We seek to be intentional in following “The Way” as expressed throughout the Holy Scriptures, universal church traditions, and particular reformation movements. We maintain that salvation has been intended and made readily available for the whole of creation and humanity through Jesus the Christ who came to dwell among us as Divine. Our aspiration is to be a disciple-making community to people looking for hope, love and “The Way” of life God originally intended. Come join us, as we walk along The Way…
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Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco, CA. and has been active in ministry for almost 20 years. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have 2 daughters, Sarai Hope and Nylah Joy. In 2000, Pastor Mike graduated from Bethany College with a double bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies and Theology. In 2005, he graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy.
Over the past 15 years, his commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations like Bible Way Christian Center, The Racial Justice Coalition of CA, NAACP, ACLU, the San Jose Interfaith Council and much more.
In June 2005, Pastor McBride launched a new church in West Berkeley, CA named The Way Christian Center. This vibrant and life-giving congregation has since increased to several hundred members who are committed to “Connecting to God, Growing in Faith and Serving the World”. In January 2009, Pastor McBride became the Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, a congregation based organizing federation within the PICO National Network. In January 2012, Pastor McBride became the national campaign director for PICO’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a comprehensive violence prevention, mass incarceration and life transformation campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States. He is deeply committed to empowering urban communities, families and youth, using the principles of a relevant and liberating gospel message that transforms lives.
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Donna Coletrane Battle is a native of Yanceyville, NC, where she was raised by her parents Veronica Coletrane, the late Rev. Donald Coletrane and her late grandmother, Lucy Slade. She has one sister, a brother-in-law, and four nephews. She was blessed to marry the love of her life, Dedrick Nathaniel Battle on August 7, 2004. They now reside in San Leandro, CA and are the proud parents of Caio (Kye-Oh) Isabella Battle.
Donna graduated from Bartlett Yancey High School in 1998, and she graduated with honors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in December 2001 with a BA degree in Public Relations. In May 2005 Donna graduated from Duke University with a Masters of Divinity. She is currently working on a doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy.
On July 15, 2001, Donna was licensed to preach by Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church and served in the church as a choir member, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, liturgical dance choreographer, and youth minister. For the past sixteen years, she has enjoyed speaking and teaching at numerous churches, schools, and community centers. In March 2005, Donna was ordained by the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. She has served as a Life Coach at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and as the Youth and Christian Education Minister at Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC. In July of 2010, Donna returned to Shaw University as the Associate Dean of the Chapel, and she served there until her move in December 2012 to serve as the Executive Pastor at The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA.