in continuing our food and clothing giveaways. Our mission department has been very active in visiting convalescent homes weekly, helping the homeless, giving food and clothing to assist with immediate needs, and providing temporary shelter. Our goal is to help everyone. We were able to provide Spanish classes through our tutoring program. The Lord has blessed us with a 15 passenger church van for which we are grateful. Sister Jane Kohner, our web-master, has recently archived every message that has been recorded here at Love Fellowship; the archived messages are available on our website ( We have certainly come this far by faith and the Lord has never failed us. Keep us in your prayers, as we continue to do God’s work and teach out to a dying world to win souls for Christ.
190 West Trident Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
Samuel Butler

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