Oakland City Church

Lead Pastor

Oakland, California

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    Why We Love This Opportunity

    Oakland City Church is a bright light founded 11 years ago on the conviction that the diversity of hills and flats in the city of Oakland ought to be mirrored in the community of God caring for the city.

    This Lead Pastor opportunity at OCC is a unique opportunity to lock arms and hearts with a caring and gifted congregation, staff, and board.

    This is an opportunity to love and lead people towards Jesus in one of the most influential cities in the world.

    About This Organization

    The vision at Oakland City Church says it all –

    “People who don’t belong together, gathered around Jesus, for the sake of those who don’t belong.”

    The challenge of Oakland City Church involves moving a multicultural church of wide-ranging identities, theologies, and privileges into a truly anti-racist community. This challenge is compounded by the reality of covid, the widening gap around housing security/cost of living in the Bay Area, and a lean staff. In many ways, the challenge of OCC is the challenge of Oakland – how do we build a beloved community in the midst of strident gentrification, welcoming new guests while not disenfranchising those who have been here for generations; how does the church preach the good news and offer diverse access to worship to a congregation of “people who don’t belong together, gathered around Jesus, for the sake of those who don’t belong”; how do we not only think or talk or listen to what the Lord desires in our discipleship but also serve, give and act in a manner that walks humbly, does justly and loves mercy?

    Position Description

    Oakland City Church is a congregation of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). Founded in 2011 as a church plant. Under the leadership of Pastor Josh McPaul, we developed into a congregation that is focused on removing all of the daily barriers that separate us from joining together in Christ’s kingdom. Our Mission Statement reflects this by recognizing us as a church of ‘People who don’t belong together, gathered around Jesus for the sake of those who don’t belong’.

    We currently have 200-250 people actively involved and connected to the OCC congregation. OCC is governed by a Board of Elders elected by members of the congregation.

    We are seeking candidates for the position of Senior Pastor. The person in this role will provide general pastoral oversight of the church, including Staff Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Congregational Care.

    Primary Objective:
    Lead Oakland City Church into a new season of continuing to gather the Oakland community together across all societal barriers into one family in Christ’s Kingdom


    • Minimum 5 years of pastoral experience at a senior level
    • Gifted and experienced preacher/teacher/Spiritual depth
    • Committed to ongoing Spiritual practices
    • Catalytic with a track record of growing an organization
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