The Way Christian Center Leadership
The Way Christian Center is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Mike is a San Francisco native who loves all things California–The 49ers, Lakers and Giants. He majored in Addiction Studies and Counseling at Bethany College before completing seminary at Duke University where he earned a Master of Divinity. God led him back to the Bay Area where he planted The Way Christian Center in 2005. He immersed himself in the local community: directing Black Campus Ministries at Cal and heading student support services at B-Tech continuation high school in Berkeley. In March 2012, he became the Director the LIVE FREE Campaign with the Faith In Action national network, a campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. He has supported the implementation of Gun violence reduction strategies in over a dozen cities which have achieved 30-40% reductions in gun related shootings and homicides.
Regarded as a national faith leader, active in the Ferguson uprisings and many subsequent uprisings, he helps bridge, train and support millennials and religious institutions working on racial justice and black liberation.
He currently serves as Lead Pastor at The Way and Director of the Live Free Campaign.
He is married to Cherise McBride and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarai and Nylah. Lady Cherise is from the Central Valley (Fresno) and has a passion for teaching, learning and all things crafty. She earned a degree in English from UC Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of San Francisco, and a PhD in Education from UC Berkeley. Her research lies at the intersection of literacy, digital technologies, and teacher development. She has taught English in Berkeley schools and appreciates getting to know and serve so many amazing students and families.
Pastor Erna was born in Seattle, but spent most of her life in Los Angeles. She served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Black Campus Ministries and Urban programs for 15 years. In 2015 she served as Director of Worship for Urbana Missions conference. She is currently pursuing her Masters in InterCultural Studies with the Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies. She loves preaching, investing in leaders, and helping communities grow in being places of ethnic identity development and racial justice. She served on the planning team for Clothed in the Sun a national conference for WOC leaders. She has served as MC of the National Christian Community Development Conference since 2014.
Pastor Tanisha was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She received her B.A. in Communications from Biola University and played basketball and ran track in both high school and college. She has been in youth ministry for over 25 years and is currently serving as the Director of Young Life College at Cal Berkeley. She is married to Jared and has three children: Tommy, Timmy and Jadyn. She loves playing sports, singing loudly in her car and having great conversations over a good cup of coffee. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary.
Director of Worship
Lauren is a multi talented leader who seeks to glorify God in all she does. A graduate of Hampton University she is a teacher at Roses in the Concrete Community School, a member of Sol Development a Hip Hop/Jazz/Soul band, and Director of worship at The Way.