CC SA-BY Our Oakland

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Church Of The Good Shepherd is a Baptist church in Longfellow.  The church has adopted Helen McGregor Plaza Park, across the street, where they serve food to the homeless once per month.

799 52nd St
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 653-6055

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The church was started in 1956. Ruth and Eugene Lasartemay were long-time members of Beth Eden Baptist Church. There was a contentious debate about who to bring in as a new pastor. According to Mark Lasartemay, Eugene, who was one of the trustees, wanted to bring in an unknown named Martin Luther King, Jr. When the decision was made to bring in someone else, the Larsartemays left the church and founded the Church of the Good Shepherd.

According to the church Facebook page:

On the night of October 21, 1956, seventeen persons gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Lasartemay in Berkeley CA, and voted to organize a Church. They took the name of "Progressive Religious Workers." Within three months, the group became known as the Church of the Good Shepherd. 1

The cornerstone gives an organization date of March 10, 1957, and was laid March 12, 1967.

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Links and References

  1. Church of the Good Shepherd on Facebook