Who We Are

East Bay Church is a community of people that follows Jesus. We belong to a global family of people called "the church." The global church is not a building but a people. In fact, anyone who has committed to follow after Jesus is part of the church. 


And just like there are lots of different types of people on the earth, so there are many expressions of what it looks like to follow Jesus. This reflects the creative heart of God, by the way. Our expression of following Jesus is aligned with the Free Methodist team. In the mid-1800's, during a time when many in the church in America believed it was OK to own other people as slaves, when the rich were given preference over the poor, and when women could not serve in ministry, a group of people stood and said, "These things do not reflect Jesus and his love for ALL people." It was a call to live a set-apart (holy), Jesus-centered, hope-filled life. The hope was a life that not only saw personal wholeness but community transformation. 150+ years later, we continue to live set-apart lives that offer hope in the midst of the brokenness of this world. It's a global freedom movement that continues to grow every year.


Started in 1916 as the Berkeley Free Methodist Church, we are now called East Bay Church. Our VISION at East Bay Church is the relentless love of Jesus transforming the entire Bay Area, one life at a time. It's a vision that is rooted in the love of Jesus as our foundation; spilling over into every crevice of the Bay Area; and freely offered to every individual, no matter who they are or what they've done. From Jesus to the Bay to each and every heart: the relentless love of Jesus for all!


If you'd like to learn more about us, come visit us on a Sunday morning. It's where the journey begins for most people. Consider yourself invited!

Our Team

  • tim coleman

    lead pastor

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  • Keiko abalos

    church administrator

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