Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco, CA. and has been active in ministry for almost 20 years. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have 2 daughters, Sarai Hope and Nylah Joy. In 2000, Pastor Mike graduated from Bethany College with a double bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies and Theology. In 2005, he graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy. Over the past 15 years, he has held leadership roles in both church and community organizations like Bible Way Christian Center, The Racial Justice Coalition of CA, NAACP, ACLU, the San Jose Interfaith Council and much more.
In June 2005, Pastor McBride launched a new church in West Berkeley, CA named The Way Christian Center. In January 2009, Pastor McBride became the Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action, a congregation based organizing federation within the PICO National Network. In January 2012, Pastor McBride became the national campaign director for PICO’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign, a comprehensive violence prevention, mass incarceration and life transformation campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States. He is deeply committed to empowering urban communities, families and youth, using the principles of a relevant and liberating gospel message that transforms lives.
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How are faith congregations involved in reforming our criminal justice system?
“You do find some consensus around attempting to dismantle the kind of exploding prison industry in our country,” explains Michael McBride, Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action and Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA. Faith congregations and churches are also now becoming aware of the issue and how to respond redemptively. “The church in particular has a very unique role to play in this regard.”
How do we change laws dealing with mass incarceration?
“Mass incarceration…does not start when individuals commit a particular crime,” answers Michael McBride, Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action and Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA. Many county jails are filled with people who are held in jail awaiting trail. To approach this, we can push for speedy trail dates and pre-trail hearings. “At some point, we have to make a decision as a society, where are we willing to put our money?”
Are mental health and incarceration connected?
“Hurting people hurts other people,” responds Michael McBride, Executive Director of Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action and Lead Pastor of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, CA. Exposure to trauma at a young age can create anti-social and criminal behavior. Those that do not have access to mental health services will most likely self-medicate, through the use of drugs and alcohol, which then can lead to other anti-social behavior.
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