Resurrection Oakland Church is a multigenerational, multiethnic Christian church in downtown at 1701 Franklin St. Founded under Pastor Brent Webster, Resurrection Oakland began services at the Impact Hub in March 2018, and opened the doors to its current Franklin St. location on September 15, 2019. 1
According to Resurrection Oakland's website:
"Resurrection Oakland is a new church in Oakland seeking to love God, love one another, and love our City. We don’t have all the answers. Nor do we have it all together. Rather, we are broken, messy people who are learning the way of Jesus and how to live for a story bigger than ourselves." 1
In May 2019, Resurrection Oakland purchased the First Church of Christ, Scientist building. After making modifications, primarily to accommodate the ResKids Sunday school rooms and nursery, Resurrection Oakland began services there on September 15, 2019.
By that time Resurrection Oakland had commenced a major six-month restoration project with Nzilani Glass of Oakland to conserve the sanctuary's large 12 panel, inverted stained-glass dome. The "Stained Glass Dome Conservation of Resurrection Oakland" was the winner of a 2020 Preservation Design Award for Craftsmanship/Preservation Technology.2 The dome is among the many stained glass windows original to the building's construction (1900-1901), designed by Charles David Grolle and crafted by the glass manufacturing studios of Flanagan & Biedenweg, Chicago, Illinois, with some windows containing images from the Christian Science tradition.1
The building is on the Preservation Study List and rated "A" by the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey. It is also individually eligible for the National Register. The Cultural Heritage Survey stated that the building
"is one of Oakland's few truly characteristic examples of Romanesque Revival styling that was most popular in the 19th and very early 20th centuries and is probably Oakland's only example of lava stone as a primary surface material. The lava stone and the building's squat picturesque composition with expansive roof surfaces reflects the contemporary Craftsman Movement. The interior is distinguished by its vaulted ceiling and interesting spatial volumes." 1