Welcome to Heart of the Bay!

If you are checking us out for the first time or looking to find a church that feels like home, we welcome you!


Here at Heart of the Bay, we are more than a place to worship. We are a growing and loving church family. There are plenty of opportunities to make friends, receive an incredible message from God’s Word, and be a positive influence in the lives of others through God’s love. There is something here for everyone and we invite you to take a look and see!

At Heart of the Bay Christian Center our vision is

Reaching the Lost, Healing the Hurting and Maturing the Believer!



We are a non-denominational, multi-ethnic and multi-generational Church rooted in Jesus Christ.
He is the reason why we gather together as a community and why our lives are completely
changed for the better!

Meet Pastors Mark and Brenda Thomas

Pastors Mark and Brenda have been the Senior Pastors of Heart of the Bay Christian Center since 1982. They count it a great privilege to pastor such a dynamic church in the Bay Area. Our Pastors are passionate to see people discover God’s plan for their lives and to experience His freedom, joy and peace.


Mark and Brenda come from different backgrounds and life experiences. The blend of these diversities makes them a great ministry team. Mark grew up in a good Catholic family in Minneapolis, MN. Brenda grew up in rural Oklahoma and comes from a strong Pentecostal background. They met while attending RHEMA Bible College in Tulsa, OK. They were married shortly after graduation and soon entered into full time ministry.


Mark and Brenda are the proud parents of two married sons, who are both in full time ministry, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and most importantly, three amazing granddaughters!

Church Staff

  • PAstors Tom and Kimberly Hernandez - Asst. Pastors

    Assistant Pastors and Worship Leaders for decades, Pastors Tom and Kimberly have faithfully served at HBCC guiding and teaching the skills and heart of worship to the Worship Team and congregation alike.


  • Pastor Nancy DeMello - Pastoral Care

    Faithfully dedicated to growing believers of all ages in their relationship with God, Pastor Nancy has participated and overseen many ministries and continues providing Pastoral Care to those that are hurting and in need.


  • Chuck and Sherri Woods - Children's Ministers

    Growing up at HBCC Chuck never left Children's Ministry. Joined in ministry by Sherri they are dedicated to teaching our children the love of God along with the Children In Action Team.


  • Ruben and Sabrina Richardson - Youth Ministers

    Sabrina has faithfully served our youth for over a decade, joined by Ruben they are teaching our youth the Word of God and the love of God alongside the Oneighty Youth Team.