Plymouth United Church of Christ

Plymouth United Church of Christ is an Oakland-based congregation nicknamed "The Jazz and Justice Church." We are known for our wonderful jazz musicians and our strong commitment to social justice.

Our congregation of 125 members is ethnically diverse - 55% Caucasian, 35% African American, and 10% Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander and other. About 35% of our members identify as LGBT.

We believe strongly that faith is a verb, and the gospel calls us to work for justice for all God's people. Our ministries and activities include the following:

  • Active membership in Oakland Community Organizations (OCO)
  • Partnership with a local elementary school (launching in fall 2014) to help improve learning outcomes for low-income children of color
  • Weekly feeding program for the homeless, the Food of God for the People of God
  • Sponsorship of Drum Majors for Justice, a leadership program for LGBT youth of color
  • Sponsorship of the first Spanish-speaking LGBT congregation in the Bay Area, Ministerio Latino

We would expect a seminarian to be actively engaged in at least one of these justice ministries. In addition, the seminarian would:

  • Help plan weekly worship
  • Preach at least once each semester
  • Participate in providing occasional pastoral care
  • Help lead at least one spiritual formation activity for adults - Bible study, Lenten prayer group, book group, etc.

Car Required?: Yes
Monthly Stipend: $400

424 Monte Vista Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611


Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews, Pastor
(510) 654-5300