REVEREND DOCTOR AMBROSE CARRReverend Dr. Ambrose F. Carroll, Sr., Senior PastorLL, SENIOR

The Reverend Doctor Ambrose Carroll, Sr. is one of the nation’s premiere Practical Theologians. After graduating from Oakland High School in 1987, Ambrose went on to do his undergraduate work at Florida Memorial College in Miami, Fl. He further received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta GA, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio, and a Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Carroll was licensed to the Gospel ministry at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in 1989 and ordained at the Beth Eden Baptist Church in 1994. He has served as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, Interim Pastor of the Rising Star Baptist Church of Oakland, Senior Pastor of the St. Paul Tabernacle Baptist Church of San Francisco, Senior Pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church of Denver, Co. and the Founding Pastor of the Renewal Worship Center Christian Church of Denver, CO. Renewal Worship Center is one of the first foundationally environmentally friendly “Green” Churches in the Country. Dr. Carroll combines theology with ecology and challenges the church universal to embrace its mantle of creation care. This church was listed in the May edition of Fast Company Magazine and on CNN as one of the most innovative business ideas of 2011, stating, "Carroll has taken faith-based initiatives to a new level with what you might call initiative-focused faith. His inner-city church has an explicitly environmental emphasis and an outreach arm that offers green-job training and placement."
In that same vein, Dr. Carroll has expanded his work to the Bay Area by creating a national campaign to “Green the Church”. His non-profit, Renewal, is poised to educate the Black Church and lead in the creation of sustainable programs to undergird the work of creating green and efficient Church buildings. This forward thinking movement has also received coverage from Jet Magazine in an article entitled "Black Ministers Team Up to Green the Church". One can follow Pastor Carroll's consciousness, as he is a signature contributor to, part of The Huffington Post Media Group. 
Because of his work with Green the Church and its national reach, Dr. Carroll was selected by Congress Woman Maxine Waters to be in the Senate Chambers during the January 2017 confirmation hearing for Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III. He joined other prominent and progressive voices of concerned clergy in attendance from around the country, such as, Reverend Dr. Amos C. Brown, senior pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, CA and president of the San Francisco Chapter of the NAACP; Reverend Shane Scott, senior pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA; Reverend Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, senior pastor of the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX; and the Reverend Dr. Delman Coats of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD.
Dr. Carroll also serves on the  Steering Committee of the California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL). The mission of this organization is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. This ministry intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all. 
Dr. Carroll is a commissioned Lieutenant in the United States Navy and is doing reserve duty as a Chaplain in Alameda. Dr. Carroll is married to the former Miss Katresa Williams and they have three children, eleven-year-old Amber Marie, ten-year-old Ambrose Jr. and five-year-old Amani Nicole.


The dynamic pastoral team who assists the Pastor in carrying out the mINISTRY of the church in the best interest of the congregation.

L to R: Reverends M.J. Carraway, Dr. Barbara Galloway-Lee, Dr. Frankie Moore, Hilda Smith, and Vernola Williams

The Diaconate

Deacons serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church-doing the benevolence work, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation-for the purposes of allowing the pastoral staff to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, promoting unity within the church, and facilitating the spread of the gospel.

Deacons Mildred Crear, Ruby Farris, Terry Jones, Joseph Newman, Juanita Papillon, and Dorothy Reeves (on leave).