Montclair Presbyterian Church is an approximately 300-person community located in the Montclair District of Oakland, CA. A brief history of MPC is included below.
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A Brief History of MPC
The beginnings of what became Montclair Presbyterian Church were in January, 1926, when a group of adults, concerned about the Christian nurture of their children and themselves, petitioned Oakland’s First Presbyterian Church for help from some of its members and for financial assistance. Sunday School classes and worship were initially held at the Montclair Women’s Club and the Montclair Grammar School.
What was first called the ‘Thorn Road Sunday School’ soon outgrew those quarters and a building was dedicated on ‘Thorn Road,’ which later became Thornhill Drive. Montclair Presbyterian Church was formally established in March, 1930, and in 1937 a new Sanctuary was built along with several class and meeting rooms. In 1955 the present Sanctuary was built…and renovated in 2008/9. The congregation – and its several pastors over the years – has always been noted for its non-traditional and innovative style, its great music, its dedication to social justice, education, and its loving engagement with Christians – and with those of other traditions – from around the world.