It all began in 1961 when Moraga was becoming a new residential community. First meeting in a school, then acquiring the unique hillside property, MVPC in its first ten years became a vital congregation of several hundred members. It was during this decade the chapel (now Fellowship Hall) and a wing of classrooms were built. Through the next ten years MVPC further developed its ministry to children and youth, building the Fireside room in 1975 and remaining steady in its membership through several pastors.
In 1982 MVPC called its fifth pastor, Jim Rueb, with timing that coincided with God’s readiness to significatly expand the church’s life and ministry. With a renewed focus on Christ, proclamation of God’s Word, and a greater vision for reaching Lamorinda area, MVPC began to deepen its spiritual life, grow its membership and expand its programs to meet the spiritual needs of the community.
In 1987, with a membership now passing 500 members, plans were laid for the development of the church campus, beginning with a new worship center which would be the center of MVPC’s life. After years in the town approval process, two capital campaigns, and five community Easter services in the Rheem Theater, MVPC completed and dedicated its beautiful new worship center in spring, 1992.
The 1990s was a decade of further growth for MVPC, powered in part by the development of unusually large and very dynamic programs for children, youth and young families. During this time, God’s reach through MVPC also began extending further into the greater world. Partnering with such urban ministries as World Impact in West Oakland and the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, the church responded in a significant way with both people and funding. Along with growing partnerships with ministries overseas, the ministry of MVPC continued to expand.
In 1997, a campaign called, “Opening the Door to the Future,” raised nearly $7 million to completely underwrite a new Family Ministry Center. Believing the future is the next generation, the congregation joyfully and generously gave to open the door to greater ministry. This now much-utilized complex provides space for our children and student ministries as well as our Christ-centered preschool call “The Nurtury.” Dedicated in fall 1999, the Family Ministry Center has become a second home for literally hundreds of young people.
At the turn of the millennium, MVPC had become a congregation of over 1000 official members and some 500 friends who called MVPC their church home. Programs especially for women, like Mom’s Council and Women’s Bible Study continued to grow. MVPC men met together early on Saturday mornings for Men’s Bible Study and in community groups before work on other days in the week. Parent education and marriage enrichment classes complemented biblical study seminars and an increasing number of home groups meeting for personal growth, prayer support, and meaningful fellowship. In spring 2004 over 700 people met for six weeks during Lent in The Purpose Driven Life program. One of these groups became Soul Mates, a growing fellowship for young married couples.
In May 2011 Pastor Jim Rueb retired after almost 29 years of ministry at MVPC. Rev. Dr. Geoff Brown served MVPC as Interim Pastor from October 2011 to June 2013. Pastor Rob Perkins began his service to God and His people gathered at MVPC on July 1, 2013. His installation service was held Sunday, September 15.