Paster Mike McBride

National faith leader Lead Pastor, The Way Christian Center


Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San

Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Pastor

McBride's commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his

leadership roles in both the church and community organizations. A

graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with a Master of Divinity with

an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy, Pastor McBride founded The Way

Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead



In March 2012, he became the Director for the LIVE FREE Campaign with

Faith in Action, 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 is one of the national

leaders in the movement to implement public health and community

centered gun violence prevention programs, which have contributed in 50%

reductions of gun related homicides in Oakland and many other cities

across the country. He is a co-founder of Community Justice Reform

Coalition and the National Black Brown Gun Violence Prevention

Consortium which work to center black and brown gun violence prevention

practitioners and scale up life-saving interventions related to urban and

communal violence.


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.

Pastor McBride has served on a number of local and national task forces

with the White House and Department of Justice regarding gun violence

prevention, boys and men of color and police-community relationships. In

2016 he was appointed as an Advisor on President Obama’s Faith Based

Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He has

been a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post,

MSNBC, CNN, the Huffington Post and many other media outlets providing

commentary on issues related to faith and racial justice.


He is married to Cherise McBride and they have two beautiful daughters,

Sarai and Nylah.

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