Who We Are

We are here to serve you…
We are here to listen to you…
We are here to help anyway we can…

It all began in 1929 when two sets of sisters, the  first set Mrs. Adelina Pollard, Mrs. Bessie Wilcox and Mrs. Marylese Golphin, and the second set – Ms. Effie Reed and Mrs. Alberta Johnson, along with their families and few friends started what would become known as “The Lutheran Witness of West Oakland, “Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
There was a Lutheran Church in existence and in close proximity of their homes, but this handful of Black Lutherans” wanted a place of our own.” So, they met in the ” Carpenter’s Hall,” a union meeting place on 7th Street. They wanted their Church to be what they had experienced in their home state of Louisiana. The Black Lutheran Church, being a spiritual, vital working part of the Black Community, uplifting its members, giving them strength to fight and overcome racism, remembering that with God they would prevail.

“By love serve one another.” Gal. 5:13

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is committed to providing, through Jesus Christ, a secure hope to hold you, a rock to lean upon, and a place to feel connected.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a place were you can develop connections that matter with God, each other, the community, and the world. We are a dynamic faith community with a mission—connecting people to Jesus Christ, one person at a time. We strive to provide every one who enters our sanctuary a comfortable environment for growth in faith.

To Learn More…

Our congregation belongs to the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

To explore our faith heritage in greater depth, visit The Book of Concord.