Our Church History
Mission - Vision - What We Believe
From Humble Beginnings
Our Church History
After being loyal and faithful members at The Green Pastures Church in Oakland, CA for about 20 years, Reverend Alfred M. Fisher and his wife Myrtle Fisher were called to Pastoral ship. The Fisher Memorial Church Non-Denominational Church was birthed October 1989 in the living room of their home at 2315 109th Avenue, Oakland. A few months’ later services were moved from their living room to their double garage. There Brother Eugene Fortune was the organist; Pastor Fisher, the guitarist; and young Peter Fisher, the percussionist- played drums on the back of pots and pans.
The ministry grew quickly. At one point there were 56 people attending services in that garage. The meetings were highly anointed! Due to the fact of such spirited gatherings, the neighbors complained, voicing their concerns with the police.
In 1991, the ministry was blessed to move to 8901 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. Here is where the ministry with the theme “A Church Where Love is Demonstrated, and the Spirit of God is Manifested” began and the congregation grew in numbers and maturity.
In response to the needs of the community, the church was able to develop a boys and girls mentoring program, after-school tutoring, & a Food Pantry- which gave out bag lunches that were hand-made by church members. Today some of our educational services include a Singles Ministry, led by Missionary Nora Penn; a Couple’s Ministry, led by Minister and Missionary Peter & Brandi Fisher; and Little People’s Church classes, led by Sister Minnie Titus; and choir, led by Sister Elaine Valentine, & Sister Michelle Harston. To date, these programs have grown and expanded to reach thousands within the community.
As God continues to unfold His tremendous blessings upon this ministry, He has now commissioned that we have our own building and on September 18, 2011, FMC had its first worship service in its present location, 4560 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.
We the members of the Fisher Memorial Church are truly appreciative of what the Lord has done and where He has brought us from.
Our mission is to serve as an extension of Christ’s Hands of Love and to proclaim God’s Word and provide an atmosphere enabling the lost, to be transformed from sin, bondage, sickness and poverty, to a state of being spiritually educated, mature and equipped disciples, who are living a victorious life style reflecting the principles of Grace through Christ.
Our Vision is not only to have the capacity to further promote the Kingdom of God locally, nationally and globally through outreach and discipleship but also to have the following “Facilities of Help,” to tangibly transform lives spiritually, mentally, financially and socially:
A Gymnasium for our Youth
A “School for Transitional Training,” where those without the skills can be taught different vocations. Such as Welding Mechanics and Paralegal Training
A “GED Educational Institution,” to teach those seeking to obtain their GED
A “Employment Office,” for those seeking career opportunities and provide facilities to teach interviewing skills and supply appropriate clothing
“Housing for the Homeless” by serving hot meals, providing grooming packets, clothing, shelter and addressing mental and socialization skills.
A “Bible College” providing affordable and economical accessibility to learn the Basic knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
Fisher Memorial Church
Statement of Belief
The Holy Bible
The scriptures both of the Old and New Testament which is compose of the sixty-six books were directly inspired and verbally dictated by our Heavenly Father and are the revelation from God to man, the authentic, infallible and authoritative word of God, and the only genuine standard and rule for Christian Faith and practice. (2Timothy 3:16 -17)
We believe as declared in Genesis 1: 26 -27, that God created man in his own image making him sacred from his birth and throughout his life. As demonstrated by Christ, it is our responsibility to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of everyone by treating them with love, dignity, compassion and understanding.
The Trinity Nature of God
We believe there is only one God who exist in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, they are all equal in power and glory. They together created, upholds and governs everything. (Genesis 1:1; 3:27; 5:1)
God the Father We believe God the Father is creator, ruler of the universe. He is eternal, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. God is absolutely Holy, Righteous and Just. He abounds in love and mercy as revealed in his plan for man. (Psa.90:2; Isa. 46:10; Proverbs 15:3; Matthew 19:26; John 3:16)
God the Son He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, through a virgin birth and was God in the flesh. Jesus lived a sinless human life, performed many miracles and was the voice of his Father in the earth realm. He offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. As he predicted, he rose from the grave after three days to affirm his power over sin, death and the grave. Christ then ascended to the right side of his throne with his Father in Glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 2:35; Hebrews4:5; I Cor. 15:4; Luke 24:50)
God The Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, and is the “Comforter” promised by Jesus in John 14: 15 - 26. He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; is the supernatural agent of God in the conversion of the lost; dwells in all believers and empowers them to live a Godly life. He is also the divine teacher who leads believers into all truth.
Man’s Fall and Redemption
We believe that man was originally created in the image of God, but the entire race of mankind was separated from God when he disobeyed him and sinned. This brought on both physical and spiritual death. (Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 59:1,2; Romans 3:23).
Man’s Redemption through Salvation
We believe that through the first Adam acts of spiritual defiance he not only severed his communion with God but also marred and corrupt the seed of his offspring bringing them in disharmony and a dysfunctional ungodly relationship. As a result of Jesus Christ offering himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all humanity by suffering and dying on the cross, he paid the price to bring us into harmony and reconciliation with our Heavenly Father. This gift is called salvation. It is free to all who accepts him as the Son of God and believes on him according to Romans 10: 9-11. (John 3:14,15; 5:24; I Corinthians 15:22).
We believe that even as Jesus allowed himself to be baptized by John the Baptist in Matthews 3:15-17 and commanded his disciples to do the same to all the believers in Matthews 28:19, that we should also be baptized. Baptism by immersion represents the both the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our new transformation into a new creature in Christ.
It is also your public declaration that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The Lord’s Supper
We believe as Jesus commanded in Luke 22:19 that the ordinance of the Lord Supper is essential. It is to be continuously observed by all the Christians. It is sacred and requires us to examine ourselves before partaking. It is a memorial of our Savior’s suffering and death. He commanded us to observed it unto he returns. (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-32)
Baptism of the Holy Ghost
We believe just as the 121 received the Holy Ghost in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2nd Chapter after being commanded of Jesus in Acts 1:4,5, that it is important that we also seek the Lord until he baptizes us with his Holy Spirit,
We believe “The baptism of the Holy Ghost” is an experience apart from the “New Birth,” (see V. Man’s Redemption through Salvation). It is an overshadowing the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance (Acts 2:1-4; 19:1-6).
We believe the baptism of the Holy Ghost his evidence of having divine power for witnessing and being equipped to fulfill your God-given mission. (Micah 3:8; Zec.4:6; Luke 4:14; Acts.1:8; Acts 4:33Acts 19:11,12; Ephesians 3:11; I Corinthians 1:27: II Corinthians 12:10).
We believe that it is mandatory for all believers to live a sanctified lifestyle. It is the act of being separated from the secular (evil) to that which is Holy (good) or used for God’s divine purpose. The Bible teaches us to “put a difference between that which is holy and unholy, between that which is clean and unclean (Leviticus 10:10). Hebrew 12:14 teaches us that without question we must be Holy in order to see God (Leviticus 11:45; Luke 1:75; 2 Corinthians 7:1: I Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 3:11;)
We believe that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. It is Hope and reward of every believer. I Thessalonians 4:13-17 teaches that Jesus will one day return and take all who have accepted him as their personal Savior to be with him forever. (Acts 24:15; Col. 1:5: Titus 2:13; Hebrews 6:18,19; I Peter1:3)
We believe that Hell is an actual place of permanent separation from God, for those who are unsaved and do not accept him as their Savior. It is his will that none should perish but all have everlasting life. This is why he sent his only begotten Son to offer salvation and hope for all.