About First Presbyterian Church of Oakland

Our warm and loving church shares God’s love, revealed in Jesus Christ, in our lives together and in service to our community.

Our community openly embraces guest and visitors. You may attend church or participate in events as much or as little as you like and not be judged. Adults and children can grow by participating as leaders in worship services, organizing or helping with special events, and participating in regular activities.

We share a sense of hope and joy, and express it through worship, choir, musical and cultural performances, Bible study, adult education, Youth Connection, lunches, barbecues, retreats, and home gatherings.

We share a sense of hope and joy, and express it through worship, choir, musical and cultural performances, Bible study, adult education, Youth Connection, lunches, barbecues, retreats, and home gatherings.

We are inspired by scripture and the teaching of Martin Luther King, Jr. We offer events relating to racism, sexism, homophobia, civil rights and trans-visibility. We are a More Light faith family and are committed to welcoming and including the LGBTQIA+ community.

Our Staff

Matt Prinz

Pastor

Rev. Matthew (“Matt”) Prinz cares deeply about building Christian community, formed in the way of Jesus, to contribute to justice and peace in the city of Oakland. As pastor, his mission is to bring our church community closer each other and to God and to grow in our love for our neighbors and city. 

Inspired by the church’s leadership and participation in the abolition and civil rights movements, Matt believes that a multi-racial/multi-generational church fellowship can be a gift to our city. He believes that as we grow into God’s beloved community – we will help to dismantle systems and structures upholding white supremacy, patriarchy, and homophobia within our culture.

A native Californian who grew up in Ventura, Matt received a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2004. He was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on December 10, 2006. Matt lives in East Oakland with his wife Susannah and their two daughters Monrovia and Ruby. He enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, running, looking at contemporary art, and coaching his daughters’ soccer teams.


Email: matt@firstchurchoakland.org
Office Phone: 510-488-3812

Matt Prinz

Pastor

Rev. Matthew (“Matt”) Prinz cares deeply about building Christian community, formed in the way of Jesus, to contribute to justice and peace in the city of Oakland. As pastor, his mission is to bring our church community closer each other and to God and to grow in our love for our neighbors and city. 

Inspired by the church’s leadership and participation in the abolition and civil rights movements, Matt believes that a multi-racial/multi-generational church fellowship can be a gift to our city. He believes that as we grow into God’s beloved community – we will help to dismantle systems and structures upholding white supremacy, patriarchy, and homophobia within our culture.

A native Californian who grew up in Ventura, Matt received a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2004. He was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on December 10, 2006. Matt lives in East Oakland with his wife Susannah and their two daughters Monrovia and Ruby. He enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, running, looking at contemporary art, and coaching his daughters’ soccer teams.


Email: matt@firstchurchoakland.org
Office Phone: 510-488-3812

Joel Mackey

Parish Associate

Rev. Joel Mackey brings a long history of spiritual commitment and community service to First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. Joel has spent his life’s calling to serve as part of a community active in ‘repairing the world’ through tangible acts of justice, mercy, and grace. His significant lifelong experience in nonprofit organizations has focused on the housing, educational, economic. and spiritual needs of people. He is thrilled to be called to a ministry setting where the congregation is engaged in concretely serving its community.

A long-time Bay Area resident, Joel is currently a professional clinical counselor at Bay Area Community Resource and an attorney in private practice. Joel is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and has a passion for coaching youth sports. 
Email: joelmackay@comcast.net

Joel Mackey

Joel Mackey

Parish Associate

Rev. Joel Mackey brings a long history of spiritual commitment and community service to First Presbyterian Church of Oakland. Joel has spent his life’s calling to serve as part of a community active in ‘repairing the world’ through tangible acts of justice, mercy, and grace. His significant lifelong experience in nonprofit organizations has focused on the housing, educational, economic. and spiritual needs of people. He is thrilled to be called to a ministry setting where the congregation is engaged in concretely serving its community.

A long-time Bay Area resident, Joel is currently a professional clinical counselor at Bay Area Community Resource and an attorney in private practice. Joel is a graduate of Northwestern University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and has a passion for coaching youth sports. 
Email: joelmackay@comcast.net

Micheline La Mont

Community Relationships Manager

Micheline La Mont oversees First Church’s events calendar and venue rentals, assisting 18 Community Partners and the public with use of space at First Church. She also leads the weekly communications effort, overseeing the weekly newsletter, email and social media. She brings more than 35 years of experience in the marketing and public relations space to First Church.

A native San Franciscan, Micheline has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life, residing in Oakland
since 1989. Micheline thrives on the pulse of the East Bay, enjoying cycling in the hills, hiking, attending community events, and gardening.

Email: micheline@firstchurchoakland.org
Phone Number:510-488-3810

Micheline La Mont

Community Relationships Manager

Micheline La Mont oversees First Church’s events calendar and venue rentals, assisting 18 Community Partners and the public with use of space at First Church. She also leads the weekly communications effort, overseeing the weekly newsletter, email and social media. She brings more than 35 years of experience in the marketing and public relations space to First Church.

A native San Franciscan, Micheline has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life, residing in Oakland
since 1989. Micheline thrives on the pulse of the East Bay, enjoying cycling in the hills, hiking, attending community events, and gardening.

Email: micheline@firstchurchoakland.org
Phone Number:510-488-3810

Chris Weber

Interim Facility Manager

Chris is an architect with his own small architectural practice in Oakland, focusing primarily on the design of homes. He has served as both an elder and deacon with First Church, where he also sings in the church’s choir. He is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture. His responsibilities with First Church include care and maintenance of facilities, managing the church’s relationships with its tenants and ministry partners, and executing the church’s plan for facility transformation.

Email: chris@firstchurchoakland.org
Office Phone: 510-488-3810
Office Hours: 9 am – 4 pm